Mercury Prize 2016 betting odds: David Bowie and Radiohead early favourites

Skepta, Anohni, Laura Mvula and Michael Kiwanuka also tipped for prize


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The betting odds have been revealed for this year's Mercury Prize, with David Bowie and Radiohead joint bookies favourites.

The nominations for the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize were announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday morning (August 4).

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With Bowie and Radiohead both given odds of 4/1, other frontrunners - according to William Hill - are Anohni, Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka and Skepta (all 6/1).

Bat For Lashes, Kano and The 1975 have been given odds of 8/1, while Jamie Woon, Savages and The Comet Is Coming are at 10/1. See the full bookies odds below.

William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly says: "Radiohead released the most anticipated album of the year while Bowie’s 'Blackstar' celebrated the life and career of an incredible musician and it looks like it will be a fight between these two heavyweights as to who will win this prestigious prize"

David Bowie - 4/1
Radiohead - 4/1
Anohni - 6/1
Laura Mvula - 6/1
Michael Kiwanuka - 6/1
Skepta - 6/1
Bat For Lashes - 8/1
Kano - 8/1
The 1975 - 8/1
Jamie Woon - 10/1
Savages - 10/1
The Comet Is Coming - 10/1

The annual prize heralds the best record released by a British or Irish artist and was won last year by Benjamin Clementine for his album 'At Least For Now'. It will be held on September 15 this year.

Speaking about the shortlist, the judging panel said in a joint statement: "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."

This year's Mercury Prize Show will take place at Hammermsith's Eventim Apollo for the first time and will feature live performances from nominated acts plus a special collaboration to mark the Prize’s 25th anniversary. BBC Music will be providing live television and radio coverage of the event on BBC Four and 6 Music.
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