This year's (04) Mercury Music Prize will be hotly contested by the cream of British music talent, including Jamelia, Joss Stone and The Streets.

The 12-strong shortlist was announced today (20JUL04) and features artists representing a diverse range of genres.

Other artists to receive nominations include dance stars Basement Jaxx for their album KISH KASH, Jazz singer Amy Winehouse for her debut record FRANK and Scottish duo BELLE + SebastiAn for DEAR CATASTROPHE WAITRESS.

The rock contenders include Franz Ferdinand with their eponymous album, Keane for HOPES AND FEARS, The Zutons for WHO KILLED...THE ZUTONS and SNOW PATROL for THE FINAL STRAW.

The winner will be announced at a prestigious ceremony on 7 September (04).

The full list of nominees is:

BASEMENT JAXX - KISH KASH

BELLE + SEBASTIAN - DEAR CATASTROPHE WAITRESS

FRANZ FERDINAND - FRANZ FERDINAND

JAMELIA - THANK YOU

KEANE - HOPES AND FEARS

SNOW PATROL - FINAL STRAW

JOSS STONE - THE SOUL SESSIONS

THE STREETS - A GRAND DON'T COME FOR FREE

TY - UPWARDS

AMY WINEHOUSE - FRANK

ROBERT WYATT - CUCKOOLAND

THE ZUTONS - WHO KILLED …THE ZUTONS.

20/07/2004 13:35