Mercury Prize Shortlist Includes Dizzee Rascal, The XX

    The 2010 Mercury Prize shortlist was announced and a pair of contrasting acts lead the list: Dizzee Rascal and the xx. The “Barclaycard Mercury Prize” (hey, it’s the 21st Century–gotta thank the sponsor, right?)’s annual music award nominations for the best album from the U.K. or Ireland also includes artists ranging from veteran Paul Weller to young lions Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling. The full list is below.

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

    The award will be announced on September 7 in London. In the meantime, hit up the Mercury Prize site for more information (as of publication time, the site has been unresponsive).

    [Guardian]