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Shortlist Revealed for 12th Australian Music Prize

After sifting through countless albums and revealing their longlist, the shortlist for the 12th Australian Music Prize (AMP) has been revealed. 

After the 16 judges listened to the most albums ever in AMP history, 364 albums of new Australian music released in 2016 were painstakingly critiqued. 
 
Now, they've narrowed it down to the following: 
 
A.B. Original - Reclaim Australia
The Avalanches - Wildflower
Big Scary - Animal
Camp Cope - Camp Cope
D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
Olympia - Self Talk
The Peep Tempel - Joy
 
“Being shortlisted for the AMP has blown our minds," said local legends Camp Cope. "We spent one and a half days and $1000 making this record so to see where it’s come is just nuts. We’re so appreciative of everyone who’s supported it and us over the past 12 months. Being recognised by the judges and our peers is a huge honour. I have no idea how three scummy little punks fell into the realm of any sort of prize but we are stoked, and really appreciate it”

The 12th AMP will be awarded on Wednesday March 8.