Last night PJ Harvey was crowned the Queen of Indie and the critics darling as she romped home with the Mercury Music Prize just as the bookies were predicting.
This decision by the panel dispelled a few fears and myths regarding the Mercury Prize. Namely that you cannot win the prize twice; that an established artist could not win it; and the bookies can sometimes get it right!
In the past perhaps it has been thought that when they nominate the likes of David Bowie and Paul Weller, that it was an acknowledgement, but in reality they could never win.
This years list was particularly strong and varied which made it all the more difficult for the judges, which makes the win by PJ Harvey even more prestigious.
Radiohead must still be thinking what they have to do to win it though!!
A superb album from a superb artist and worthy winner.