Music fans are thrilled over this year's 'diverse' Mercury Prize nominees


Following Thursday's reveal of this year's Mercury Prize nominees, Twitter has been alight with opinion as #MercuryPrize sat at the top of the trending list for a long while.

This year's nominees include artists as varied as David Bowie, The 1975, Bat For Lashes, Skepta and Michael Kiwanuka, among others.

David Bowie
David Bowie is one of the names on the shortlist for this year's Mercury Music Prize (Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images)

Mercury Music Prize 2016 nominations - Skepta
Mercury Music Prize 2016 nominations - Skepta (Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images)

And it seems that most music fans are thrilled with the line-up, with it being dubbed "diverse", and others pleased that this year there are two grime artists in the mix: Kano and Skepta.

Other notable mentions include previous winner Anohni, who won the prize back in 2005 with her album I Am Bird Now while under the name Antony and the Johnsons.

Laura Mvula has received her second Mercury nomination for her sophomore album The Dreaming Room: the singer-songwriter's 2013 debut Sing To The Moon was also nominated.

The other nominees are The Comet Is Coming, Savages, Jamie Woon and Radiohead, which has become the most-nominated act in the Mercury Prize's history.

Many of the tweets shared on social media certainly range on the positive side following the announcement of the nominees.