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Diversity in art awards shortlist

Florence and the Machine
Florence and the Machine's debut album, Lungs, was released last year

Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity and pop act Florence and the Machine are among the nominees for the last ever South Bank Show Awards.

Turner Prize-nominee Roger Hiorns and writer Sarah Waters are also nominated for the prestigious arts awards.

The awards will be presented by South Bank Show host Melvyn Bragg at a London ceremony on 26 January.

Bragg said they "reflect the range covered by The South Bank Show over the years".

He added: "Time and again the judges have turned up with apparently rather offbeat lists which have contained artists whose work has gone on to be central to the culture. And it is great fun!"

AWARD NOMINEES
Dance - Diversity, Emc2 (David Bintley), Limen (Wayne McGregor)
Pop - Florence and the Machine, Frankmusik, The xx
Film - An Education, Fish Tank, The Damned United
Theatre - A Streetcar Named Desire, Jerusalem, The Habit Of Art
Comedy - Home Time, The Inbetweeners, The Thick Of It
TV Drama - Being Human, Collision, Red Riding
Classical Music - City of Dreams: Vienna 1900-1935, Nielsen Inextinguishable, Easter Reflections
Visual Arts - Richard Long (Tate Britain), Roger Hiorns (Seizure), Anish Kapoor (RA)
Literature - Forest Gate (Peter Akinti), The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters), The Quickening Maze (Adam Foulds)

Other nominees include 24-year-old actress Carey Mulligan, who stars in An Education, for The Times Breakthrough Award, while the film itself is up against Fish Tank and The Damned United in the film category.

Mulligan is up against nine other rising stars, including ballet dancer Melissa Hamilton, Enron playwright Lucy Prebble and artist David Blandy.

The comedy award will see E4's The Inbetweeners, about a group of teenage schoolboys, do battle with BBC Two's political comedy The Thick Of It, and new BBC series Home Time.

Mercury-nominated Florence and the Machine is up for the pop award, along with Frankmusik and duo The xx.

Hiorns, who was nominated for the Turner Prize last month, has been recognised in the visual art category for his installation Seizure, in which he turned an abandoned council flat into a work of art.

Waters is up against fellow Booker Prize nominee Adam Foulds and debut author Peter Akinti in the literature category.

Jez Butterworth's highly acclaimed production Jerusalem at The Royal Court is nominated for the theatre award along with Alan Bennett's The Habit Of Art, and the Donmar's revival of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Rachel Weisz.

ITV1 flagship arts programme The South Bank Show will come to an end later this year when Bragg steps down.



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