My Bloody Valentine are not in the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize this year, and guitarist/vocalist Kevin Shields thinks he knows why - being independent is not in the running criteria.

Speaking to The Guardian, he hit out at the prestigious music prize's criteria for entry and claimed it was making being independent artists "virtually illegal".

"We're banned by [Mercury], and do you know why? Because we're not on Amazon or iTunes. That's one of the qualifying criteria. You have to have major distribution or be on iTunes or Amazon," he said, adding, "It's interesting to learn that to be as independent as we are is... virtually illegal. Our album's not a real album because it's independent. The corporate-ness has got to such a point where we've essentially been told that we don't exist."

Since the ban only released the digital version of this years' mbv via their website, this excludes them from entering the awards ceremony.

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