At the end of July the nominees for the Mercury Prize were announced. Among the chosen few were favourites of this magazine such as Anna Calvi's debut album, the new effort by veterans Elbow (who already won the award three years ago for “ The Seldom Seen Kid”), the debut albums by James Blake, Katy B and Ghostpoet (representatives of the new British urban electronica), the reborn Metronomy (with their irresistible sophisticated synth–pop), the huge PJ Harvey (with her incredible “Let England Shake”) and the folk delicacy coming from the collaboration between King Creosote and Jon Hopkins. The complete shortlist is to the right of this article.
Like every year, the Mercury Prize has almost become a national issue in the UK; with all kinds of media trying to predict the winner while the citizens express their opinions in the betting shops. This year, PJ Harvey is the favourite, followed by James Blake, Anna Calvi and Adele - with her best-selling “21”. In the end Polly Jean Harvey - who was presented the award ten years ago for "Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea" - has won the Mercury Prize 2011, with "Let England Shake". As the winner, Polly took the sweet sum of 20,000 British pounds home with her. Congratulations PJ Harvey.