Ed Sheeran, Stormzy nominated for Mercury music award

Kelvin Reese
July 28, 2017

Among the 12 contenders for the album of the year prize, grime and hip hop artist Stormzy is nominated for his debut offering Gang Signs And Prayer.

Today, the shortlist for the 2017 prize was announced and includes some of the world's biggest acts, as well as a few that may not be as recognizable on this side of the pond.

Also nominated this year are Stormzy for Gang Signs & Prayer and Sampha for Process.

See the full list of nominees below.

Critics were split over his latest album "Divide" but it sold more than two million copies, ruled the charts and broke streaming records. Cambridge indie rock band Alt-J are also on the list and hope to bag their second Mercury prize.

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"He is a very talented man and I think that album I really enjoyed and I think a lot of us did".

Sheeran is competing with Sampha, a former Drake and Kanye West collaborator who earned acclaim for his solo debut Process, and a pair of previous Mercury Prize winners: the xx (I See You) and Alt-J (Relaxer).

After the full nominations were announced earlier this morning (July 27), William Hill has both Stormzy and Sampha at 4/1 to win the prestigious annual prize, which recognises the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland over the a year ago.

The Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show will take place at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Thursday, September 14.

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