Burial are the bookies favourites to win the Mercury Prize tonight (Tuesday 9th Sept) in London. Dubstep producer Will Bevan a secretive South London musician recently revealed himself as the man behind Burial.
The odds for a Burial win are quoted at 4/6 with bookmaker Ladbrokes, with long shots Adele and Estelle bringing up the rear at 40/1.
Organisers of the Mercury Awards reiterate that the nominations are selected on musical calibre rather than chart performance, with some 240 albums being considered before arriving at the final twelve nominations.
The current favourites are as follows:
Burial 4/6, Elbow 5/2, Radiohead 5/1, Laura Marling 10/1, Last Shadow Puppets, Rachael Unthank 16/1.
Super Furry Animals side project Neon Neon are at currently ranked as an outsider at 33/1.
The awards can be seen on UK tv BBC2 starting at 22.00 BST.
Twelve albums have been nominated for this years Mercury Prize, the nominees were announced at an event in London’s Covent Garden last night.
The nominations for the best album of the year are:
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
Radiohead – In Rainbows
British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
Burial – Untrue
Estelle – Shine
Adele – 19
Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim
Rachel Unthank and The Winterset – The Bairns
Neon Neon – Stainless Style
Portico Quartet – Knee Deep In The North Sea
Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of Understatement
The nominations are an unusually eclectic mix of musical styles and some interesting choices, although I am not absolutely sure about the inclusion of Adele or Estelle as albums of the year.
What’s your choice and why?
NME stages its first USA awards ceremony at El Rey in Los Angeles tonight at 9pm(PST).
The event will include the much anticipated reunion of Jane’s Addiction. The eighties band have reformed specifically for the occasion where they will receive the NME award for Godlike Geniuses.
The Lemonheads will collect the award for NME Classic Album for their 1992 Its A Shame About Ray, while Mick Jones the former Clash legend will pick up the NME Inspiration award.
All of the aforementioned will be playing ‘live’ at the show, Mick Jones will perform with current band Carbon/Silicone, with special guests throughout the ceremony.
Other Artists in with a shout for an award are The Killers, Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance, Kings Of Leon and White Stripes among many others.
NME will be broadcasting the event online from 9pm (PST) tonight, so watch the action as it unfolds at the NME My Space page.
Here, for those of you who missed the Klaxons live performance with the gorgeous Rihanna at the Brit Awards 2008 on Wednesday night, with a cool rendition of Rihanna’s chart topping Umbrella song. Yes, I agree the original is somewhat annoying and over played wherever you go. But this version gets the Klaxon treatment; and all of a sudden it sounds really cooool!
Britains troubled songstress Amy Winehouse collected five awards last night, out of the six she had been nominated for. The singer dedicated her awards to her incarcerated husband Blake Fielder-Civil and to Camden Market which was hit by a huge fire at the weekend.
Winehouse won awards for record of the year, best new artist, best song of the year, best pop vocal album for ‘Back to black’ and best female pop vocal.
Whilst collecting her record of the year award she said “This is to my mum and dad – for my Blake incarcerated and to London, this is for London because Camden Town is burning down”.
Winehouse who was unable to attend the Grammys sang via a satellite link from London in front of a small crowd at a recording studio, but she still made the night hers by belting-out ‘You know I’m no good’ and ‘Rehab’, lets hope this is the inspiration she needed.
Other winners included White Stripes for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. (Rather bizarre title)
Foo Fighters took the awards for Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance.