Previous nominee beats all comers to scoop prize...

PJ HARVEY‘s ‘STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE SEA’ has scooped the 2001 TECHNICS MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE, in a popular decision for those at the ceremony.

PJ Harvey was unable to make the ceremony, but phoned from Washington DC to accept the award. Due to today’s (September 11) events in the US, the acceptance speech was downbeat, as was the whole mood of the occasion, with every artist expressing their deep shock and sorrow.

“Obviously I would just like to say thank you very much, I can genuinely say I’m absolutely shocked, I had no idea and no expectation I would get this,” said Harvey.

“My band and I are in tour in Washington DC at the moment we woke up this morning and the whole city is in a state of shock. It is a very surreal day. All I can say is thank you very much I’m absolutely stunned.”

PJ Harvey beat the bookies favourite – Zero 7’s ‘Simple Things’.

The full list of nominees was:

Zero 7 – ‘Simple Things’

Basement Jaxx – ‘Rooty’

PJ Harvey – ‘Stories from the City, Stories From The Sea’

Elbow – ‘Asleep in the Back’

Turin Brakes – ‘The Optimist LP’

Super Furry Animals – ‘Rings Around the World’

Goldfrapp – ‘Felt Mountain’

Ed Harcourt – ‘Here Be Monsters’

Radiohead – ‘Amnesiac’

Tom McRae – ‘Tom McRae’

Susheela Raman – ‘Salt Rain’