Blur frontman Damon Albarn joined a diverse and obscure array of up-and-coming artists as the Mercury Prize on Wednesday announced an eclectic shortlist for best British or Irish album. Judge chair Simon Firth said that the nominations show the "fascinating times" for British music.
This year's prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize is eschewing big names when it comes to shortlisting 2014's best albums from the UK, with former Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn sharing space with newcomers and relatively obscure artists such as FKA twigs, Royal Blood, Bombay Bicycle Club, Nick Mulvey, and others.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mention groups like Gorillaz and Blur to the average music fan and the names are immediately recognizable. Mention Damon Albarn, the man at the heart of those groups and several other successful collaborations, and there can be a bit of head-scratching.
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