2011 Mercury Prize shortlist announced

Adele and PJ Harvey emerge as early favourites

The shortlist for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize was announced at an event in London earlier today.

Nominations for the prize - which is aimed at celebrating the best album by a British artist - include MusicRadar favourites Anna Calvi, James Blake and PJ Harvey.

Harvey and Adele - whose second album 21 is the biggest selling digital album of all time - are the bookie's favourites to win right now, with William Hill offering odds of 4/1 on both.

The winner of the prize is decided by a panel of music critics and industry insiders. The results will be announced on 6 September.

Full Mercury Prize nominations with current odds from William Hill:

Adele - 21 4/1
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake 4/1
Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys! 5/1
Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy 5/1
Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi 6/1
Katy B - On a Mission 6/1
Metronomy - The English Riviera 8/1
Everything Everything - Man Alive 8/1
James Blake - James Blake 8/1
Gwilym Simcock - Good Days at Schloss Elmau 10/1
Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam 10/1
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine 10/1

For more info visit the Barclaycard Mercury Prize site.

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