Ed Sheeran shortlisted for Mercury Prize

28 July, 2017, 00:34 | Author: Rita Burton
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Ed Sheeran has been nominated for the Mercury Prize, the organisers of the music award said on Thursday, putting the global singing star in competition with much less well-known names.

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

"Every album here could be a victor", said Rupert Adams of William Hill, highlighting the closeness of the odds between the 12 shortlisted artists.

Sampha, Blossoms, Kate Tempest, J Hus, Loyle Carner and Alt-J have also been nominated for the prestigious annual prize, which recognises the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland over the a year ago.

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

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The list also include former winners Alt-J for "Relaxer" and The xx for their third album "I see you" and the indie guitar pop band Blossoms with their eponymous album.

The Mercury judging panel is made up of 12 industry figures, including musicians Marcus Mumford, Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas and Jamie Cullum.

Last year, the grime star and frequent Drake collaborator Skepta won the Mercury Prize for Konnichiwa.

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

This year's victor will be announced at a September 14 show in London.

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