By: Spacelab Research Staff
After naming the final Shortlist back in January, the Shortlist Music Prize announced its winner for 2008 - and it's Feist! She had some serious competition with the likes of the Arcade Fire, Spoon, Wilco and LCD Soundsystem, so any win for anybody this year is worthy of noting the competition.
This year it was the international list ... seven listees are from outside the USA.
She was the second female president, oops, I mean female Shortlist winner (politics on the brain!) after Cat Power won last year. She's also the first Canadian to win. Now Feist can play her Grammy gig with momentum of the Shortlist Music Prize behind her.
Feist won for her album The Reminder. The Shortlist was originally pared down from an inital list of 54 albums.
This year's Listmakers are Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol) and Ronnie Vannucci (the Killers), journalist Rev. Moose (CMJ), radio DJ Chris Douridas (KCRW) and the hosts of Hunnypot Internet Radio. It was the seventh incarnation of the Shortlist.
The Shortlist Music Prize has been around since 2001, barring that whole Pantheon Music Prize thing, 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.
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Burial - Untrue
Feist - The Reminder
Justice - Cross
LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
M.I.A. - Kala
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Stars - In Our Bedroom After The War
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
Working For A Nuclear Free City - Businessmen And Ghosts