In other news, the Mercury Prize nominations were announced and while less prestigious than the antiMusic Prize and not quite as cool as Uncle Joe's Crab Shack Battle of the Bands in Tupelo each spring, some people go goo goo over this prize where the winner walks away with 20 pounds (not of drugs, Brit money to spend on drugs or drink).
The Arctic Monkeys walked away with the glory last year, we don't know what they spent the windfall on but they are up for the prize again this year and are looking to make history as the first artist to snag the honor two years in a row. Amy Winehouse will be giving them a run for the beer money and 2003 Dizzee Rascal isn't going to sit tight for just any monkeys trying to steal his cash. The Klaxons, The View and bunch of other people we never heard are also battling it out for the honor that will awarded at a live ceremony in London on September 4th.
2007 Mercury Prize nominees:
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Basquiat Strings - Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford
Bat for Lashes - Fur and Gold
Dizzee Rascal - Maths and English
Fionn Regan - The End of History
Jamie T - Panic Prevention
Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future
Maps - We Can Create
New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom
The View - Hats Off to the Buskers
The Young Knives - Voices of Animals and Men