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

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

The Hyundai Mercury Prize is there to recognise the best British album of the year.

The Mercury shortlist for 2017 has been unveiled.

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

After the full nominations were announced earlier this morning (July 27), William Hill has both Stormzy and Sampha at 4/1 to win the prestigious annual prize, which recognises the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland over the previous year.

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. The xx previously won the award in 2010 for their self-titled debut, while Alt-J took home the prize in 2012 for An Awesome Wave.

Another band to see their odds shorten are Glass Animals whose album "How To Be A Human" is now 12/1 having first been priced up as 33/1 outsiders immediately after the shortlist announcement. 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.

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

The albums nominated for this year's prestigious Mercury Prize were announced on Thursday morning with grime superstar Stormzy the early frontrunner with the bookies.

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