pj-harveyLocal singer/songwriter PJ Harvey has won the 2011 Mercury prize with her fantastic album "Let England Shake" This is the second time she (or anyone else for that matter) has won this prestigious music industry award. The last time PJ Harvey won the Mercury Prize, the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks stopped her from flying from the US to London to accept the award.

Harvey accepted the £20,000 accolade for her February album Let England Shake, which was inspired by the poetry of TS Eliot, the work of Harold Pinter and worldwide conflict over the last 10 years.

"When I last won I was in Washington DC watching the Pentagon burn from my hotel window," said Harvey upon accepting her trophy.

"So much has happened since then. I wanted to make something meaningful and to make something that would last." She later added that to "have the chance to be here to receive an award means a great deal to me".

She said there was a link between 9/11 and the work. During her research she read the testimonies of soldiers who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan. "The greater urgency that I felt to write an album like this now is because of what has happened in the last 10 years," she said.

 

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