Little Simz wins 2022 Mercury Prize, beating Harry Styles and Wet Leg
Rapper Little Simz won the 2022 Mercury Prize. The awards took place last night (18) after being delayed for more than a month – the originally scheduled date was September 8, the day Queen Elizabeth died. Mercury has only one category: best British album of the year.
“Sometimes I Might Be Introvert” had already been one of the most praised albums of 2021. Released in September, it tied with Tyler the Creator’s “Call Me If You Get Lost”, at the top of the ranking that Vagalume compiles annually with the most present albums in the best of the year lists made by the international press.
Daughter of Nigerians, Simz, or Simbiatu Abisola Abiola Ajikawo, is 28 years old and had already been nominated for Mercury with her debut work. On that occasion, she lost to Dave’s “Psychodrama”,
Now she’s outgrown some heavy hitters like the debut of Wet Leg, the new English rock sensation, the ubiquitous “Harry’s House by Harry Styles and “Seventeen Going Under” by Sam Fender.
Styles was the only nominee who was not present at the ceremony. All the others also performed at the party. Little Simz chose to show “How Did You Get Here”. Look: