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Cat Power Wins Shortlist Music Prize


By: Spacelab Research Staff
The shortlist for the Shortlist Music Prize was cut to the shortest it can be yesterday as it was reduced to one final member and winner... the prodigous Chan Marshall as Cat Power.

Cat Power was named back in 2003 for the album You Are Free, but lost to Damien Rice. This year she becomes the first woman to ever win the Shortlist Music Prize.

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.

2007 Shortlist:
Band of Horses
Bonnie Prince Billy
Cat Power
Girl Talk
Hot Chip
Joanna Newsom
Regina Spektor
Spank Rock
Tom Waits


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