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Stormzy and Sampha are bookies' favourites to win Mercury Prize 2017

28 July 2017, 12:32 | Jermaine Blake

Stormzy and Ed Sheeran at the Brit Awards

Ed Sheeran and Stormzy

Ed Sheeran is up against acts including Stormzy and Alt-J in the battle for this year's Mercury Prize.

Among the 12 contenders for the album of the year prize, grime and hip hop artist Stormzy is nominated for his debut offering Gang Signs And Prayer.

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

But the flame-haired hunk will have to beat off stiff competition from other musicians as he will go up against grime artist Stormzy for his debut LP "Gang Signs & Prayer", songwriter Sampha - whose full name is Sampha Sisay - for his debut album "Process" and The XX's "I See You".

Lesser know artists whose albums were nominated include Sampha، J Hus، Loyle Carner، Dinosaur and The Big Moon.

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Sheeran is nominated for the first time behind his massively successful ÷ LP, which became the fastest-selling pop album by a male artist in United Kingdom history earlier this year.

This will be the first time The Castle on the Hill singer has made the shortlist, whereas Alt-J will be hoping to collect their second Mercury crown. Jamie Cullum and Jessie Ware also feature on the panel alongside broadcaster Clara Amfo and Jeff Smith, Head of Music at BBC 6 Music and Radio 2.

The judges said: "This year's Hyundai Mercury Prize shortlist celebrates the remarkable power of British music".

The Hyundai Mercury Prize awards show will take place at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on 14 September.

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