The Mercury Prize, formerly called the Mercury Music Prize is a big deal. Previous winners have beenÂ Primal Scream, Suede, Portishead, Pulp, Roni Size/Reprazent, Gomez, Talvin Singh, Badly Drawn Boy, PJ Harvey, Ms. Dynamite, Dizzee Rascal, Franz Ferdinand, Antony and The Johnsons, Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and last year was Elbow. Impressed? You better be. Although how M People slipped in there is beyond us. Must have been a bad year. This year, alt-rock Kasabian has been nominated for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, andÂ are the runningÂ favourite, right next to Florence & The Machine.
This annual UK ‘album of the year award’ started in 1992 backed by labels BPI and the British Association of Record Dealers, now known as the Entertainment Retailers Associations. This year’sÂ nominees were announced by radio and TV presenter Lauren Laverne (formerly of Kenicke) on 21 JulyÂ in Central London. Nominees must be BritishÂ or Irish artists who have released an album/albums between July 2008 and July 2009.
It’s tough competition though with the very exciting La Roux, Florence And The Machine, Bat For Lashes, Glasvegas and dark horse Speech De Belle also in the running. Here’s what the band has to say on Xfm London, “It’s nice when it comes to you, because we’ve had lot of fights with media and the critics and stuff. But it seems like we’ve won. We try to invent new tastes in rock and roll music.”
The winner will be announced on September 8 and the awards bash will be hosted by BBC TV and radio presenter Jools Holland andÂ broadcast on BBC Two and the BBC’s Mercury Prize site. Don’t miss this!
Here are the nominees and their albums:
Bat For Lashes Two Suns
Florence and the Machine Lungs
Friendly Fires Friendly Fires
Kasabian West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
La Roux La Roux
Led Bib Sensible Shoes
Lisa Hannigan Sea Sew
Speech Debelle Speech Therapy
Sweet Billy Pilgrim Twice Born Men
The Horrors Primary Colours
The Invisible The Invisible
CheckÂ Kasabian out at www.kasabianweb.com and catch them on MTV World Stage coming to KL on 15 August at Sunway Lagoon Resort with All American Rejects and our boys Estranged. You can win tix right here at JUICE.