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Plan B: Mercurys are 'big deal for me'

Plan B, Alt-J and The Maccabees lead the nominees for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

The competition, which names the album of the year, also includes Sheffield troubadour Richard Hawley, soul singer Jessie Ware and BBC Sound Of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka.

Completing the shortlist are Django Django, Lianne La Havas, Roller Trio, Field Music, Sam Lee and Ben Howard.

Lizo Mzimba spoke to Plan B at the announcement of the nominations.