The Shortlist Returns

Following disputes regarding its future and a brief stint as the New Pantheon, the Shortlist Prize has been given another shot by co-founder Greg Spotts.

Spotts and Tom Sarig established the Shortlist in 2001. However, in 2005 Sarig launched his own award – the New Pantheon – as a competitor. No Shortlist Prize was awarded that year.

Spotts said in a statement September 12th that he has acquired the rights to both prizes and plans to merge them and move forward.

“We’re going to use the Shortlist name going forward and we’re going to welcome (New Pantheon winner) Sufjan Stevens into the family of Shortlist Prize winners,” he said.

The Prize honors albums released in the last year that have received critical acclaim but haven’t been certified gold by the RIAA at the time of nomination. A panel of musicians, producers and journalists, or “Listmakers,” choose the winner.

Past recipients included TV on the Radio, Damien Rice, N.E.R.D., and Sigur Ròs.