Indie queen PJ Harvey beat off stiff competition including Adele and Tinie Tempah to win her second Mercury Music Prize last night.
Harvey’s nabbed the £20,000 award with her spine chilling collection of protest songs Let England Shake exactly ten years after she took home the award for Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea.
The veteran singer-songwriter, looking resplendent last night in a white gown and feather head-dress is the first artist to take home the award twice.
Missing out, among others, were Adele who’s latest album 21 has topped charts around the world, dubstep newcomer Katy B who was hoping to win for her album On A Mission, Anna Calvi whose her self-titled debut has beguiled fans and critics alike and Tinie Tempah who has had massive success with his debut album, Disc-Overy.
Harvey also beat fellow stalwarts Elbow who took home the prize in 2008 for The Seldom Seen Kid, but were hoping to take home the prize last night for Build A Rocket Boys!
After collecting her award from Jools Holland at London’s Grosvenor House, Harvey said: “Thanks for the recognition of my work on this album. It's also really good to actually be here because, when I last won it, I was watching the Pentagon burning from my hotel”
“So much has happened since then. This album took me a long time to write. It was very important to me. I wanted to make something meaningful, not just for myself but for other people, and hopefully to make something that would last.”