The Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2011 Albums of the Year will be revealed at 11.30am on Tuesday 19 July 2011 by Lauren Laverne at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden.

The Prize recognises and celebrates music in the UK and has a reputation for highlighting both new talent and more established bands and artists. Albums released between July 2010 and July 2011 are eligible for this year's Prize.

The shortlist of 12 Albums of the Year is chosen by an independent judging panel and provides a snapshot of the year in music, recognising artistic achievement across a range of music genres.

This year you will be able to watch live coverage of the shortlist announcement for the first time, as the sponsor, Barclaycard, will be hosting a live video stream of the event on their Facebook page at 11.30am on Tuesday 19 July at

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show to announce the winner will be broadcast live on BBC Two on Tuesday 6 September 2011. Lauren Laverne will present the programme, with the Awards Show event itself hosted by Jools Holland.