Weller and Dizzee up for Mercury
Published 20/07/2010 | 13:07
Paul Weller has been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize for the first time in 16 years - and will battle it out with past winner Dizzee Rascal.
Also in the running are hotly tipped The xx - whose music provided the theme for the BBC's election coverage - and 40-something Mancunian trio I Am Kloot. They are among 12 acts battling for the respected award, officially called the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which rewards the outstanding album of the year.
Weller has only once been nominated for the Mercury since its 1992 launch.
Also finding a repeat inclusion is Laura Marling, whose I Speak Because I Can follows her 2008 debut Alas, I Cannot Swim on to the shortlist. Established names on this year's list include Corinne Bailey Rae and Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro.
Kendal quartet Wild Beasts and Oxford's Foals are both shortlisted for second albums. The list does have a slight folk theme with entries for Marling, Mumford & Sons and Irish act Villagers.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel in September.
Weller said he was "very pleased" at his Wake Up The Nation album's inclusion on the shortlist. He said: "I think the record is great and it deserves a lot more recognition than it's got."
Corinne, who gave a haunting performance of a track from her album The Sea at the launch event in London, said of her nod: "I'm really pleased, I have watched the prize lots of times on the television... It's a really broad range of artists."
Dizzee Rascal said: "I feel wicked to be nominated."