Published On: Fri, Jul 28th, 2017

First Mercury Prize nomination for Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is up in opposition to acts together with Stormzy and Alt-J within the battle for this 12 months’s Mercury Prize.

That is the primary time Sheeran options on the shortlist and he’s the one pop star to compete this time for the coveted music award.

Critics had been break up over his newest album ‘Divide’ however it bought greater than two million copies, dominated the charts and broke streaming information.

The 26-year-old star will likely be up in opposition to indie rock and alt-pop bands equivalent to The xx, Alt-J, Blossoms, Animal Home and The Massive Moon.

Among the many 12 contenders for the album of the 12 months prize, grime and hip hop artist Stormzy is nominated for his debut providing Gang Indicators And Prayer.


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Each The xx and Alt-J have beforehand been awarded the prize in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

Spoken phrase poet Kate Tempest is nominated for a second time. She was beforehand within the operating in 2014.

New judges on the panel this 12 months embrace Marcus Mumford from Mumford And Sons, Lianne La Havas, Ella Eyre and DJ & broadcaster MistaJam.

They are going to be part of the likes of Jamie Cullum, Jessie Ware, Clara Amfo and BBC 6 Music boss Jeff Smith.

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Final 12 months Skepta, one of many founding fathers of grime music, took residence the prize. Stormzy will likely be trying to emulate the feat.

“This 12 months’s Hyundai Mercury Prize shortlist celebrates the exceptional energy of British music,” the judges mentioned.

“What these artists have in frequent is an infectious pleasure in music making and an arresting sense of urgency concerning the music they make,” they added.

“They enjoyment of exploring musical prospects and refusing to be pinned down by style conventions.”

Listed here are the artists up for the album of the 12 months prize:

:: Alt-J – Relaxer

:: Blossoms – Blossoms

:: Dinosaur – Collectively, As One

:: Ed Sheeran – Divide

:: Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being

:: J Hus – Frequent Sense

:: Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos

:: Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone

:: Sampha – Course of

:: Stormzy – Gang Indicators And Prayer

:: The Massive Moon – Love In The 4th Dimension

:: The xx – I See You

The Hyundai Mercury Prize awards present will happen at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on 14 September.

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