The 12 acts competing for this year's Mercury Music Prize have been unveiled.

Adele, Radiohead and the Last Shadow Puppets top the shortlist, which also includes Estelle and Elbow.

But there was no place in the judges' thoughts for Coldplay, the Enemy or Kate Nash.

Simon Frith, the chair of judges, said 2007/08 had been a "remarkably rich year for British music"

"What is most striking is the continued resilience and flexibility of the album as a way of organising music-making. It remains an unrivalled source of musical invention and imagination, a way of linking songs, exploring themes and developing sounds that is endlessly thrilling, surprising and worth celebration."

The winners of this year's award will be announced on Friday September 12th.

Mercury music prize shortlist 2008

Adele - 19
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial - Untrue
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Estelle - Shine
Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Portico Quartet - Knee-Deep In the North Sea
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset - The Bairns
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of The Understatement

22/07/2008 11:58:35