Loretta Lynn, Wilco, Franz Ferdinand and the Killers are among 73 artists whose latest albums made the "Long List" of initial nominations for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize, which honors critically ac

Loretta Lynn, Wilco, Franz Ferdinand and the Killers are among 73 artists whose latest albums made the "Long List" of initial nominations for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize, which honors critically acclaimed albums that have not yet shipped gold.

The list will be narrowed to 10 finalists by late September, and the winner will be crowned Nov. 10 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, during a concert featuring nominees.

The nominees and winners are chosen by a panel of Listmakers that this year includes Norah Jones, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Jack Black, Jim Jarmusch, the Cure's Robert Smith, System Of A Down's Serj Tankian and Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am.

Eligible albums had to have been released between July 1, 2003, and June 30, 2004, and at the time of nomination not been certified gold by the RIAA for U.S. shipments of at least 500,000 copies.

Other artists on the "Long List" include TV On The Radio, Dizzee Rascal, Ghostface Killah, Bebel Gilberto, Café Tacuba, the Streets, David Bowie, Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, Snow Patrol, Devendra Banhart, Nellie McKay, Cesaria Evora, Neil Young and Patti Smith. For the full list, visit Billboard.com.

Co-presenting sponsors for this year's Shortlist are MTV2 and XM Satellite Radio; the latter is providing $10,000 in prize money for the winner.

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