Winner of the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year is PJ Harvey.
Polly Jean Harvey (born 9 October, 1969) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, composer and occassional artist. Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient with a wide range of instruments including piano, organ, bass, saxophone, and most recently, the autoharp.
Mercury prize 2011 highlights video
The singer, who also won the award in 2001 for Stories from the City and after ten years she won Let England Shake in 2011 respectively and being the only artist to have awarded the prize twice. This year she beat the likes of Adele and Tinie Tempah, and appeared emotional as she was presented with the prize in London.
“First of all I’d like to say thank you very much for this award and thank you for recognition of my work on this album,” she said.
Harvey also said she was happy to collect the award in person after being forced to miss the event in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks in America.
She told the audience that when she last won the prize she was “watching the Pentagon burning from my hotel window”, adding: “So much has happened since then.”
Harvey also thanks her manager, record company and the production team involved in making ‘Let England Shake’.
The ceremony took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.