The creator of 'Let England Shake' wants to pick up the award for a third time
PJ Harvey is the first ever two time winner of the award, first picking up the prize in 2001 for her album ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’. In the press room after winning the award last night (September 6), she said:
I hope to be back here again in another 10 years’ time with another record because it’s very important to me to keep making work that is of relevance, not just to myself but to other people.
The Mercury Prize has been running since 1992, and Harvey was the first ever female solo act to win back in 2001. However, her win was clouded with tragedy as she received her award from a hotel room in Washington DC in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon. Of this she said:
Ten years ago feels like such a surreal experience, I’m sure for everybody, but my only memory of that day really is being in the hotel room and watching the television and seeing the Pentagon burning and I felt so separate from the prize that was being given here at that time, and I’m sure it must have felt very odd for the people that were here. So to have the chance again to be here and actually receive an award means a great deal to me.
She added that she was now a fan of Everything Everything after seeing them perform at the ceremony.
The full list of nominees was:
Anna Calvi – ‘Anna Calvi’
Elbow – ‘Build A Rocket Boys!’
James Blake – ‘James Blake’
Katy B – ‘On A Mission’
Metronomy – ‘The English Riviera’
Tinie Tempah – ‘Disc-Overy’
PJ Harvey – ‘Let England Shake’
Gwilym Simcock – ‘Good Days At Schloss Elmau’
Everything Everything – ‘Man Alive’
Ghostpoet – ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – ‘Diamond Mine’
Adele – ’21’
Read NME’s review of ‘Let England Shake’ and scroll down to watch an exclusive interview in which she discusses her remarkable album.
The best of PJ Harvey: a Spotify playlist
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