McFly star Danny Jones backs Sam Fender and Harry Styles for the Mercury Prize

McFly star Danny Jones backed Sam Fender and Harry Styles to take home the Mercury of the Year award following the announcement of the shortlist.

Musician-songwriter Fender was nominated for number one album Seventeen Going Under while former One Direction star turned soloist Styles received the nod for his third solo studio album Harry’s House.

Singers are among 10 out of 12 competing for the prestigious award, which recognizes Best British Album of the Year, who are nominated for the first time.

Speaking on BBC’s The One Show, singer McFly and guitarist Jones said he hoped Fender’s chances of winning were “fairly high”.

He added: “He’s been doing some incredible things lately. And for me, it’s also really good for us to show guitar music in a commercial environment, he’s helping us.

“I sometimes talk to him on social media and just make him grow up and I believed in him from the start and it’s been a pleasure to see him doing so well and playing big shows.”

He recalls how Fender brought his Brit award for best alternative rock repertoire back to his local pub to celebrate, which he said “reverberated” with him when he also started going to pubs and open mic nights.

After the shortlist was announced, Fender told BBC Radio 6 he was “nervous” and “absolutely panicked” after winning his first Mercury Prize nomination.

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Sam Fender (Jane Barlow / PA)

Jones, who is also a coach on The Voice Kids, says he loves Styles too, adding: “I’ve worked with Harry in the past and he’s a great guy so any of the two should be. That’s what I want.”

Styles’ Harry’s House album has enjoyed a string of successes since its release in May, having just achieved its sixth week at number one on the UK album chart and now having more weeks at the top of the chart. all One Direction albums combined.

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Also among the nominees are Leeds rock group Yard Act with their debut studio album The Overload and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg also nominated for their number one album of the same name.

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Harry Styles (Ian West / PA)

Little Simz, who won Best New Artist at the Brit Awards, scooped up another Mercury Award nomination this year for Sometimes I Can Be Introvert – was on the shortlist 2019 for her album Gray Area.

Bafta-nominated actress Jessie Buckley, who just won the Olivier Award for best actress for her role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, is also on the list for her debut album For All Our Days That Tear The Heart alongside with Bernard Butler.

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