We love a wholesome parent moment at an awards show. From Sandra Oh taking her parents to the Golden Globes to Leonardo DiCaprio asking his mum to be his date to the Oscars, the beaming smile of a proud parent really does light up a red carpet.
Which is why Little Simz’ mum quickly became the breakout star of the Brit Awards 2022 after the rapper took her on stage with her to accept her award for Best New Artist. Hand in hand they walked towards the podium before Simz’ mum lifted the iconic statue trophy up in her arms with a huge and infectious grin on her face.
‘Thank you so much. Mum, look at what you done Mum. Look at what you've done,’ Little Simz told her mother as she broke down in happy tears while the crowd cheered them on. Protectively hugging her mum beneath the crook of her arm, Simz continued: ‘I wanna say thank you to everyone that's supported me on this journey so far.
‘My name is Simbiatu Ajikawo. I'm from North London, Islington. [I] grew up on a council estate, I'm an independent artist and to be here tonight, receiving this award is such a blessing. I'm so grateful.’
Continuing with her powerful acceptance that was heralded as the ‘speech of the night’, Simz said: ‘I am living proof that if you work hard at something, no matter where you come from, no matter your background, no matter your race, you can do something extraordinary. So, this is for all the kids dreaming… Keep dreaming, keep pushing, I am you, you are me. Blessings, thank you so much.’
Obviously, the internet was an absolute emotional wreck after this. ‘Little Simz bringing out her mum I can't cope, I'm gonna cry,’ wrote one user. ‘Little Simz mum is the real winner for me tonight,’ added fellow singer Ella Eyre.’Little Simz mum stealing the show, as she should,’ echoed a second fan.
In her cover interview with Grazia ahead of the awards, Simz spoke of her dedication to her career: ‘I’ve been loyal to music, I’ve never given up on it, I’ve seen it through because I’ve always believed it was going to happen for me,’ she said. ‘I’ve always known that it’s bigger than me. I know my story is going to help someone. I think that’s also given me drive and motivation.’
Speaking of her independence that has typified her career she added: ‘I don’t feel like I need to do what everyone else is doing, it doesn’t interest me. I like to do things my way. I trust my taste and I trust myself. And I have a really great foundation of support from people who like that about me and who appreciate that.’