In an EW exclusive (yay!), the Shortlist Organization — an informal group of music-industry insiders, journalists, and recording artists committed to helping smaller acts cross over into the mainstream — announced the 10 finalists for their third annual Shortlist Music Prize. The elite honorees — Interpol, Bright Eyes, Cat Power, Floetry, Black Keys, Cody Chesnutt, Damien Rice, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Streets, and 2001 winner Sigur Ros — will be formally announced on Sept. 3. This year’s winner, chosen by a panel of distinguished artists including Coldplay’s Chris Martin (left), Mos Def, Spike Jonze, Cameron Crowe, and Tori Amos (above), will receive a $5,000 cash prize from Sirius Satellite Radio at an awards concert to be held in L.A. in October. Shortlist cofounder Tom Sarig says that putting musicians on the nominating committee has reaped big rewards: ”We’ve been thrilled with the degree of enthusiasm and goodwill.” And in case you’re wondering, yes, the panel worked from a ”long list” of 86 bands.
”It’s fun playing somebody who has a boob job.” — Kelly Ripa on her character, Faith, an out-of-work soap actress, from her forthcoming ABC sitcom Hope & Faith