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Ed Sheeran up for this year's Hyundai Mercury Prize Award

Ed Sheeran has been nominated for the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize Album of the Year Award.

The British singer-songwriter shot into the charts at the beginning of this year with his third studio album "÷" after a year off from the spotlight, but has still managed to make the shortlist for this year's prestigious event. 

Sheeran will face competition from the likes of grime artist Stormzy for his debut record 'Gang Signs & Prayer', songwriter Sampha for his debut LP 'Process' and The XX's with their album 'I See You'.

The nominees were chosen by this year’s judging panel – Mojo and Q editor-in-chief Phil Alexander, Clara Amfo, Jamie Cullum, Ella Eyre, The Guardian’s music news editor Harriet Gibsone, Lianne La Havas, The Times’s rock and pop critic Will Hodgkinson, MistaJam, Marcus Mumford, Head of Music at Radio 2 and 6 Music Jeff Smith, Jessie Ware and Radio X’s head of music Mike Walsh.

The judges 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 awards show is set to take place in London later this year on September 14 at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. It will be broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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. The winner will receive the prize money of £25,000.

Tickets for the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show are on sale now from Eventimapollo.com.

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