July 22, 2009

Kasabian, La Roux up for Mercury Prize

The music acts La Roux, Bat for Lashes and Florence and the Machine were among the nominees for Britain's Mercury Prize announced Tuesday.

The award is bestowed by a panel of music industry experts to the British artist who released the best album of the past year.

This year's nominees are Kasabian for West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, The Horrors for Primary Colors, Friendly Fires for Friendly Fires, Glasvegas for Glasvegas, La Roux for La Roux, Florence and the Machine for Lungs, Bat for Lashes for Two Suns, Lisa Hannigan for Sea Sew, The Invisible for The Invisible, Led Bib for Sensible Shoes, Sweet Billy Pilgrim for Twice Born Men and Speech Debelle for Speech Therapy, The Times of London reported.

It's been a strong time for women because you've got them working across a broader range of genres than in previous years, The Times quoted Simon Frith, chair of the Mercury judging panel since the award's

inception in 1992, as saying. You've got them doing the traditional solo female act, as well as synth-pop and even an act coming out of the Irish folk tradition. We haven't really had that range before.

The Mercury Prize ceremony is slated to air live on the BBC Sept. 8.