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2010 Mercury Music Prize

In the year 1992, the British Association of Record Dealers and the British Phonographic Industry joined forces to establish the Mercury Music Prize, or Mercury Prize, which has become a sought after accolade. It is currently sponsored by Barclaycard, and this year a list of well known and deserving artists have made it onto the nominees list for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize.

The list of nominations for the Mercury Music Prize is usually released in the month of July, with the awards ceremony taking place in September. Nominated artists receive a lot of exposure during this time. Nominees are selected by a group of music industry members, such as journalists, musicians and executives. There have been a few controversial decisions in the past, due to the award being exclusively for musicians and artists from Ireland and the United Kingdom. This was the case with the award given to Antony and the Johnsons. The group was born in the United Kingdom, but as they had relocated to the United States it was felt that their award was not compliant to the rules. Some of the previous years' winners include Primal Scream, M People, Gomez, Arctic Monkeys, Elbow and Dizzee Rascal.

The shortlist of nominees for the 2010 Mercury Music Awards are: I Am Kloot (Sky at Night), Villagers (Becoming A Jackal), Corinne Bailey Rae (The Sea), The XX (XX), Dizzee Rascal (Tongue N Cheek), Foals (Total Life Forever), Biffy Clyro (Only Revolutions), Wild Beasts (Two Dancers), Laura Marling (I Speak Because I Can), Mumford and Sons (Sigh No More), Paul Weller (Wake Up The Nation) and Kit Downes Trio (Golden). Dizzee Rascal finds himself in a promising position, as he now stands a chance of winning the Mercury Music Award for a second time. Paul Weller was added to nominees list for the first time, while the addition of Villagers was the surprise nominee for 2010. The winner of this year's award will be announced on the 7th of September 2010, and all nominees are wished the best of luck.

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