The Technics-sponsored 2001 Mercury Music Prize nominations have been announced. The 12 finalists are:
Radiohead – Amnesiac
Gorillaz – Gorillaz
Turin Brakes – The Optimist LP
Basement Jaxx – Rooty
Ed Harcourt – Here Be Monsters
Elbow – Asleep In The Back
Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
Super Furry Animals – Rings Around The World
PJ Harvey – Stories From The City/Stories From The Sea
Zero 7 – Simple Things
Susheela Raman – Salt Rain
Tom McRae – Tom McRae
The Mercury Music Prize is awarded to a British or Irish artist/band whom a panel of judges, composed of journalists and music academics feel is the most worthy, with the winner assured of a place on many a coffee table and a £20,000 cash prize ($28,564). The selection is made from albums released between August 2000 and July 2001.
Previous winners include Pulp, Roni Size/Reprazent, M People, Gomez, Talvin Singh and, last year's winner, Badly Drawn Boy's The Hour Of Bewilderbeast.
Gorillaz, whose members include Blur's Damon Albarn, have told the panel that they can "shove" their award and describe the nomination as like "carrying a dead albatross round your neck for eternity."