The 2003 Shortlist Music Prize nominees have been selected, and there are 86 of them! The nominees were selected by 20 listmakers, including The Neptunes, Perry Farrell, The Chemical Brothers, Chris Martin, Pete Yorn, and a bunch more. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Radiohead, Bright Eyes, the Mars Volta, Damien Rice, Beck, The Music, The Libertines, Blur, Cave-In, Longwave, Interpol, and Jesse Malin are just a few of the nominees, of which 10 will be selected as finalists in early September. The third annual Shortlist Music Prize will then be presented at a multi-artist concert on October 16 at the Wiltern Theater in LA. The event is expected to be televised, but details have not yet been revealed.
The Long List shows an incredible diversity in tastes among the listmakers, something the Shortlist founders are very proud of. "This year's Long List features artists from five continents and thirteen countries, ranging from rock to hip hop to folk to electronica," said Shortlist co-founder Greg Spotts, "and each album is handpicked by one of the world's top musicians or tastemakers." Adds Shortlist co-founder Tom Sarig, "With over forty-five different labels represented, and half the nominees signed to independent companies, this year's Long List shows a vibrant and prolific creative community."
Click here and hit "Long List of Nominees 2003" for details on all 86 nominees.