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2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Tonight!

BarclayThe Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009 Awards ceremony takes place tonight, with televised coverage on the UK's national station BBC 2 and also at the BBC Mercury Prize site from 10:00pm (EST).

The Mercury Prize was established in 1992 as an alternative to the more commercial Music Awards. A panel of industry experts, including journalists, musicians and independent-label executives, vote on what they believe to be the best British albums of the past year, regardless of sales or radio play.

Previous winners include Zildjian Artists: Pulp, Portishead, Franz Ferdinand, Klaxons, Elbow and Arctic Monkeys.

Nominations for the prestigious awards, which tends to see a huge boost in record sales as a result of a nomination, were announced in July 2009 and features a who's who of what's hot in the UK Music Scene right now, along with some unknowns, that the Awards have become known for.

Zildjian artists in band contenders include:

Florence and The Machine - Lungs - Chris Hayden

Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum - Ian Matthews

Glasvegas - Glasvegas - Caroline McKay

Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy - Toby Couling

Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires - Jack Savidge

The Horrors - Primary Colours - Joe Spurgen

Led Bib - Sensible Shoes - Mark Holub

See if your favourite wins tonight at

www.bbc.co.uk/musicevents/mercuryprize/

For more information check out

www.MercuryPrize.com

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