Songstress Adele favourite to win Mercury Prize 

Wednesday July 20, 2011

Adele has been nominated for this year's Mercury Music Prize - and immediately installed as joint favourite to win.

Her second album, 21, is already the biggest-selling album of the year and set a new record for an unbroken 11-week stint at the top of the charts.

She will battle it out with two previous winners, PJ Harvey and Elbow, and nine other acts for the prize.

Bookmakers William Hill have made Adele and PJ, nominated for her album Let England Shake, 4/1 joint favourites to win the prize.

The shortlist also includes double Brit winner Tinie Tempah who is nominated for Disc-Overy.

The Mercury Prize - won last year by The XX - is held in high esteem within the industry, but more importantly it can boost sales of nominees and winners.

It revitalised the career of Elbow, this year nominated for Build A Rocket Boys!, when they won three years ago.

Among the acts shortlisted for their debut albums are Everything Everything, Anna Calvi, Katy B, dubstep producer James Blake and rapper Ghostpoet. 

The overall winner of the 2011 prize will be revealed on Tuesday September 6 and broadcast live on BBC Two.

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