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Last Updated: Thursday September 20 2007 11:51 GMT

Mercury Music Prize

Klaxons won in 2007
The Mercury Music Prize is one of the most important music awards but it has a habit of causing a stir!

The judges are famous for picking artists that might not sell loads of records, but who they think are original.

This independent panel of judges selects the 12 "Albums of the Year" and then meets again on the night of the show to choose the overall winner.

The award has been going since 1997.



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