On Tuesday, July 26 the shortlist was announced for the 2022 Mercury Prize, a prestigious award for the top album by a UK artist over the previous 12 months.
Within the 12 album shortlist is Sam Fender’s album Seventeen Going Under, which has already received a Brit Award since its release in October 2021.
This is the first time Fender has been nominated for the award after his debut Album Hypersonic Missiles didn’t make the shortlist for the 2020 award.
The North Shields local will be fighting off competition from the likes of pop superstar Harry Styles, top rapper Little Simz and records from indie guitar upstarts Yard Act and Wet Leg among others.
Fender is currently priced at 8/1 to win the award, odds he shares with Kojey Radical and Yard Act.
It has already been an incredible year for Fender, who is currently touring the festival circuit in a summer which included a stunning Pyramid Stage set at Glastonbury Festival and support slots for The Killers.
On July 15 he played his largest ever headline set at Finsbury Park in front of a 45,000 strong crowd in London. Fender also played two nights at Newcastle Arena earlier in the year to bring an end to his Spring 2022 tour.
Seventeen Going Under took the top spot in the UK album charts upon its release.
Little Simz is favourite for the time being, with bookies pricing her fourth Studio Album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert at 5/2.
The Murcury Prize will be awarded at a ceremony at the Eventim Apollo on Thursday, September 8.
Using prices from William Hill, these are the current odds for the Mercury Prize 2022:
Little Simz, Sometimes I May Be Introvert – 5/2
Self Esteem, Prioritise Pleasure – 4/1
Wet Leg, Wet Leg – 4/1
Gwenno, Tresor – 5/1
Nova Twins, Supernova – 7/1
Kojey Radical, Reason to Smile – 8/1
Sam Fender, Seventeen Going Under – 8/1
Yard Act, The Overload – 8/1
Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler, For All Our Days That Tear The Heart – 9/1
Harry Styles, Harry’s House – 14/1
Joy Crookes, Skin – 16/1
Fergus McCreadie, Forest Floor – 20/1