Musicians react to Mercury Prize shortlist on Twitter

Portishead's Geoff Barrow and Bring Me The Horizon aren't happy with this year's picks

Musicians have been giving their reactions to the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2011 shortlist, which was announced this morning (July 19).

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly‘s Sam Duckworth backed Metronomy‘s ‘The English Riviera’ for the prize, writing on “Here’s hoping 20-1 on Metronomy comes through. Certainly my album of the year.”

Emmy The Great bigged up Elbow and PJ Harvey, writing on her page “Guy Garvey and PJ Harvey for King and Queen of the world.”

Nominees Everything Everything tweeted via that while they were happy to be nominated, they were sad to see Wild Beasts and Dutch Uncles not make the list.

Portishead mainman Geoff Barrow wasn’t best pleased with the list, writing on his Twitter account “Mercury Prize also joins in with the decline of modern British music. Sounds like a Radio 1 roadshow line-up.”

Sheffield metallers Bring Me The Horizon also weren’t happy, with a section of their fans holding a small protest outside the awards launch because of the lack of metal music represented. The band have subsequently thanked all those who participated via their Twitter account

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