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Barclaycard Music Prize 2009: Nominees announced


Story by Jack Foley

THE nominations for the Barclaycard Music Prize 2009 have been announced with Kasabian (pictured), Bat For Lashes, Florence & The Machine and La Roux all in the running.

The 12 albums on the shortlist were all released in the past year by British and Irish artists and the nominations were announced by Lauren Laverne at The Hospital club in London on Tuesday morning (July 21).

The Horrors, Lisa Hannigan and Glasvegas are also on the shortlist and among the immediate favourites – although the highly coveted Mercury Prize seldom goes for the obvious.

Bat For Lashes, for instance, were favourites to win for their debut album, Fur & Gold, in 2007 after a lot of last minute betting seemed to suggest Natasha Khan would prevail. But she was beaten by Klaxons.

Last year’s winners were Elbow, for their critically-acclaimed LP The Seldom Seen Kid.

This year’s prize ceremony will take place in London on September 8, with the winner set to be decided by the panel of judges on the night.

The full nominations for the Barclaycard Music Prize 2009 are:

Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
Florence And The Machine – Lungs
Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires
Glasvegas – Glasvegas
The Horrors – Primary Colours
La Roux – La Roux
Led Bib – Sensible Shoes
The Invisible – The Invisible
Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew
Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men

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