PJ Harvey was the hot favorite to pick up the annual Mercury Music Prize in London last night, and the voting went exactly as predicted. The singer is the first musician to win the prize twice—she won it 10 years ago for Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea—and sales of the victorious Let England Shake quickly rose in the aftermath of the ceremony.
Gigwise reports that the record was boosted by a 1190% spike in sales shortly after it was announced as the winner, causing it to rise to No. 2 in the album chart behind the ubiquitous 21 by Adele. Can Harvey ultimately topple the artist who has become the biggest music star of 2011 by a considerable distance? Only time will tell.
Below is a performance of “The Words That Maketh Murder” shot at the awards ceremony, along with Harvey’s acceptance speech, in which she appears characteristically modest.