2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year Announced

Well, it’s this time of the year again. It is time for some of the best new and established bands to do battle for one of the most coveted prizes in the British music industry. The nominations for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize have been confirmed and this year’s contest looks set to be a belter! Young Academic is again right at the heart of all the musical events that we know students know and love and today is no different – check out the nominations below…

It has been a significant year for musical creativity and diversity, as has been confirmed by the twelve ‘Albums of the Year’ shortlisted for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

Simon Frith, Chair of Judges  “This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist highlights the remarkable possibilities of what can be achieved with music – the grand gesture and telling detail, albums that are dramatic, ambitious  and artful, emotional and affectionate, funny and profound,” commented Simon Frith, Chair of Judges for the event.

“Much of the music here evokes a sense of place and time, providing a wonderful snapshot of
Britain’s varied musical life” he continued.

The 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums

Adele – 21

Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi

Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!

Everything Everything – Man Alive

Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam

Gwilym Simcock – Good Days at Schloss Elmau

James Blake – James Blake

Katy B – On a Mission

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

Metronomy – The English Riviera

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize celebrates a year in UK music. The shortlist, chosen from an
entry of over 240 albums, was announced by Lauren Laverne. The event was hosted by
The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, the club for the creative industries.

The overall winner of the 2011 Prize will be announced at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show, which will be broadcast live on BBC Two and 6 Music on Tuesday 6 September 2011. Lauren Laverne will present the TV programme, with the Awards Show event itself hosted by Jools Holland.

Students across the country will no doubt be waiting with great excitement to see who picks up the prize this year. Young Academic’s vote has to go for Elbow’s epic fifth album – Build a Rocket Boys but with another eleven splendid records to choose from, it could go down to the wire.

Intriguingly, first time ever, the Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominations event will be streamed live. Students can watch the nominations unfold live via Barclaycard’s Facebook page by clicking here.

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