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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The music industry is waiting with bated breath to discover which which records will be named the 2012 Mercury Albums of the Year.
Host Lauren Laverne will announce the winners at 5.30pm today at a ceremony at the Hospital Club, Covent Garden, before a 30-minute show to be broadcast on Channel Four later tonight.
The unveiling of the shortlist of 12 albums will kick start a series of live gigs by nominated artists ahead of the final awards show on November 1.
A spokesman for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize said: “The Prize recognises and celebrates music in the UK and has a reputation for highlighting both new talent and more established bands and artists.
“The shortlist is chosen by an independent judging panel and provides a snapshot of the year in music, recognising artistic achievement across a range of music genres.”