Little Simz Wins Coveted 2022 Mercury Prize

Rap star Little Simz is the winner of the coveted 2022 Mercury Prize, an award which recognises the best album of the year.

She was crowned the winner in a ceremony that took place in London on Tuesday, just over a month after it was postponed due to the death of the Queen.

Little Simz won with the album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.

Contrary to the title, Little Simz is bursting with confidence on her fourth album, which takes you on a journey through her family background and artistic struggles over a funky, orchestral brand of hip-hop.

On Little Q, she raps from the perspective of her cousin, who was stabbed in the chest in south London. The moving I Love You / I Hate You, meanwhile, is addressed to the father who abandoned her when she was 11. “Never thought my parent would give me my first heartbreak,” she observes.

The star’s laid-back delivery balances the sadness with empathy and understanding, and the music pulses with an unstoppable life force.

The critics said: “The kind of project that cements her status as one of the most talented artists of her generation.” [Under The Radar]

Other nominees included Gwenno, Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, Fergus McCreadie, Yard Act, Wet Leg, Harry Styles, Kojey Radical, Nova Twins, Sam Fender, Self Esteem and Joy Crookes.

Last month, several of the artists involved had already arrived and rehearsed for the show, scheduled to take place on 8 September, when news broke of the Queen’s death.

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