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The 1975 have been nominated for I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It and were in high spirits.

Radiohead are nominated for the fifth time, this year with A Moon Shaped Pool, but are not performing tonight, and Anohni is shortlisted for Hopelessness.

Other nominees this year include pop singer Bat for Lashes with The Bride, a concept album about a woman's fiance dying on the way to the wedding, and the latest works by punk revivalists Savages and danceable alternative rockers The 1975.

Bowie is in the running for Blackstar, an album infused with jazz and a dark lyricism that foreshadowed his death in January just two days after the album's release, following an undisclosed cancer battle.

Mvula, who was also nominated in 2013, said the ceremony was a "chance to honour" the Brixton-born singer.

In one notable snub, singer-songwriter PJ Harvey was not nominated for The Hope Six Demolition Project, which merged her alternative rock style with reflections on displacement from Afghanistan to inner-city Washington, DC.

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Of the remaining 12 acts, all except Radiohead are set to perform at the ceremony before the final six nominees are revealed live on BBC Four and 6 Music.

"I love the Hammersmith Apollo, I've always wanted to play there. That's kind of why I got into music really".

In fairness, the cosy-looking padded jacket Jamie Woon's picked out for today's fairly heated ceremony is probably the opposite of cool.

He also said he was "gutted" about the closure of London nightclub Fabric. That's me really, that's where i'm most at home. "It gives us things to do".

During his performance of Shutdown, Skepta, the self-proclaimed King of grime, said "Kano, we did it bro", a reference to his and Kano's nominations and the resurgence their genre has seen since it was last recognised by the Mercury Prize in 2003 when Dizzee Rascal won for his album Boy In Da Corner.

Hall then took to the stage to perform Bowie's Lazarus which opens with the lyrics "Look up here I'm in heaven".

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