Congratulations to Little Simz who was crowned the Mercury Prize 2022 winner last night for her album ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’. The prize was presented to Simz at a star-studded award show held at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith hosted by Lauren Laverne.
Accepting the trophy, she said “Wow, I’m very, very overwhelmed. I’m very grateful, glory to God. God thank you so much.”
The judging panel said “In a year that has, to put it mildly, presented rather a lot of challenges, British and Irish music has thrived more than ever. That made it extremely hard for the judges to choose an overall winner from the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’ on the 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW shortlist, simply because all of them had so much to offer. When it came down to it, the judges were so impressed by ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ by Little Simz that everyone could get behind it. This accomplished and complex yet entirely accessible album is the work of someone striving constantly to push herself. It deals with themes both personal and political while putting them against music that is as sophisticated as it is varied. The Mercury Prize is all about shining a light on albums of lasting value and real artistry. ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ has both.”
The award show also featured live performances from Nova Twins, Fergus McCreadie, Gwenno, Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, Joy Crookes, Kojey Radical, Sam Fender, Self Esteem, Wet Leg, and Yard Act.