Air, Franz Ferdinand and Ghostface Killah will compete for this year's (04) SHORTLIST PRIZE in Hollywood.

The acts are among the 10 hopefuls fighting for the honour - a US equivalent of Britain's MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE - which is competed for by critically acclaimed albums that have not yet been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The judging panel includes Norah Jones, Jack Black and THE CURE star Robert Smith.

The winner will be announced in November (04) at Los Angeles' WILTERN THEATER.

The final Shortlist shortlist is:

WALKIE TALKIE - AIR

FRANZ FERDINAND - FRANZ FERDINAND

BOY IN DA CORNER - DIZZEE RASCAL

A GHOST IS BORN - WILCO

DESPERATE YOUTH, BLOODTHIRSTY BABES - TV ON THE RADIO

THE PRETTY TONEY ALBUM - GHOSTFACE KILLAH

GET AWAY FROM ME - NELLIE McKAY

HOT FUSS - THE KILLERS

A GRAND DON'T COME FOR FREE - THE STREETS

VAN LEAR ROSE - LORETTA LYNN.

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