GORILLAZ have turned down their nomination for this year’s MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE, NME.COM can reveal.
As reported earlier today on NME.COM (July 24), the animated popsters were nominated for the award for their eponymous debut record.
However, a statement has been issued to NME.COM saying the group have declined the nomination, with bassist Murdoc claiming a Mercury nomination is “heavy” like “carrying a dead albatross round your neck for eternity”.
He said: “Mercury Award? Sounds a bit heavy man! Y’know sorta like carrying a dead albatross round your neck for eternity. No thanks man! Why don’t you nominate some other poor Muppet!”
A spokesperson for the awards confirmed that Gorillaz had refused the nomination, but was unable to comment further at this time.
The group had emerged as early favourites to win the award, with bookmakers William Hill offering odds of 3-1 to win. The second favourites for the award were Basement Jaxx‘ ‘Rooty’ and Radiohead‘s ‘Amnesiac’, which prior to Gorilaz‘ departure were both at 4-1.