Mercury Music Prize 2011 nominations announced!

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This morning, the 12 contenders for this year's coveted Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize were announced by Lauren Laverne, with a couple of surprises thrown into the mix.

A quick scan down the nominations reveals a few commercially successful pop titles from Adele, Katy B and Tinie Tempah, established previous Mercury stalwarts PJ Harvey (she won it in 2001 with "Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea") and Elbow, critics' favourites and bubblers such as Anna Calvi, Metronomy, James Blake, Ghostpoet and Everything Everything and the usual clutch of 'outsiders' such as acoustic-folk troubadours King Creosote & Jon Hopkins and jazz-pianist Gwilym Simcock.

Early betting form places the latter two at the bottom of the odds, while Adele, PJ Harvey and Elbow not surprisingly lead the pack. Whoever wins this year's prize will remember last year's winners The XX and the considerable rise in album sales afterwards. So who's going to be crowned on 6th September? Well, you could do worse than head to the nominees' upcoming gigs! Check out our guide to who is playing where and when.

Highlights include the much-touted Anna Calvi with her full UK tour in October and November (all still available, £10/£11), Elbow appearing at Belsonic (Belfast), Reading and Leeds in August (only Belsonic is available at £33), Metronomy's full UK tour during September (all available from £11) and Katy B's autumnal headlining dates (all available from £14.50).

Here's that list in full - who do YOU think will win?

  • Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
  • Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys
  • James Blake - James Blake
  • Katy B - On A Mission
  • Metronomy - The English Riviera
  • PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
  • Gwilym Simcock - Good Days At Schloss Elmau
  • Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy
  • Everything Everything - Man Alive
  • Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues And Melancholy Jam
  • King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine
  • Adele - 21

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