Norah Jones, Dixie Chicks Pick Shortlist
The Shortlist Music Prize – considered to be a more sophisticated version of the Grammys – has revealed its nominees for its fourth annual awards, which honor an album that failed to capture mainstream attention.
The 20 Shortlist judges – including such artists as Norah Jones and Dixie Chicks, as well as music critics – have come up with a "longlist" of 73 nominees, which is to be whittled down to 10 by late September. The grand prize will be awarded during a concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles on Nov. 10, according to the Shortlist Organization.
Last year's Shortlist winner was Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice. N*E*R*D won in 2002 and Sigur Ros won the inaugural prize in 2001.
As for his year's nominees, there seemed to be a renewed "British Invasion," with 15 nominees from the U.K. including Mercury Prize winner Dizzee Rascal, Scottish new sensations Franz Ferdinand and previous Shortlist finalists PJ Harvey and The Streets. Other nominees include Loretta Lynn, The Killers and Macy Gray.
Several of the judges are ineligible for the prize because they simply sell too many records – including Dashboard Confessional, Robert Smith of The Cure, John Mayer, members of System Of A Down and Black Eyed Peas.
Among their selections, Jones nominated unique singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart and a resurgent Lynn, who is gaining a new generation of fans with an acclaimed album produced by Jack White of alt-rock fave White Stripes.
John Mayer picked piano stylist Nellie McKay and hard rocker Serj of System of a Down nominated the legendary Cape Verde singer Cesaria Evoria.