Jessie J Has Never Heard of the Mercury Prize or PJ Harvey
The Mercury Prize is England's, and arguably one of the world's, most prestigious music awards. Despite this, English 'Price Tag' songstress Jessie J has never heard of the prize, or this year's winner, fellow Brit and singer-songwriter PJ Harvey.
NME caught up with singer before an intimate gig in London -- where she spoke about her hopes to perform Oasis' 'Don't Look Back in Anger' on tour later this year -- and she had no signs of embarrassment as she easily admitted that she "lives in a bubble" and was in the dark about the Mercury Prize. "I didn’t see the ceremony, no, I was jet-lagged after a flight back from America so I had an early night. I live in a bubble. Could I be up for a Mercury next year? Possibly. I should probably find out what it is before then," Jessie J tells NME.
The music website then questioned Jessie J about the 2011 Mercury Prize winner PJ Harvey. Jessie went on to say that she had never heard of Harvey, who is by no means a hitmaker but a very accomplished and brilliant musician. According to NME, Jessie "vowed to explore [Harvey's] back catalogue" and also asked "Is she any good?"
We'll cut Jessie some slack here, since she is only 23 years old and PJ Harvey is by no means a mainstream artist. However, we are still perplexed that a musician who is an English native has not heard of the Mercury Prize. At least it's nice to know that Jessie J isn't full of it by trying to talk about a subject she's not familiar with!