Marcus Mumford, Jessie Ware and Clara Amfo are among the Mercury Prize 2017 judging panel

Lianne La Havas, Jamie Cullum and Ella Eyre are also on the panel.

The judges responsible for deciding the winner of the 2017 Mercury Prize have been revealed.

A fantastic roster of musicians, radio personalities and journalists make up the panel, a 12-strong industry team who will whittle down the year's best albums until just one can take home the coveted trophy.

While the judges have the final say, the public do get a say in which of the shortlisted albums they want to see take home the prize. Of the shortlisted 12 albums that will be revealed on Thursday July 27, six will make it down the final voting stage - one chosen by the public, and five others picked by the judges.

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Returning from last year's panel include BBC Radio 1's Clara Amfo, Head of Music at BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music Jeff Smith, and artists such as Jessie Ware and Jamie Cullum, while new for 2017 include Mumford & Sons lead vocalist Marcus Mumford, Lianne La Havas, Radio 1's MistaJam and Ella Eyre.

Last year's Mercury Prize celebrated grime, with Skepta's album Konnichiwa picking up the top prize. It started a whirlwind wave of critical success for him, as he went on to receive BRIT Award nominations while winning two Ivor Novello awards.

Huw Stephens will present the official Mercury Prize launch event on July 27, which will be broadcast live from 11am on BBC 6 Music. The Mercury Prize final takes place from the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London on September 14.

The full list of Mercury Prize 2017 judges is as follows:

Phil Alexander - Editor-in-Chief, Mojo and Q

Clara Amfo - Broadcaster

Jamie Cullum - Musician and Broadcaster

Ella Eyre - Musician and Songwriter

Harriet Gibsone - Music News Editor, The Guardian

Lianne La Havas - Musician and Songwriter

Will Hodgkinson - Chief Rock & Pop Critic, The Times

MistaJam - DJ & Broadcaster

Marcus Mumford - Musician and Songwriter

Jeff Smith - Head of Music, 6 Music and Radio 2 

Jessie Ware - Musician and Songwriter

Mike Walsh - Head of Music, Radio X  

Chair of the Judging Panel: Tony Wadsworth CBE

See which acts have previously won the Mercury Prize in our gallery below.

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Sampha (2017)