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Mercury Prize Nominees Announced

Mercury Prize Nominees Announced

You can usually look to the shortlist of Mercury Prize contenders to find some of the best albums of the year so far. And 2006 is no exception, as this year’s candidates for the U.K.’s top music award are a solid bunch. The finalists are:

1. Arctic Monkeys
2. Isobel Campbell
3. Editors
4. Guillemots
5. Richard Hawley
6. Hot Chip
7. Muse
8. Zoe Rahman
9. Lou Rhodes
10. Scritti Politti
11. Sway
12. Thom Yorke

Among them, the frontrunners are probably Arctic Monkeys and Editors, easily two of the biggest debut sensations to emerge from the U.K. in years. The winner will be announced September 5. Over at BBC News, they’ve got an informative rundown of each finalist, so you can get familiar.

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