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Azealia Banks shortlisted for American Music Prize

Rapper Azealia Banks has been shortlisted for the inaugural American Music Prize for Best Debut Album.
The 212 star’s first record Broke With Expensive Taste will contend with discs by artists including country newcomer Chris Stapleton, for his debut Traveller, Leon Bridges (Coming Home) and Mikky Ekko (Time) for the award.
Banks’ album was originally due for release in 2012, but it was delayed many times by her record label. She was not able to release it until November, 2014, once she was freed from her contract with Universal.
The later release date has put her in contention for the American Music Prize, which has been created by the man behind the Australian Music Prize. All debut albums released in the U.S between August, 2014, and July, 2015, which sell more than 1,000 copies are eligible for the prize, with a panel selecting the 12-strong shortlist.
Other contenders include Natalie Prass and Benjamin Booker with their eponymous albums and Goddess by singer/songwriter Banks.
The winner will receive a $25,000 (£18,000) cash prize during a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, on 2 March (16).

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