GORILLAZ STILL IN RACE FOR THE PRIZE

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The cartoon group refused their nomination yesterday - but its not up to them, apparently...

GORILLAZ are still in the running for the MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE, despite the cartoon group yesterday refusing to accept their nomination (July 24).

As revealed on NME.COM, the group rejected their nomination – which initially placed them as bookies’ favourites to win – soon after the shortlist was announced in London.

However, his morning, a spokesperson for the Mercury Music Prize said it is not up to the band to decide whether they are entered or not – the decision lies with their label Parlophone, who submitted the record for entry.

A statement has been issued from Parlophone through the Mercury Music Prize press office, but it does not clarify whether they are willing to remove the record.

The statement from label MD Keith Wozencroft, commented: “I feel the Gorillaz have made a fantastic album and therefore I entered it for the Mercury Music Prize.”

A spokesperson for the awards committee said that until they get notification from the label, the record remains in contention for the award and the issue on whether Gorillaz remain in the competition is “something Gorillaz and Parlophone have to sort out between themselves”.

A spokesperson for Gorillaz said the group are currently unwilling to comment further on the issue.

In the wake of yesterday’s furore, they have dropped from favourites to win to fourth in the race. William Hill said this afternoon Radiohead and Basement Jaxx are now joint favourites to win the prize with odds of 4-1, followed by PJ Harvey at 9-2, while Gorillaz have fallen to 6-1.