Plan B, Maccabees, Alt-J on Mercury music shortlist

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LONDON (Reuters) – Rapper Plan B, indie rockers The Maccabees and soul singer Lianne La Havas were among the 12 nominees for Britain’s annual Barclaycard Mercury Prize announced on Wednesday. Alternative pop act Alt-J, soul artist Michael Kiwanuka, Londoner Jessie Ware and Sheffield’s Richard Hawley were also nominated for the prize, set up 20 years ago as an alternative to the Brit Awards. Rounding out the shortlist were Ben Howard, Django Django, Field Music, Roller Trio and Sam Lee. …