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PJ Harvey becomes 2011 Mercury winner

PJ Harvey has just become the first artist in history to win two Mercury Music Prizes. Jools Holland announced that the Dorset singer-songwriter scooped the 2011 award for her album Let England Shake at a ceremony held in the Grosvenor House Hotel ballroom, London.

Who’ll win the 2011 Mercury Prize?

Welcome to M’s guide to predicting this year’s Mercury Prize winner. Read on, place your bets and take your seats for the 20th Mercury Prize ceremony, which takes place tonight from 6.45pm. Highlights will be aired on BBC2 at 10pm, and the winner announced at 10.15pm. The ceremony will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 6 Music.

MOBO Awards

PRS for Music are proud to sponsor the MOBO Best Song award for the third year run

MOBO nominations announced

The nominations for the 16th MOBO awards were unveiled at a ceremony in London last night. Jessie J led the way, receiving five nominations.

The Green Man festival diaries

Winner of the Best Medium sized festival award 2010, the Green Man festival is now in its ninth year. It has carved a niche as a non-corporate and ethically-minded festival. Claire Humphreys, set collector for PRS for Music, tells us what it was like. Pics by Claire, Jo Reilly and Emma Feeney.

Björk and Domino founder to receive new AIM awards

AIM (Association of Independent Music) have revealed that Björk will be the very first recipient of their new Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. Björk’s contribution to independent music has spanned over 20 years, inspiring many with her innovation and talent, making her the very deserved winner of AIM’s first Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.…

British talent returns to WOMEX

After a five-year absence of British talent, three UK artists have been selected to perform at the Womex world music convention in Copenhagen, October 2011. Celebrating the breadth of world music being produced in the UK today, the acts are: Juju, a collaboration between guitarist Justin Adams and Gambian griot Juldeh Camara; a figurehead of English folk music, Eliza Carthy performing with her new band; and Krar Collective.…

Jerry Leiber 1933 – 2011

Jerry Leiber, the songwriter behind some of Elvis Presley’s most well-loved songs, has died at the age of 78. Leiber earned his reputation alongside co-writer Mike Stoller, penning tunes for The Drifters, The Coasters and Ben E King as well as Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock for Presley.…