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Arctic Monkeys lead Mercury Music nominations (2006)

The Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

ARCTIC Monkeys have emerged as the hot favourites to land this year’s Mercury Music Prize, with the likes of Thom Yorke, Guillemots and Muse well worth an outside bet.

Bookmakers William Hill are reportedly offering odds of 5/1 on both Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke, as well as Muse, Editors and Guillemots.

The 12 nominations, which recognise the best UK or Irish album of the past year, were announced on Tuesday (July 18, 2006) and further include albums by Hot Chip, Isobel Campbell, Scritti Politti and rapper Sway.

The winner will be presented with a £20,000 cheque on September 5.

The full shortlist is:

Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Ballad Of The Broken Seas
Editors – The Back Room
Guillemots – Through The Windowpane
Richard Hawley – Coles Corner
Hot Chip – The Warning
Muse – Black Holes And Revelations
Zoe Rahman – Melting Pot
Lou Rhodes – Beloved One
Scritti Politti – White Bread, Black Beer
Sway – This Is My Demo
Thom Yorke – The Eraser

The Mercury Music Prize was established in 1992, when Primal Scream’s Screamadelica won.

They have a habit of recognising some surprise acts, despite including high-profile bands among the nominees’ shortlist. Last year’s recipient was Antony and the Johnsons for their album I Am A Bird Now.