Ed Sheeran shortlisted for Mercury Prize

Stormzy, J Hus, The Big Moon and more announced for Mercury shortlist

Today, the shortlist for the 2017 prize was announced and includes some of the world's biggest acts, as well as a few that may not be as recognizable on this side of the pond.

Stormzy, Blossoms, J Hus, Dinosaur, The XX, Loyle Carner, The Big Moon, Kate Tempest, Glass Animals, Alt J and Sampha are the other nominees for the 25,000-pound ($32,600) prize that will be awarded on September 14.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

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.

Past year the Hyundai Mercury Prize was won by grime artist Skepta.

The xx and Alt-J will be hoping to collect their second Mercury crown after previous successes in 2010 and 2012 respectively while the inclusion of spoken word poet Kate Tempest's Let Them Eat Chaos marks her second time on the shortlist.

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

"They delight in exploring musical possibilities and refusing to be pinned down by genre conventions".

Nominations were announced Thursday morning (July 27) in London for the annual award, which recognizes the best British album of the past year, chosen by a panel of British music critics and industry figures.

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