The xx, Sampha, Ed Sheeran Shortlisted for the Mercury Prize

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Top: The XX; bottom: Sampha

The Shortlist of notable indie rock albums by the Mercury Prize have been revealed. The 12 albums by innovative British acts range in diverse genres from pop, experimental, to cool minimalism. It is meant to celebrate the best in contemporary music from the past year. The Shortlist nominees include:

alt-j – ‘Relaxer’
Blossoms – ‘Blossoms’
Dinosaur – ‘Together, As One’
Ed Sheeran – ‘÷’
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’

The music is determined by an independent judging panel. In a statement, they said, “This year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize shortlist celebrates the remarkable power of British music. 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.”

The 2017 Awards Show will take place on Thursday 14 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. The event will feature live performances from many of the shortlisted artists and the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for ‘Album of the Year’. Tickets are on sale now from Eventimapollo.com.

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