Little Simz wins Mercury Prize 2022 beating Self Esteem and Sam Fender to coveted award


The 28-year-old artist was amongst one of many 12 acts within the working for the distinguished award alongside Harry Kinds and Sam Fender.

The announcement was made throughout the award ceremony, which was hosted by broadcaster Lauren Lavern and recognises the perfect British and Irish album of the 12 months, on the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, west London, on Tuesday night.

Accepting her prize onstage, Little Simz mentioned she was “very overwhelmed and grateful” to obtain the accolade.

Little Simz performing on the Mercury Prize award ceremony in London on Tuesday night

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“To my household over right here, my family members proper right here. I need to say an enormous thanks to the Mercury for this unbelievable prize,” she mentioned.

“I need to say thanks to my brother and shut collaborator Inflo…he is recognized me since I used to be so younger, he is caught by me, we created this album collectively.

“There was occasions within the studio once I did not know if I used to be going to complete this file, I used to be feeling all of the feelings and actually going by it. He caught by me and pushed me to ship this album for you guys.”

She continued: “I need to say an enormous thanks to my crew…I need to say thanks to the followers. Jamz Supernova, Lauren Laverne, thanks guys a lot.

Little Simz giving a speech after being named winner

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“And final however by no means ever least I need to massive up all the opposite nominees tonight, all the opposite albums, from Pleasure (Crookes), to Kojey (Radical), Self Esteem, Moist Leg, all you guys are unbelievable.”

This 12 months mark’s the Mercury Prize’s thirtieth anniversary and the ceremony had initially been because of happen final month, however was postponed following the dying of Queen Elizabeth II.

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