Plan B, Alt-J and The Maccabees are among the records named as 'Albums Of The Year'
The shortlist of the 12 ‘Albums Of The Year’ chosen by an independent judging panel were announced today (September 12) at London’s Hospital Club. The final award for the £20,000 prize will be announced on November 1.
Alt-J were previously named as the odds-on favourite for the 2012 prize by bookmakers, but their odds have now slipped to 5-1.
Rupert Adams of bookmakers William Hill said: “This has been a year of musical excellence with these albums representing a diverse range of styles from UK artists. This quality is reflected in the closeness of the odds we’ve given to the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize ‘Albums Of The Year’ – every album here could be a winner.”
The full list of nominated albums is:
Alt-J – ‘An Awesome Wave’ (5/1)
Richard Hawley – ‘Standing On The Sky’s Edge’ (4-1)
Plan B – ‘Ill Manors’ (4-1)
Sam Lee – ‘Ground Of Its Own’ (10-1)
Lianne La Havas – ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ (8-1)
Django Django – ‘Django Django’ (5-1)
The Maccabees – ‘Given To The Wild’ (7-1)
Ben Howard – ‘Every Kingdom’ (8-1)
Jessie Ware – ‘Devotion’ (7-1)
Roller Trio – ‘Roller Trio’ (10-1)
Field Music – ‘Plumb’ (10-1)
Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Home Again’ (8-1)
Reacting to their nomination, Alt-J’s Thom Green said: “It feels very surreal. To be in this position is something I’ve always wanted. I want people to know if there’s anything that you want to do just go out and do it. That’s basically what I did, do what you want and do what you love.”
His bandmate Gwil Sainsbury added: “Wow. It sounds cheesy but it’s kind of like a dream come true. I’ve always watched the Mercuries and been really into them and never thought that we would ever be in the position to get a nomination. So yeah, it’s pretty surreal.”
Click below to replay the nominations, as they happened.