Adele and Tinie lose out to PJ Harvey at Mercury prize

Wednesday September 7, 2011

PJ Harvey has become the first artist to win the prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize for a second time.

The musician triumphed with her release Let England Shake, inspired by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Polly Jean Harvey, 41, beat acts such as chart-topper Adele and Brit-winning star Tinie Tempah to the £20,000 prize. 

They had to be content with a nominees' trophy.

PJ previously won the Mercury a decade ago on the night of September 11.

On that occasion, the singer was trapped in Washington DC following the earlier terrorist attacks.

Thanking the audience at Tuesday's ceremony in London, she said it was "good" to be there.

"When I last won 10 years ago on September 11, 2001, I was watching the Pentagon burning from my hotel window.

"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."

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