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Metronomy: 'Mercury Prize has given us global interest'

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Joseph Mount of Metronomy

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Metronomy have said that their Mercury Prize nomination has gained them international interest.

The band explained that when they were touring abroad, interviewers were interested in asking them about the award and what it means to them.

Speaking about their nod to Huey Morgan ahead of tonight's ceremony, frontman Joseph Mount said: "It's been great. Because we've been touring so much, it's given us this nice little extra push."

Band member Gbenga Adelekan added: "The thing we've noticed is that people in other countries are interested in it, like in the States, South America and in European countries, we've been answering questions about it."

> Mercury Prize 2011: Who deserves to win?

Meanwhile, fellow nominee Katy B confessed that she is not getting her hopes up and revealed who she felt should have also received a nomination.

The On A Mission star said: "I think Jamie Woon should have been nominated because his live show is just brilliant and his voice is beautiful.

"I think he's a great songwriter as he plays so many different instruments and produces his stuff as well."

When asked who should have made this year's list of 12 nominees, Everything Everything - who are nominated for their debut album Man Alive - echoed sentiments made by online communities saying that Wild Beasts should have been listed.

Frontman Jonathan Higgs said: "We were definitely expecting Wild Beasts to be on the list."

Band member Jeremy Pritchard continued: "We felt very lucky because there were a lot of bands that people assumed were shoo-ins who weren't on the list."

The winner of the Mercury Prize 2011 will be announced at a ceremony in London's Grosvenor House Hotel this evening.

Adele, Tinie Tempah, James Blake, Elbow, Anna Calvi, Ghost Poet, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, PJ Harvey and Gwilym Simcock, along with Katy B, Everything Everything and Metronomy, have been nominated for this year's £20,000 prize.

BBC Two and the BBC HD channel will broadcast the ceremony from 10pm, while 6 Music will be live from the event from 8pm.

Lauren Laverne will host the BBC coverage, while Jools Holland will present the main awards show.

> Adele, Katy B, Tinie Tempah, Elbow, PJ Harvey to play Mercury Prize ceremony: All nominees to perform for first time

Watch the full interview with Metronomy, Everything Everything and Katy B below:

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