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Rowan Collinson Rowan Collinson | 16:18 UK time, Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The XX - 2010's Mercury Music Prize winners.
So the biggest story in music this week has to be this morning's announcement of the nominees for the 2011 Mercury Prize. Could Elbow or PJ Harvey walk away with the award for the second time? Maybe Anna Calvi or Everything Everything could snatch it from their grasp with their debut LPs?Or perhaps Tinie Tempah will walk off with the £20,000 prize...though he might have to make some more room at his aunt's house for the award if so.

We thought it only right and proper that this week Now Playing reflects the wide, wonderful - and sometimes weird – acts who have been recognised over the award's 19 year history. For example: 

* The emergence of Dizzee Rascal for example, as the Boy in the Corner burst from the grime scene into popular domination
* Primal Scream's Screamadelica as the inaugural winners...remember them losing the prize cheque too? 
* The 'robbery' of Richard Hawley when Arctic Monkeys walked away with the award in 2006
* And, who could forget Speech Debelle? Err... a lot of people actually.

Give us your suggestions for your favourite tracks from Mercury Music Prize winners or nominees past and present in the usual ways – via our new Facebook page, e-mail, Spotify, leave a comment here - or any other way you can think of getting the message to us.


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