Mercury Prize shortlist is announced in London

Paul Weller is one of the 12 artists whose albums were shortlisted for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

By John Curley

The shortlist for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize was announced this past Tuesday, July 20th, at The Hospital Club in London. BBC 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne did the honors. The Mercury Prize is an annual event that honors an album picked by a committee of music-business people as the top album in the UK. This year’s shortlist runs the gamut from albums by long-established artists like Paul Weller to those from young newcomers such as The xx. This year’s shortlist is as follows:

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

The winning album will be announced on September 7th in London.

As a longtime Paul Weller fan, I would really enjoy it if Weller took the prize. (This is Weller’s first Mercury Prize nomination.) But I believe that the prize will go to Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons, or The xx. Given that last year’s prize went to the little-known London rapper Speech Debelle (who has since apparently faded back into obscurity), I just can’t see the Mercury Prize committee going 180 degrees in the other direction and awarding the prize to Weller.

To watch a video of Lauren Laverne presenting the shortlist, click below:

Absolute Radio interviewed some of the Mercury Prize nominees after the shortlist was announced. To watch the interviews, click in the appropriate places below:

Paul Weller:

The xx:

Corinne Bailey Rae:

Dizzee Rascal:

For more on this story, see the articles from BBC 6 Music, XFM London, and

For additional information about the Mercury Prize, see:

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