Pj Harvey - Pj Harvey Wins Mercury Prize For The Second Time
Pj Harvey became the first musician to win Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize twice when she scooped the honour for her groundbreaking album Let England Shake on Tuesday (06Sep11).
The singer/songwriter first took home the award 10 years ago (01) for her 2000 record Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea.
And she made it a double delight at the prizegiving in London on Tuesday when her war-themed Let England Shake beat out competition from 11 other records, including Adele's 21, rapper Tinie Tempah's Disc-Overy, and On a Mission by Katy B.
Harvey is also one of the most-nominated acts in the award's history, having made the shortlist in 1993 for Rid of Me and in 1995 for To Bring You My Love.
Receiving the $32,000 (£20,000) Mercury Prize at the ceremony, she said, "First of all, I'd like to thank you very much for this award and thank you for the recognition of my work on this album... This album took me a long time to write and was very important to me, and I wanted to make something meaningful, not only for me but for other people, and hopefully something that would last."
Harvey also made reference to her previous triumph in 2001, when her victory was announced just hours after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. while she was caught up in the disaster.
She added, "It's also really great to actually be here this evening because when I last won, on September 11, 2001, I was in Washington, D.C., watching the Pentagon burning from my hotel room window."
The Mercury Prize is awarded annually to the most influential album of the previous 12 months.