Little Simz has won the 2022 Mercury Prize for her album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert. After performing a song from the winning album, she was awarded a trophy and a check for £25,000 at a ceremony held at Eventim Apollo in London. Little Simz was previously nominated in 2019 for her third album Grey Area.
In a statement, the Mercury Prize judging panel said:
All but one of the artists shortlisted for the 2022 prize performed at the ceremony: Little Simz, Fergus McCreadie, Gwenno, Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, Joy Crookes, Kojey Radical, Nova Twins, Sam Fender, Self Esteem, Wet Leg, and Yard Act. Harry Styles, currently on tour in the United States, sent a recorded performance. Last year’s prize was awarded to Arlo Parks; Michael Kiwanuka took it home in 2020. Eligibility requirements for the prize were changed in 2021 after Rina Sawayama was deemed ineligble despite having lived in the UK since she was a child.
Earlier this year, Little Simz postponed her U.S. tour, saying, “I pay for everything encompassing my live performances out of my own pocket and touring the U.S. for a month would leave me in a huge deficit.”
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