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Mercury Prize: The nominees
The Nationwide Mercury Prize for best British or Irish album of the last 12 months is to be awarded on Tuesday.

Find out more about the nominated artists and watch them perform by clicking on the links below.

ARCTIC MONKEYS - FAVOURITE WORST NIGHTMARE

Arctic Monkeys lead singer Alex Turner

The Sheffield band won last year's Mercury Music Prize with their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not.

That was already the fastest-selling debut album in British music history.

Earlier this year, they accepted Brit Awards for best British group and best British album dressed as the Village People and characters from The Wizard Of Oz.

Their follow-up Favourite Worst Nightmare came out in April and if they win again this year, they will be the first act to scoop the award twice.

Odds: 12/1

DIZZEE RASCAL - MATHS + ENGLISH

Dizzee Rascal

The rapper - real name Dylan Mills - won the Mercury Prize in 2003 with his debut album Boy In Da Corner.

Just two weeks before it was released, he was stabbed five times in the Cyprus resort of Ayia Napa.

Dizzee Rascal has admitted that music helped him turn his back on a life of crime.

The artist joined the Arctic Monkeys during their set on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival in June.

Odds: 33/1

FIONN REGAN - THE END OF HISTORY

Fionn Regan

The Irish singer-songwriter has been compared to Damien Rice, who he supported on tour.

His folk-tinged music has also been likened to Bob Dylan.

The 20-something musician grew up in Bray, just outside Dublin, and now lives in Brighton.

The Mercury judges described him as a "modern day Irish troubadour" with "moving songs beautifully played and sung".

Odds: 12/1

JAMIE T - PANIC PREVENTION

Jamie T

The 21-year-old - real name Jamie Treays - wrote and recorded most of his debut album from his home in Wimbledon.

The record entered the chart at number four after he built up a fan base on the networking website MySpace.

The title apparently came from a self-help tape he was given when he began suffering from drug-related anxiety attacks.

The video for his single Sheila featured actor Bob Hoskins lip-synching to the lyrics.

Odds: 3/1

KLAXONS - MYTHS OF THE NEAR FUTURE

The Klaxons

Lead singer Jamie Reynolds once dubbed the Klaxons sound as "new rave", later claiming it had been a joke aimed at music journalists.

Despite that, fans still turn up at gigs wearing neon T-shirts.

The band - Reynolds, keyboard player James Righton and guitarist Simon Taylor - have only been together for two years after meeting at Glastonbury Festival.

Their first two singles were limited to 500 copies each but created a huge buzz.

The Mercury judges said the trio took them on an "ecstatic musical adventure".

Odds: 7/1

THE YOUNG KNIVES - VOICES OF ANIMALS AND MEN

The Young Knives

The post-punk trio from Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire perform in country gent-style tweed suits.

They launched their debut album with a "village fete" set-up inside a London gallery.

The band consists of drummer Oliver Askew, lead vocalist Henry Dartnall and his brother Thomas, who likes to be known as "House of Lords".

Now based in Oxford, they upset residents of Loughborough by writing a song called Loughborough Suicide.

Odds: 25/1

BAT FOR LASHES - FUR AND GOLD

Bat for Lashes

Bat For Lashes is the pseudonym of 27-year-old singer, songwriter and musician Natasha Khan.

The former nursery school teacher, whose otherworldly sound has been compared to Kate Bush, is now the bookmakers' favourite for the prize.

Khan claimed the name Bat For Lashes "just popped into my mind".

She said the idea for her song Horse & I came to her in a dream about a horse which knocked on her window and took her off on a Joan of Arc-style quest.

Khan grew up in Hertfordshire, spent her summer holidays with her father's family in Pakistan and now lives in Brighton.

Odds: 2/1 favourite

MAPS - WE CAN CREATE

Maps

Maps is James Chapman, who wrote and recorded his debut album in his Northampton bedroom.

Unusually, Chapman did not use a computer but relied on a 16-track recorder.

His electronic-based music has been compared to My Bloody Valentine and Spiritualised.

The album was produced in Iceland by Bjork producer Valgeir Sigurdsson and Sigur Ros mixer Ken Thomas.

Odds: 14/1

NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB - FANTASTIC PLAYROOM

New Young Pony Club

New Young Pony Club are a five-piece led by singer Tahita Bulmer, otherwise known as Ty.

They have supported Lily Allen and count David Bowie and Stella McCartney among their fans.

They describe themselves as a "synth band with guitars" and they draw on new wave and dance influences.

The Mercury judges said their album, which was only released last month, had "instant pop tunes and quicksilver synth beats - fresh, fun and flirty".

Odds: 25/1

BASQUIAT STRINGS - BASQUIAT STRINGS WITH SEB ROCHFORD

Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford

Basquiat Strings are a classically-trained quintet led by cellist Ben Davis, one of Europe's top jazz string players.

He studied at London's Guildhall and Canada's Banff Conservatoire.

The other members are violinists Emma Smith and Victoria Fifield, Jennymay Logan on viola and Richard Pryce on double bass.

This jazz album saw them team up with Seb Rochford, the drummer with Polar Bear, who were nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2005.

Odds: 33/1

THE VIEW - HATS OFF TO THE BUSKERS

The View

The Scottish foursome were discovered by Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty.

The former Libertines singer offered them a slot to support him on tour after he heard a demo of their music.

The group is made up of vocalist Kyle Falconer, bassist Keiren Webster, guitarist Peter Reilly and drummer Steven Morrison.

Their single Wasted Little DJs was named best song at this year's NME Awards.

Odds: 20/1

AMY WINEHOUSE - BACK TO BLACK

Amy Winehouse

The 23-year-old singer has recently made headlines for her alleged drug use, eating problems, rehabilitation visits and cancelled concerts.

Her father-in-law recently urged the music industry not to give her any more awards because it would "condone her addiction".

Winehouse released her acclaimed debut album, Frank, in 2003 and it earned her a Mercury nomination.

Back To Black, inspired by the music of '60s girl group the Supremes, is the biggest-selling album in the UK so far this year, with 2.5 million copies bought since its release.

Odds: 3/1

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