Sheeran, Stor­mzy in run­ning for Mer­cury Prize

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

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.

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