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Nationwide Mercury Prize

Elbow Wins the 2008 Mercury Prize for The Seldom Seen Kid


By: Spacelab Research Staff


The Nationwide Mercury Prize has named its 2008 winner, and it is none other than Elbow. The Manchester band was awarded the prize at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday, September 9th. It was awarded for their album The Seldom Seen Kid.


The prize named their Shortlist earlier this year, with a who's who of British and Irish artists (as seen by the prize peeps). There was a few surprises this year, with the inclusion of some established heavyweights alongside side projects.


Gruff Rhys side project Neon Neon was on the list, Radiohead's In Rainbows was on the list, and even British Sea Power and The Last Shadow Puppets.


The 12 nominees were originally announced at a ceremony at Covent Garden in London. They were chosen from an original group of 240 artists, known as the Long List.


Last year the award went to Klaxons for the album Myths of the Near Future.


Click on each artist to hear their music:


2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize Shortlist
Adele - 19
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial - Untrue
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid - winner
Estelle - Shine
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Portico Quartet - Knee-Deep in the North Sea
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Rachel Unthank and the Winterset - The Bairns


Click to play  STREAM: Adele


Click to play  STREAM: British Sea Power


Click to play  STREAM: Burial


Click to play  STREAM: Elbow


Click to play  STREAM: Estelle


Click to play  STREAM: The Last Shadow Puppets


Click to play  STREAM: Laura Marling


Click to play  STREAM: Neon Neon


Click to play  STREAM: Portico Quartet


Click to play  STREAM: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss


Click to play  VIDEO: Radiohead


Click to play  STREAM: Rachel Unthank and the Winterset




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