Written by Jack Andrew Cribb
Yesterday the nominees for the Hyundai-sponsored 2017 Mercury Prize were announced. The prize itself recognises the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland over the past year.
Artists such as Ed Sheeran, Sampha, Stormzy, and Alt-J have all made the list.
This year, the nominees and their respective albums are:
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’
Last year Skepta made waves by winning the Prize for his album, Konnichiwa, the first ever grime album to win the prestigious award.
This year, the judging panel includes Marcus Mumford, Lianne La Havas, Ella Eyre, Mistajam, Jamie Cullum, Jessie Ware, and broadcaster Clara Amfo, and Head of Music at BBC Radio 6 and Radio 2, Jeff Smith.
It was also recently announced that Stormzy and Sampha are the bookies favourites to win the award, coming in at 4/1. Ed Sheeran, the xx, alt-j and Blossoms are behind at 6/1, and lesser known artists Loyle Carner, Kate Tempest, J-Hus, Glass Animals, Dinosaur and The Big Moon sit at 8/1 and 10/1 respectively.
The award show will take place at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on September 14, with most nominated acts expected to perform.