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Damien Rice wins top US award - Damien Rice - award win Oct 2003

Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice has won the Shortlist Music Prize in Los Angeles for his album 'O'. The prize is the US equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize and Rice also received $5000 when he beat other nominees such as The Streets, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bright Eyes. The prize is only open to those who have sold less than 500,000 copies of their album at time of nomination.

Others hoping to win this year were Interpol, Sigur Ros, Floetry, Cat Power, The Black Keys and Cody Chesnutt whilst, judges this year included Coldplay singer Chris Martin, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, film director Cameron Crowe and soul singer Macy Gray.

The audience was treated to an attack on US media giant Clear Channel by Bright Eyes, real name Conor Oberst, "The only bummer about tonight is that we're helping to earn money for Clear Channel," the Nebraskan said. One audience-member leapt on stage at the end of Oberst's performance and spat at him but his comments were cheered by other attendees.

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