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The winner of Britain’s Mercury Prize is Little Simz’s fourth studio album, Sometimes I Might Be Introverted. It beat out albums by Harry Styles, Wet Leg, and Sam Fender that were at the top of the charts.
Simz wins £25,000 ($28,000) in cash, a special trophy, and the kind of attention that usually puts the winning record back on the U.K. chart.
In 2021, Age 101 released Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, which peaked at No. 4 on the Official UK Albums Chart. This was a huge improvement over her previous career high, which was No. 87 for her 2019 album, Grey Area.
Little Simz, whose real name is Simbiatu “Simbi” Abisola Abiola Ajikawo and who was born and raised in London, broke through with her first mixtape, Stratosphere, in 2010. With the Mercury Prize, her own career could go through the roof.
She has been to many award shows. The rapper won the Brit Award for best new act earlier this year. She has also won Ivor Novellos and MOBO Awards, and now she can also say that she produced the album of the year.
On Tuesday (Oct. 18), Simz said from the stage at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo that she was “very, very shocked” by her win.
She also said this about the other albums nominated: “We all made amazing albums, and we all changed people’s lives with our music, and that’s the most important thing.” So this is really for us. “
Little Simz and the other finalists played at 2022 final, which had to be put off at first because Queen Elizabeth II died.
The Mercury Prize was started in 1992 to honor the best new music from Britain and Ireland in a variety of styles. Today, it is seen as the Booker Prize for music and the Turner Prize for art. A panel from the music industry judges the entries and chooses the winner based on artistic achievement.
Pulp, Portishead, Arctic Monkeys, James Blake, and Arlo Parks, who won last year for her album “Collapsed in Sunbeams,” are among the artists who have won this award in the past.
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