By: Spacelab Research Staff
The Shortlist Music Prize announced its final version of contendees for the prize last week, and it includes diverse names like Tom Waits, Beirut, Band Of Horses, Joanna Newsom, and Hot Chip. The winner will be announced in May.
This also means that some very good albums were cut to arrive at the final list, including work by Neil Young, TV On The Radio, Matmos, The Knife, and Art Brut, among others.
The Shortlist has been around since 2001, barring that whole Pantheon Music Prize thing last year, and gives an award to artists who have not had their album reach gold status but still offered up quality work. The idea is to focus on albums that are bright and creative, that lie just underneath mass popularity but are still well known and celebrated. They get judged by jury of their peers (a.k.a. the Listmakers) like other musicians and journalists.
This year's Listmakers are Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Ronnie Vannucci (the Killers), Franz Ferdinand, KT Tunstall, Panic! at the Disco, Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Sufjan Stevens, and journalists Toure (BET, Rolling Stone) and Rev. Moose (CMJ).
Past winners include some of the most valued bands of today, like Sigur Rós, Damien Rice, TV on the Radio, and Sufjan Stevens.