Coldplay's X&Y is the highest-profile finalist for the 2005 Mercury Music Prize, awarded to the British/Irish album of the year by an independent panel. The nomination is the third for the London-based rockers, who received nods for 2002's A Rush of Blood to the Head and their 2000 debut, Parachutes. They have yet to win the prestigious award.
The Mercury Prize has often been awarded to burgeoning talent -- Roni Size and Badly Drawn Boy are among the past winners, and Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand took it home last year. This year, eight of the twelve albums are debuts, including Sri Lanka-born hip-hopper M.I.A.'s Arular, coed dance-pop crew the Go! Team's Thunder, Lightning, Strike and folk singer Seth Lakeman's Kitty Jay. Three British buzz bands are also jockeying to be this year's Franz Ferdinand, as the Kaiser Chiefs' Employment, Bloc Party's Silent Alarm and Maximo Park's A Certain Trigger are nominated.
This year's winner will be announced September 6th at the 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize Show.
The list of 2005 Mercury Prize nominees:
Antony and the Johnsons, I Am a Bird Now
Bloc Party, Silent Alarm
The Go! Team, Thunder, Lightning, Strike
Hard-Fi, Stars of CCTV
KT Tunstall, Eye to the Telescope
Kaiser Chiefs, Employment
The Magic Numbers, The Magic Numbers
Maximo Park, A Certain Trigger
Polar Bear, Held on the Tips of Fingers
Seth Lakeman, Kitty Jay