British band Radiohead are fighting it out with a group of rock rookies for this year's (03) prestigious PANASONIC MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE.
The band's controversial Hail To The Thief long player is their third album to make the short-list, and must also compete with rivals Coldplay, one of the only other British groups to have Stateside success.
Eight of the twelve shortlisted releases are debuts, although MARTINA TOPLEY-BIRD was up for the $32,000 (GBP20,000) prize in 1995, when she provided vocals to Tricky's MAXINQUAYE.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
RADIOHEAD - HAIL TO THE THIEF
DIZZEE RASCAL - BOY IN DA CORNER
THE THRILLS - SO MUCH FOR THE CITY
SOWETO KINCH - CONVERSATIONS WITH THE UNSEEN
FLOETRY - FLOETIC
THE DARKNESS - PERMISSION TO LAND
COLDPLAY - A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD
MARTINA TOPLEY-BIRD - QUIXOTIC
ELIZA CARTHY - ANGLICANA
ATHLETE - VEHICLES AND ANIMALS
TERRI WALKER - UNTITLED
LEMON JELLY - LOST HORIZONS.22/07/2003 13:43