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Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and The xx in running for 2017 Mercury Prize

27 Juillet 2017

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, The xx, and Sampha are all on the shortlist.

Alt-J will be hoping to collect their second Mercury crown after previous success in 2012.

Sheeran's latest album, "Divide", topped charts in the United States and Britain earlier this year.

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, and The xx have been nominated for the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2017.

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Indie pop band Blossoms, rapper Loyle Carner, jazz-inflected group Dinosaur and London four-piece The Big Moon are among the other nominees whose records are up for the prize.

Completing the shortlist are Glass Animals with their sophomore effort How To Be A Human Being.

This year, the panel will be made up of 12 figures in the music industry, such as artists Lianne La Havas, Jamie Cullum and Jessie Ware, broadcasters Mistajam and Clara Amfo, and a roster of critics and journalists.

"They delight in exploring musical possibilities and refusing to be pinned down by genre conventions". Last year Skepta beat out the likes of David Bowie and Radiohead to go home victorious.

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and The xx in running for 2017 Mercury Prize