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Little Simz tops BBC Radio 6 Music’s album of the year poll

'Sometimes I Might Be Introvert' was announced as the station's favourite record of 2021

By Joe Goggins

Little Simz performs live
Little Simz's 'Sometimes I Might Be Introvert' has been named BBC Radio 6 Music's album of the year. (Photo: Alamy)

Little Simz has clinched BBC Radio 6 Music’s Album of the Year for her third record, ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’.

The London rapper was announced as having topped the list on Lauren Laverne’s breakfast show this morning (November 26). The top ten albums of the year were voted for by the station’s presenters.

In a statement, Simz said: “A big thank you to BBC Radio 6 Music for choosing my album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert as Number 1 on your Top 10 Albums of the Year. I’m super grateful for all the love and support!”

The record was Laverne’s personal choice for number one. She said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Little Simz over the last few years and have had the privilege of speaking to her about her work on several occasions, on 6 Music. When I heard ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ earlier this year, I fell in love with it immediately and knew it was going to be the stand out album of 2021 for me. I’m thrilled that it captured the hearts of other 6 Music presenters too. Congratulations to Little Simz on another fantastic record.”

Simz’s association with the station dates back years and includes a live session on Mary Anne Hobbs’ show in 2019 and an appearance at 6 Music Festival in Liverpool the same year. She has twice hosted her own show on the network.

“Little Simz has been a treasured artist on 6 Music for years,” said Lauren Brennan, the station’s Music Team Editor, “so I’m delighted that her widely acclaimed ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ has topped the list this year.”

Laverne revealed the rest of the top ten on this morning’s show, with Simz having beaten out competition from the likes of Arlo Parks, IDLES and Self Esteem to take the top spot.

‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’, which followed up Simz’s Mercury Prize-nominated ‘GREY Area’, received universal critical acclaim on release in September, and holds an 88 rating on Metacritic, making it one of 2021’s highest-rated albums. The Independent called it “the most thrilling album of the year”, with special praise reserved for the lyricism and orchestration.

BBC Radio 6 Music’s top ten albums of the year are as follows:

  1. Little Simz – ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’
  2. Arlo Parks – ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’
  3. Field Music – ‘Flat White Moon’
  4. Du Blonde – ‘Homecoming’
  5. IDLES – ‘Crawler’
  6. Jane Weaver – ‘Flock’
  7. Self Esteem – ‘Prioritise Pleasure’
  8. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – ‘Promises’
  9. Nubya Garcia – ‘Source ⧺ We Move’
  10. Tirzah – ‘Colourgrade’