Today came the announcement of this years “long list” for the Shortlist Prize. 54 albums were chosen from this years vast catalog of new music. The Shortlist Prize is awarded to the best album of the year that has not yet received gold certification (500,000 units sold) from the Recording Industry Association of America. The initial list is put together by many notable people in the music industry with this years listmakers including band members and radio personalities. Past years listmakers have included Willie Nelson, Elton John, Trent Reznor, Beck, Dave Matthews, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Paul Oakenfold, Spike Jonze, Wayne Coyne and Mos Def. This years list features many of the bigger names in the indie music scene including Wilco, Arcade Fire and Kings Of Leon. It also features some harder acts like Bad Religion and Serj Tankian from System Of A Down. Previous winners include Cat Power, Sufjan Stevens, TV on the Radio and Damien Rice.