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Mercury Prize 2010: Mumford & Sons among nominees

Mumford & Sons

Story by Jack Foley

NEW folk-rock heroes Mumford & Sons are among the nominees for this year’s Mercury Prizes, for their debut album Sigh No More.

They are joined on the shortlist by folk singer Laura Marling, a past nominee now up for her sophomore album, I Speak Because I Can, as well as urban rapper Dizzee Rascal, who is once again nomination seven years after winning the trophy for his debut album, Boy In Da Corner – on this occasion for Tongue N’ Cheek.

Paul Weller’s Wake Up The Nation is also in the running, alongside the eponymous debut album from The XX.

The shortlist is completed by indie band Wild Beasts, for Two Dancers, Corinne Bailey Rae (for The Sea), Biffy Clyro (for Only Revolutions), Foals (for Total Life Forever), Villagers (for Becoming A Jackal), I Am Kloot (for Sky At Night) and the Kit Downes Trio (for Golden).

The winner of the £20,000 prize will be announced on September 7, 2010.

Current odds place The XX as 5/2 favourites to win, according to Ladbrokes, who have been monitoring a growing momentum behind them. Villagers are the 25/1 outsiders.

Previous winners have included Speech Debelle, Elbow, Klaxons and Arctic Monkeys.