PJ Harvey: Mercury Prize victory was ‘overwhelming’ – video

Singer also reveals that she is still letting the victory sink in

PJ Harvey has said that she was “overwhelmed” by her victory at the 2011 Mercury Music Prize.

Speaking to NME at Bestival, the singer, who won the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize last week for her album ‘Let England Shake’, said that the victory was “wonderful”.

Harvey said: “It’s sinking in but it’s taking a while. It’s amazing to win for a second time, but also being there for the first time, to collect it was overwhelming. The amount of good spirit I felt in the room and support was wonderful.”

She added: “It’s hard to put into words how much it meant to me. When you grow something out of a tiny seed of an idea and the only person believing in it is you, (then) three years later to see it have been taken into other peoples lives is more than I could ever wish for.”

Harvey said that she doubted she would win because of her victory in 2001. “I didn’t think I would win because I’d won before,” she said. “I thought it would be unlikely but I was just happy to be there. I was just happy that such a difficult and serious record would be getting that exposure.”