Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year revealed

Barclaycard Mercury Music Award for Album of the Year 2011
Barclaycard Mercury Music Award for Album of the Year 2011

A significant year for musical creativity and diversity is confirmed by the 12 Albums of the Year shortlisted for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, announced today.

“This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist highlights the remarkable possibilities of what can be achieved with music – the grand gesture and telling detail, albums that are dramatic, ambitious and artful, emotional and affectionate, funny and profound. Much of the music here evokes a sense of place and time, providing a wonderful snapshot of Britain’s varied musical life.” said Simon Frith, Chair of Judges.

The 2011 Mercury Prize Albums of the Year are:

Adele – 21
Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!
Everything Everything – Man Alive
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock – Good Days at Schloss Elmau
James Blake – James Blake
Katy B – On a Mission
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Metronomy – The English Riviera
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize celebrates a year in UK music. The shortlist, chosen from an entry of over 240 albums, was announced by Lauren Laverne. The event was hosted by The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, the club for the creative industries.

The overall winner of the 2011 Prize will be announced at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show, which will be broadcast live on BBC Two and 6 Music on Tuesday 6 September 2011. Lauren Laverne will present the TV programme, with the Awards Show event itself hosted by Jools Holland.

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The xx claim Barclaycard Mercury Prize

The xx - mercury prize winners

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize award ceremony took place last night at Grosvenor House in London, presented by the ever popular musician Jools Holland.

Nominations for the esteemed prize were selected from all musical genres by an independent, possibly slightly pretentious judging panel including musicians, producers, presenters and music journalists.

The Prize recognises and celebrates music in the UK and has a reputation for highlighting a wide range of bands and artists. Albums released between July 2009 and July 2010 were eligible for this year’s Prize.

To be fair the panel’s decision is based solely on the music on the albums and all genres of music are treated equally and of course it is important to include music from all popular genres.

The twelve albums that were nominated for this years award were:

Biffy Clyro –  Only Revolutions
Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea
Dizzee Rascal – Tongue N’ Cheek
Foals – Total Life Forever
I Am Kloot – Sky At Night
Kit Downes Trio –  Golden
Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Paul Weller – Wake Up the Nation
The xx – xx
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
Wild Beasts –  Two Dancers

Following sterling live performances from all of the nominations the judges awarded the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize to The xx for their album xx.

Simon Frith, Chair of Judges commented, “The xx have a unique sense of time and space – urban and enigmatic. The result is a wonderfully atmospheric album – sparse, urgent, hypnotic and powerful.”