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David Bowie's last album nominated for Mercury Prize

By Ben Philip

David Bowie has been nominated for the Mercury Prize for his last album Blackstar almost seven months after his death.

The record will compete against albums by artists including Radiohead, Skepta and Laura Mvula, as well as The 1975 and Bat For Lashes.

Radiohead received a nod for the hotly anticipated offering A Moon Shaped Pool. The list will be shortened to six and a winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Eventim Apollo in London on September 15, which will be broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.

Matty Healy, lead singer of The 1975, said it was "humbling" to be named on the same list as Bowie.

He added: "It's crazy just to be invited along and to be with contemporaries we are so in love with, like Skepta." The judging panel said of the contenders for the accolade: "This is music to make sense of our unsettling times - heartfelt, angry, thoughtful and thrilling. The 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year are marked by their musical ambitions, unexpected instrumentation and breathtaking arrangements."

Fans will be able to vote for their favourite to make the final six at www.mercuryprize.com.

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