Mercury Prize Shortlist

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, and the xx are just three of the twelve acts that have made it onto this year’s Mercury Award shortlist. The prestigious award was founded in 1992, as an alternative award for artists in the UK. Announcing the artists, each one of them was described for their ‘delights in exploring musical possibilities and ‘refuse to be pinned down by genre conventions.’

This would explain why the likes of the xx are alongside the likes of Stormzy or Blossoms.

This is Stormzy’s first nomination for the award, with his album Gang Signs and Prayer. If he were to be named the winner, it would mean a back-to-back win for grime artists, as it was Skepta who won the coveted award last year. See the full list of nominees 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

The awards show will take place on 14th September, so we’ll update then. Good luck to all the artists!