PJ Harvey wins the Mercury Music Prize 2011

PJ Harvey was the surprise winner at this year's Mercury Music Prize ceremony, picking up the gong for her latest album 'Let England Shake'.

The award comes a full ten years after she won it for her second album 'Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea', and she beat off some heavyweight competition in the process; showing Tinie Tempah, Elbow and Katy B a clean pair of heels.

'First of all, I'd like to thank you very much for this award,' she said after being handed the prize by rotund ivory-tinkler Jools Holland. 'Thanks for the recognition for my work on this album.

'It's really good to be here, especially as when I last won on September 11, 2001, I was in Washington watching the Pentagon burning from a hotel window. So much has happened since then.

'This album had taken me a long time to write, and was very important to me. I wanted to make something that was meaningful, not just for me but for other people.'

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