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Sky has announced the nominees for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2017, and they include grime artist Skepta, Netflix's 'The Crown' and David Bowie.

The awards cross multiple genres and mediums, including comedy, classical music, dance, film, literature, opera, pop music, theatre, TV drama and visual arts.

Netflix's 'The Crown' will compete with 'Happy Valley' and 'National Treasure' in the TV drama category, while the pop music nominees are David Bowie's 'Blackstar' album, the 1975's 'I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it' and Skepta's 'Konnichiwa'.

In the theatre category, Jack Thorne's 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' takes on The Young Vic's 'Yerma' (which starred Billie Piper) and the Donmar Warehouse's all-female 'The Shakespeare Trilogy'.

The film category consists of 'I, Daniel Blake', 'Under the Shadow' and 'American Honey', while 'The Gustav Sonata' by Rose Tremain, 'The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between' by Hisham Matar and Zadie Smith's 'Swing Time' comprise the literature category.

The trophy is designed by Joe Hill and Samantha Scrase Dickins, taking an old-fashioned peep show machine as their inspiration.

"The South Bank Sky Arts Awards are unique," said the award's host Melvin Bragg. "They are the only major Awards wholly dedicated to the arts. They cover the spectrum – from pop music to classical music, from comedy to literature... They are focussed on the best in the British arts which over the last couple of generations have steadily moved to the front in world status."

The awards take place on Sunday 9th July, and will air on Sky Arts on Wednesday 12th July.

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