My Morning Jacket has been nominated to the "Long List" for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize. They are joined in the nomination by such acts as Franz Ferdinand, the Killers, Wilco, Dizzee Rascal, Ghostface Killah, Loretta Lynn, PJ Harvey, and TV on the Radio.
Jim James of My Morning Jacket at Bonnaroo 2004
By Mary Grace Dunn
The list, which will be whittled down to ten finalists in late September, was selected by a panel of 20 "Listmakers" that features several prominent recording artists: Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Jack Black, John Mayer, Norah Jones, the Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am, System of a Down's Serj Tankian, the Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, the Cure's Robert Smith, and others. To be eligible for the prize, which has become an honor for outside-the-mainstream artists, albums must have been released between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2004 and must not have been certified gold (for sales of more than 500,000 units) at the time of the nomination.
More than half of the nominees included in this year's Long List are from independent record labels, while 15 nominees hail from the U.K. The list also includes artists from 11 countries, including France (Phoenix, Air), Australia (the Sleepy Jackson), Mexico (Cafe Tacuba), Japan (Melt Banana), and Ireland (Simple Kid).
MTV2, the project's television sponsor for the third year, will air a special including concert footage from the awards ceremony, while XM Satellite Radio, this year's radio sponsor, will award the winner with a check for $5,000. The winner of the prize, which went to singer/songwriter Damien Rice for his album O last year, to N.E.R.D. in 2002, and to Sigur Ros in 2001, will be announced during a multi-artist concert at the The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, CA on November 10.
For more info on the Shortlist, visit www.shortlistofmusic.com.
You can find out more about My Morning Jacket at www.mymorningjacket.com or www.atorecords.com.
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