Mercury Prize: Harry Styles, Sam Fender and Little Simz among nominees

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Harry Styles, Sam Fender and Little Simz are among the artists competing for this year's Mercury Prize, arguably British music's most prestigious award.

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Recognising the best British or Irish album of the last 12 months, the Mercury has previously gone to acts like Pulp, Skepta and PJ Harvey.

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Ten of this year's shortlisted albums come from first-time nominees.

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They include pop provocateur Self Esteem and folk singer Gwenno, whose album Tresor is sung mostly in Cornish.

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Other first-timers include indie duo Wet Leg, post-metal girl band Nova Twins and jazz musician Fergus McCreadie.

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Harry Styles' Harry's House is the most commercially-successful album on the list, spending six of the last nine weeks at number one.

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A shimmering, fleet-footed pop record, it's unlikely to win (no pop artist has taken the prize since M People in 1994) but marks another step in the star's ascension to Britain's pop elite.

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Sam Fender's Seventeen Going Under is another chart-topper, full of sax-soaked rock epics that tackle life, death, family trauma and the social deprivation in England's North East.

Little Simz picks up her second nomination at this year's prize

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