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Mercury Music Prize 2007: Arctic Monkeys and Amy Winehouse in running

Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

THE Arctic Monkeys have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for the second year in a row and are joint favourites to retain the prize.

The Sheffield band’s sophomore album Favourite Worst Nightmare is up against Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black and Jamie T’s Panic Prevention for the coveted accolade.

A shortlist of 12 albums has been picked by a panel of experts to compete for the award, with the winner due to be announced on September 4. He, she or they will collect £20,000.

Another early favourite is rapper Dizzee Rascal, who also won the 2003 Mercury Music Prize. He has been nominated for his latest release, Maths and English.

Currently, Arctic Monkeys and Amy Winehouse have been installed as joint favourites to win the prize with with odds of 4/1.

But don’t bet against anyone from Klaxons, The View, New Young Pony Club and The Young Knives to stand a chance, particularly as the awards have developed a reputation for not always choosing the most obvious – or popular – sellers.

Another nominee who could yet surprise everyone is Bat for Lashes, otherwise known as Natasha Khan, whose debut album Fur and Gold was one of last year’s highlights.

And Maps – aka musician James Chapman – is also in the running for his excellent We can Create, which he produced in his bedroom in Northampton.

Comparisons with both Damien Rice and Bob Dylan are sure to put Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan in with a good chance for his album The End of History, while classically-trained quintet Basquiat Strings may well be an attractive proposition for their eponymous album.

Find out who won

The shortlist is…

Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
Dizzee Rascal – Maths and English
The View – Hats Off to the Buskers
Maps – We Can Create
Bat For Lashes – Fur and Gold
Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future
Jamie T – Panic Prevention
The Young Knives – Voices of Animals and Men
Fionn Regan – The End of History
Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford – Basquiat Strings
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
New Young Pony Club – Fantastic Playroom

  1. Being a music fanatic, the structure of songs is something i naturally study and i admire the time and effort spent by the band piecing the song together. With a unique blend of perfectly choreogrpahed riffs and spine tingling lyrics, I hope lightening does strike twice. Arctic Monkeys all the way.

    Tania-Jane    Jul 29    #