Sunday, October 12, 2003
New York Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice took home the third annual Shortlist Music Prize, beating out acts such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Floetry and The Black Keys for an award that celebrates the best noncommercial music artists.
Rice, who made his U.S. debut earlier this year with the record "O," won the award Sunday night after he and other nominees performed at the awards ceremony-concert in Los Angeles.
The Shortlist Music Prize honors bands and musicians who have received critical acclaim, but whose albums haven't sold more than 500,000 copies at time of their nomination.
Besides Rice, other nominees were New York-based punk band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, British R&B; group Floetry, bluesy act The Black Keys, rocker Cody ChestnuTT, Bright Eyes, Interpol, Cat Power, British rapper The Streets and the winner of the first Shortlist contest, Icelandic band Sigur Ros.
Rice won a $5,000 cash prize provided by Sirius Satellite Radio. The "listmakers," or judges, included Macy Gray, Musiq, director Cameron Crowe and Tori Amos.
The event was taped by MTV2 for broadcast on Oct. 25.