Plan B admits being favourite to win this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize could ruin his chances

Rapper also tips Michael Kiwanuka as his personal favourite to win

Plan B has admitted that being a high profile name on this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominations could hinder his chances.

The rapper and Richard Hawley are the favourites to win this year’s award with odds of 4-1 each.

When asked by NME if this could affect his chances, he said:

Probably, probably but it’s good enough to be part of this. My main goal is this album [‘Ill Manors’] and what this album represents, the fact that UK hip hop is on this list and I’m the only one there.

The rapper, whose real name is Ben Drew, also tipped Michael Kiwanuka as his personal favourite to pick up this year’s prize. “The one artist that stood out for me is Michael Kiwanuka,” he added. “I wish him all the luck in the world.”

The shortlist of the 12 ‘Albums Of The Year’ chosen by an independent judging panel were announced yesterday (September 12) at London’s Hospital Club. The final award for the £20,000 prize will be announced on November 1.

The full list of nominated albums is:

Alt-J – ‘An Awesome Wave’ (5/1)
Richard Hawley – ‘Standing On The Sky’s Edge’ (4-1)
Plan B – ‘Ill Manors’ (4-1)
Sam Lee – ‘Ground Of Its Own’ (10-1)
Lianne La Havas – ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ (8-1)
Django Django – ‘Django Django’ (5-1)
The Maccabees – ‘Given To The Wild’ (7-1)
Ben Howard – ‘Every Kingdom’ (8-1)
Jessie Ware – ‘Devotion’ (7-1)
Roller Trio – ‘Roller Trio’ (10-1)
Field Music – ‘Plumb’ (10-1)
Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Home Again’ (8-1)

Click below to replay the nominations, as they happened.