The shortlist for the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize is here, and J Hus, Stormzy and Sampha (pictured) have all received nods for the prestigious award.
Nominated for ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’, ‘Common Sense’ and ‘Process’ respectively, the artists are joined by chart-toppers Ed Sheeran, The xx and Blossoms.
Selected by an independent panel of judges, the Hyundai Mercury Prize for Album of the Year acknowledges and celebrates the best the UK music scene has to offer.
In a statement, organisers explained: “What these artists have in common is an infectious pleasure in music making and an arresting sense of urgency about the music they make. They delight in exploring musical possibilities and refusing to be pinned down by genre conventions.”
Check out the full list of nominees below.
Alt-J - Relaxer
Blossoms - Blossoms
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
Sampha - Process
Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer
The Big Moon - Love In The 4th Dimension
The xx - I See You
Jasmine Kent-Smith is Mixmag's Digital Intern. Follow her on Twitter