At 11am today the coveted shortlist for the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2017 was revealed. The annual prize recognises the best album from the UK and Ireland over the past year, and has previously been won by PJ Harvey, Dizzee Rascal and Skepta.
But like every year, not everybody agrees with the shortlist.
As the countdown to the nominations started, people got ready for the incoming Twitter storm:
And as the clock hit 11am, it all began:
— Ten Eighty Newts (@NathanialNewts) July 27, 2017
Yeah, you're right. I'm angry that that album you really liked isn't nominated for the #MercuryPrize either. Grrrr…
— Jason Hough (@The_Soundshark) July 27, 2017
Some were unimpressed that their favourite band has been excluded:
Sorry, I didn't hear Tears On The Dancefloor – Steps on the #MercuryPrize nominations? Is there some issue…?
— Alfie Green (@ItsAlfieGreen) July 27, 2017
Sorry Mercury, you seem to have spelt Laura Marling "Semper Femina" wrong. https://t.co/KfCnKkfyyA
— Alex Gutteridge (@iAlexGutteridge) July 27, 2017
And some are equally unimpressed at some of the acts who were included:
There were particularly strong opinions on pop prince Ed Sheeran’s inclusion in the shortlist:
Ed fucking Sheeran?
— Danté Van Der Banks Esq (@Dante_Banks) July 27, 2017
— Gabs (@gabstab) July 27, 2017
The 2017 #MercuryPrize could really do wonders for Ed Sheeran's career. A star on the verge of breaking out.
— Matthew Cooper (@c00perM) July 27, 2017
— Tom Noble (@_Noble) July 27, 2017
Meanwhile this fan was just waiting for the inevitable:
So the #MercuryPrize list is up. I've not clicked to see who the token jazz group is who will not win it this year.
— Sid Smith (@thesidsmith) July 27, 2017
And some just didn’t seem to care at all:
How to spot a time-traveller: ask if they care about #MercuryPrize. If they do, 99% sure they have travelled here from 1996.
— the Devil has many bollocks, my friend (@LeonardEctric1) July 27, 2017
But there was one absolute boy missing from the shortlist:
— Michael MacLeod (@MichaelMacLeod1) July 27, 2017
Whilst the storm raged on Twitter, some just checked in for the drama:
My favourite thing about the Mercury Prize is how annoyed everyone gets.
— ali (@Justdip) July 27, 2017
And Geoff Barrow from Portishead, who won the award in 1995 with Dummy, told it as it was:
The Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show will take place at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Thursday, September 14