Stormzy, J Hus and Ed Sheeran have all been nominated for the Hyundai Mercury Prize.
Ugly boy going to the Mercury Awards now 🏆🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/R0V4yuChT6
— COMMON SENSE (@Jhus) July 27, 2017
Sampha, The XX, Alt-J, and Kate Tempest have also been nominated for the prestigious award, which recognises the best albums from the United Kingdom and Ireland over the past year.
— Sampha (@sampha) July 27, 2017
The Mercury Prize aims to “celebrate and promote the best of UK music recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres”, according to a statement, and was again judged by an independent panel of musicians, industry experts and journalists.
The judges this year included Mumford and Son frontman Marucs Mumford, jazz musician Jamie Cullum, pop stars Ella Eyre and Jessie Ware, and BBC broadcasters Clara Amfo and Mistajam.
The overall winner will be announced during the 2017 Mercury Prize Awards Show at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. The show will also have many of the nominated acts performing on the night.
The question on everybody’s mind will be if Stormzy can get another win for Grime, after Skepta won last year’s prize with his debut album ‘Konnichiwa’.
Check out the full list of nominees below.
Dinosaur: ‘Together, As One’
Ed Sheeran: ‘Divide’
Glass Animals: ‘How To Be A Human Being’
J Hus: ‘Common Sense’
Kate Tempest: ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’
Loyle Carner: ‘Yesterday’s Gone’
Stormzy: ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’
The Big Moon: ‘Love In The Fourth Dimension’
The xx: ‘I See You’