Shortlist Finalists Announced

Listmakers sitting on the Shortlist Music Prize panel have chosen 10 finalists out of the initial long list of 60 nominated albums to compete for this year’s award.

Nominees include Band of Horses, Beirut, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Cat Power, Girl Talk, Hot Chip, Joanna Newsom, Regina Spektor, Spank Rock, and Tom Waits.

"This is the year of the storyteller," co-founder Greg Spotts said in a statement. "More than half of our 10 finalists are wordsmiths who create unique characters and narratives, interpreting our complex world in new ways."

The winner of the prize will be announced in May.