Sheeran, Stormzy in running for Mercury Prize
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, poet Kate Tempest and grime artist Stormzy are among a dozen finalists for the prestigious Mercury Prize, recognizing the British or Irish album of the year. Sheeran’s global hit “Divide,” Tempest’s witty and hard-hitting “Let Them Eat Chaos” and Stormzy’s “Gang Signs and Prayers” are among front-runners for the $33,000 prize, which includes entries across a wide range of genres. Established in 1992 and open to acts from Britain and Ireland, the Mercury Prize often favours the eclectic and the obscure over betterknown performers. The winner will be announced Sept. 14.