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Paul Weller and Dizzee Rascal to fight it out for Mercury

Chart veteran Paul Weller has been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize for the first time in 16 years — and will battle it out with past winner Dizzee Rascal.

Also in the running are hotly tipped The xx — whose music provided the theme for the BBC's election coverage — and 40-something Mancunian trio I Am Kloot have made their shortlist debut with their fifth album.

They are among 12 acts battling for the respected award, officially called the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which rewards the outstanding album of the year.

Dizzee, whose career has soared in recent years, first won the Mercury with debut release Boy In Da Corner in 2003. This latest nomination for Tongue N' Cheek is his third in only four albums.

Weller has only once before been nominated for the Mercury since its 1992 launch, with his second solo album, Wild Wood losing to M People.

Also among the nominees are Laura Marling, Corinne Bailey Rae and Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro.

The winner of the £20,000 prize will be announced at a ceremony at London's Grosvenor Park Hotel in September.

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