Ed Sheeran, Alt-J, The xx Nominated for 2017 Mercury Prize

28 July, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Gary Shelton
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Past year the Mercury Prize was won by grime artist Skepta for his album Konnichiwa, beating David Bowie's Blackstar.

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was nominated Thursday for the prestigious Mercury Prize for his third album "Divide"، going up against breakthrough grime star Stormzy and former winners Alt-J and The xx، AFP reported.

"Every album here could be a victor", said Rupert Adams of William Hill, highlighting the closeness of the odds between the 12 shortlisted artists.

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Sheeran's latest album, "Divide", topped charts in the United States and Britain earlier this year.

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.

The Big Moon will also go head-to-head with Ed for the prize thanks to their album "Love in the 4th Dimension", while Loyle Carner - whose full name is Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner - also managed to secure a spot on the shortlist with his debut studio album "Yesterday's Gone".

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The panel of judges who came up with the shortlist included musicians Marcus Mumford, Jessie Ware, Ella Eyre and Jamie Callum along with Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo.

"What these artists have in common is an infectious pleasure in music making and an arresting sense of urgency about the music they make".

The victor will be announced during a ceremony that takes place September 14th.

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