Elbow ‘honoured’ to be on Mercury Prize shortlist

Guy Garvey gives NME.COM his reaction to nomination

Guy Garvey has reacted to Elbow being nominated for Nationwide Mercury Prize this morning (July 22).

The band’s fourth album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ was named on the 12-strong shortlist for the 2008 award. It’s the second time the band have been nominated, after their debut ‘Asleep In The Back’ was picked in 2001.

“Awards that aren’t about record sales but lead people to good music are a great thing,” Garvey told NME.COM. “The Mercury has led us to some of our favourite music over the years and it’s an absolute honour to be involved in the shortlist. As this is the first record we’ve made all on our own, you can imagine how happy we are.”

See the full Nationwide Mercury Music Prize Shortlist 2008 on NME.COM now.

You can also read NME.COM‘s reaction to the Nationwide Mercury Music Prize nominations – and have your say on the who the judges left out – over on the NME Office Blog.