The winner of the Mercury Music Prize 2001 is PJ Harvey for her album 'Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea'.
The announcement was made this evening at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, disproving the late betting run on other artists Zero 7 and Turin Brakes
Polly accepted the award via a phone line from America, 'I'm genuinely shocked, I had no expectations of winning. I'm in Washington DC at the moment and the whole city is in a state of shock,'
'It's been a surreal day and this has added to that. All I can say is thank you very much I'm absolutely stunned.'