PJ Harvey honoured for outstanding contribution to music

By | Published on Wednesday 9 February 2011

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey is to receive the Teenage Cancer Trust-sponsored Outstanding Contribution To Music gong at this year’s NME Awards ceremony, due to take place at Brixton Academy on 23 Feb. She will collect the much-coveted award in person and will later perform live, as will My Chemical Romance and Godlike Genius Award recipient Dave Grohl as part of Foo Fighters.

NME editor Krissy Murisson sums up Harvey’s lengthy and influential career when she says: “From the sheer rawness of her 1992 debut album ‘Dry’ to the compelling honesty of her new album ‘Let England Shake’ which tackles war and global conflict, Harvey has always remained uncompromising and individual in her approach to music. But despite her willingness to experiment and push herself to artistic extremes, PJ Harvey is no fringe act. She has played to giant crowds at the world’s leading festivals, received praise from many music legends (including Radiohead, Patti Smith and Captain Beefheart) and won a Mercury Prize for a million-selling album”.

She concluded: “In short, PJ Harvey is a true artist, able to challenge and entertain, provoke and thrill. Her contribution to music is unique and unrivalled and NME is proud to pay tribute to her with this special award”.

Fair enough.