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PJ Harvey has won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for her eighth album, entitled ‘Let England Shake’.

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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.
PJ Harvey, Winner of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize

PJ Harvey has won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for her eighth album, entitled ‘Let England Shake’.

She is the first musician ever to win the prize twice.

With a further two nominations to her name, PJ Harvey is now the most successful artists in the history of the Mercury Prize.

The musician won her first Mercury Prize on 11 September 2001 for her album ‘Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea’.

The events of that day and the impact they would have on world events over the following years inspired the album that won her the award for the second time.

Speaking last night after being awarded, the musician said: “It’s really good to be here this evening, because when I last won ten years ago I was in Washington D.C. 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, and hopefully to make something that would last.”

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year is an annual event celebrating the best of British music.

It was broadcast last night and featured performances from nominated artists, including Elbow, Tinie Tempah, Ghostpoet and Katy B.

Edited highlights of red carpet interviews with nominated artists are available at www.barclaycardmusic.co.uk (new window).

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