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Sampha, Stormzy, J Hus and More Nominated For This Year's Mercury Prize

Here's the full list of this year's Mercury Prize nominees.

The nominees for this year's Hyundai Mercury Prize—awarded to the "best British album of the year"—were announced earlier today, and some of the biggest names in the UK's music scene have made the cut.

British-Ghanian grime heavyweight, Stormzy earned a nomination for his album Gang Signs and Prayer, while Sierra-Leonean soul singer, Sampha is up for his debut album Process.

Gambian newcomer, J Hus earned a nod for his debut Common Sense as well.

Last year's Mercury prize went to British-Nigerian grime star Skepta for his seminal album Konichiwa. Hopefully, another African artist will take home the award again this year—yes we're completely biased.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

2017 Mercury Prize Nominees:

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 The 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


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Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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