July 22, 2002

METALLICA's Lars Ulrich is among the judges for the 2002 Shortlist Music Prize, which spotlights lesser-known acts for their artistic merit, according to Launch.

Others musicians accepting the role as so-called "listmakers" for the second annual Shortlist include BLUR's Damon Albarn, BECK, THE NEPTUNES, and THE STROKES' Albert Hammond Jr.

Through the summer and fall, the panelists will submit lists of five noteworthy albums for a "long list" and then vote on 10 for a list of 12 finalists. The winner will be named at the Shortlist Awards Concert at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles on October 29th.

Icelandic art rockers SIGUR ROS were awarded the first winner of the Shortlist Music Prize last year, besting a field that included the DANDY WARHOLS, P.J. HARVEY, RYAN ADAMS, GORILLAZ, AIR, BILAL, JAY DEE, NIKKA COSTA, and KWELI.

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