Ed Sheeran to battle it out for Mercury Prize

Ed Sheeran. Photo: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

Ed Sheeran. Photo: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Ed Sheeran will compete against friend Stormzy for this year's Mercury Prize.

The Framlingham star has had a jam packed year from performing at Glastonbury, featuring in Game Of Thrones and dominating the UK Charts, but that's not the end of the list.

Ed's next challenge will be competing against grime star Stormzy for the Mercury Prize.

Sheeran and Stormzy collaborated on the Shape Of You remix track and now both of their recent albums have been shortlisted for the prestigious prize.

The list features Ed's album Divide, Stormzy's Gang Signs And Prayers album, as well as Alt-J's Relaxer record.

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This will be the first time The Castle on the Hill singer has made the shortlist, whereas Alt-J will be hoping to collect their second Mercury crown.

The Hyundai Mercury Prize is there to recognise the best British album of the year. Jamie Callum, Ella Eyre, Lianne La Havas and Marcus Mumford are just four of the 12 judges who created the shortlist.

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Revealing the shortlist, 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.'

Last year the Mercury Prize was won by grime artist Skepta for his album Konnichiwa, beating David Bowie's Blackstar.

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