The Mercury Prize is one of the most prestigious music awards for the best album’s from the UK and Ireland. London’s Very Own Skepta won the 2016 award for his album ‘Konnichiwa’ and other UK artists are waiting to follow in suit this year.
The Mercury judging panel is made up of 12 industry figures, including musicians Lianne La Havas, Jamie Cullum and Jessie Ware, broadcasters MistaJam and Clara Amfo and critics and journalists. The winner is awarded £25,000. The prize is open to all types of music, including pop, rock, folk, urban, grime, electronica and classical.
Mercury Prize this morning dropped their list to the 2017 shortlist. We are blessed once again, Skepta, J Hus and Stormzy have made the shortlist following their latest albums which have done incredibly well. Sampha and Ed Sheeran also feature on the shortlist.
Check out the full list 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