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Adele and Elbow lead 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominees


Story by Jack Foley

CHART sensation Adele and past winners Elbow lead the list of nominees for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

Announced on Tuesday, July 19, the shortlist comprises 12 names that, according t chairman of judges Simon Frith “highlights the remarkable possibilities of what can be achieved with music”.

“The grand gesture and telling detail, albums that are dramatic, ambitious and artful, emotional and affectionate, funny and profound,” he continued.

“Much of the music here evokes a sense of place and time, providing a wonderful snapshot of Britain’s varied musical life.”

The 2011 Albums of the Year are:

Adele – 21
Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!
Everything Everything – Man Alive
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock – Good Days at Schloss Elmau
James Blake – James Blake
Katy B – On a Mission
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Metronomy – The English Riviera
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize celebrates a year in UK music.

The shortlist, chosen from an entry of over 240 albums, was announced by Lauren Laverne at an event hosted by The Hospital Club in Covent Garden.

The overall winner of the 2011 Prize will be announced at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show, which will be broadcast live on BBC Two and 6 Music on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.