After being postponed because the original date was the night the queen died, Britain’s Mercury Prize was handed out yesterday (October 18) with rapper Little Simz winning it all.
The Mercury Prize is similar to Canada’s Polaris Music Prize in that it’s a juried competition to determine the best album of the last 12 months regardless of genre or commercial success. This year’s winner was rapper Little Simz and her album Sometimes I Might be an Introvert. She picks up a cheque for £25,000. Here’s a sample.
The full short Short List of nominees were:
Fergus McCreadie – Forest Floor
Gwenno – Tresor
Harry Styles – Harry’s House
Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler – For All Our Days That Tear The Heart
Joy Crookes – Skin
Kojey Radical – Reason To Smile
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Nova Twins – Supernova
Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under
Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure
Wet Leg – Wet Leg
Yard Act – The Overload