- 19 Sep 02
Gemma Hayes is nominated for 2002 Mercury Music Prize
It was announced yesterday that Gemma Hayes is among this year’s nominees for the UK’s Mercury Music Prize.
Hayes - born in Tipperary, based in Dublin and currently on tour in the UK to promote new single ‘Let A Good Thing Go’ - was selected on the strength of her debut album Night On My Side, released earlier this year on British-French label Source.
She’s in tremendously distinguished company, as the shortlist also includes releases from The Streets (for Original Pirate Material, also a debut album) and Doves (for their Number One album The Last Broadcast) – not to mention a certain left-of-centre talent by the name of David Bowie (for his recent release Heathen). Other nominees include LPs from Miss Dynamite (A Little Deeper), Roots Manuva (Run Come Save Me), The Coral (The Coral) and Electric Soft Parade (Holes In The Wall) among others.
The UK bookies’ favourites, as reported in the NME, are Doves or The Streets to win. The winner will be announced on September 17th.
The shortlist of twelve artists – selected from some 200 applications – is below in full.
Doves: The Last Broadcast
The Streets: Original Pirate Material
Miss Dynamite: A Little Deeper
David Bowie: Heathen
Beverley Knight: Who I Am
Roots Manuva: Run Come Save Me
The Coral: The Coral
Electric Soft Parade: Holes In The Wall
The Bees: Sunshine Hit Me
Gemma Hayes: Night On My Side
Joanna MacGregor: Play
Guy Barker: Soundtrack