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Here are the Mercury Prize nominations

Here are the Mercury Prize nominations
The Mercury Music prize still manages to fascinate and upset, and is the perfect way to start a Twitter argument with someone you’ve never met who will die for the jazz one that always sneaks in. Anyway, the 2017 shortlist is out, and ooh it’s achingly hip meets popular. So here’s the list:
Alt J: Relaxer
Blossoms: Blossoms
Dinosaur: Together As One
Ed Sheeran: Divide
Glass Animals: How To Be A Human Being
J Hus: Common Sense
Kate Tempest: Let Them Eat Chaos
Loyle Carner: Yesterday’s Gone
Sampha: Process
Stormzy: Gang Signs and Prayer
The Big Moon: Love in the 4th Dimension
The XX: I See You
Yes, that is Ed Sheeran standing astride like a pop colossus. Yes, that is Kate Tempest doing for poetry what a thousand English teachers can’t. Yes, The XX are hanging at the back unfeasibly cool.

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