PJ Harvey was shocked to scoop Britain's coveted Mercury Prize for the second time earlier this month (Sep11) because she was convinced organisers would refuse to award it to the same artist twice.
The singer/songwriter became the first musician to win the prestigious honour on two occasions when she was named as the recipient of the 2011 award for her war-themed album Let England Shake.
Harvey was the bookmakers' favourite ahead of the prizegiving ceremony and had been strongly tipped for glory by critics - but she admits she was stunned by the win.
She tells NME magazine, "I wasn't expecting to win. I actually felt quite surprised. I'd won before, so I thought it was highly unlikely I'd win again, but I was delighted to even be there.
"I was so heartened that such a difficult and serious record would get that exposure. I was delighted... When you've grown something from the tiny seed of an idea and you spend three-and-a-half years slowly working on it, and the only person who believed in it is you... for three years later for it to be so wholeheartedly welcomed and taken into other people's lives - that's everything I could have wished for."
Harvey won her first Mercury Prize in 2001 for her album Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea.