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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand were 2004's
runaway winners
2004

Winner: Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
Sounds like: Smart, angular rock with a bucketful of hooks
Key track: Michael - which kickstarted the trend for rock groups writing sexually ambiguous lyrics

Subsequent career: Franz Ferdinand went on to win two Brit awards before conquering America. Their second album, You Could Have It So Much Better, was a UK number one.
Mercury barometer: High - Franz Ferdinand are widely recognised as the best UK rock band of recent years.

Losers: The Zutons - Who Killed The Zutons, Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash

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