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Mercury Prize 2017 shortlist: Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Loyle Carner lead nominations

Debut albums from Loyle Carner, J Hus and Stormzy are among the favourites to win

Ed Sheeran performs with Stormzy at the O2 Arena during the BRIT awards, February 2017
Ed Sheeran performs with Stormzy at the O2 Arena during the BRIT awards, February 2017

This year’s Mercury Prize shortlist features a broad range of nominees including Kate Tempest, Stormzy, J Hus, The xx and, perhaps most surprising of all... Ed Sheeran.

Chart-topping albums often go unrecognised by the award, which is seen as something of a platform for up-and-coming artists, making Sheeran’s latest record ÷, which sold 672,000 units within just one week in the UK, a rather controversial choice.

Previous winners to appear on the list include The xx, who won with their self-titled debut album in 2010, and alt-J, who took home the prize in 2012.

Also representing the indie band genre are The Big Moon, with their debut Love in the 4th Dimension, Blossoms, who recently appeared on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, and Glass Animals. This year’s “token jazz band” is Dinosaur, a four-piece ensemble led by trumpet player Laura Jurd.

Currently, the three most likely favourites to win are Stormzy, who made waves with the impressive and highly anticipated debut Gang Signs & Prayers; Loyle Carner, with his debut Yesterday's Gone, and J Hus, with his first record Common Sense.

Last year, Skepta won the prestigious award with his album Konnichiwa - the first grime artist to win since Dizzee Rascal in 2003 with Boy in da Corner.

The winner – who takes home £25,000 – will be announced on the 14 September during a broadcast ceremony that will see many of the nominees perform. See the full list of nominated albums below.

alt-J: Relaxer

The Big Moon: Love in the 4th Dimension

Blossoms: Blossoms

Loyle Carner: Yesterday’s Gone

Dinosaur: Together, As One

Glass Animals: How to Be a Human Being

J Hus: Common Sense

Sampha: Process

Ed Sheeran: ÷

Stormzy: Gang Signs & Prayer

Kate Tempest: Let Them Eat Chaos

The xx: I See You

The Hyundai Mercury Prize ceremony takes place at the Eventim Apollo in London on 14 September

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