PJ Harvey Wins 2011 Mercury Prize
Wed, 07 Sep 2011 11:23:31
Congrats to Polly Jean Harvey. The British singer, whose Rid of Me is one of my favorite albums, has become the first musician to win Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize twice. Harvey took home the prize for Let England Shake on Tuesday. She bested the odds-on favorite Adele, whose critically and commercially adored 21 was also nominated for the Mercury Prize.
Harvey won her first Mercury Prize for her 2000 record Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea. 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. Great albums for sure.
At the ceremony, where she also received $32,000, Harvey 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 US, which obviously changed the complexion of the award for her. She said, "It's also really great to actually be here this evening because when I last won, on Sept. 11, 2001, I was in Washington, D.C., watching the Pentagon burning from my hotel room window."
The Mercury Prize is awarded to the most influential British album of the previous 12 months.
Have you checked out Let England Shake yet? Does the fact that PJ Harvey won this award make you want to check it out if you have not already?