The prestigious music award was given for her fourth studio album, ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’, Little Simz collected the winner’s trophy and cheque for £25,000 and then performed a song from the winning album ‘Sometimes I Might be Introvert’.
The Awards Show was hosted by Lauren Laverne and guest presenter, Jamz Supernova announced the overall winner on behalf of the judging panel. The event was held at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.
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.’
On winning the 28 old from North London said.
“To my family over here, my loved ones right here. I want to say a huge thank you to the Mercury for this incredible prize,” she said.
“I want to say thank you to my brother and close collaborator Inflo…he’s known me since I was so young, he’s stuck by me, we created this album together.
“There was times in the studio when I didn’t know if I was going to finish this record, I was feeling all the emotions and really going through it. He stuck by me and pushed me to deliver this album for you guys.”