PJ Harvey backs females for Mercury
Bookmakers' favourite PJ Harvey has backed her fellow female nominees for this year's Mercury Prize as walked the red carpet into the ceremony,
The singer, who won the prize in 2001, said: "I really like Adele's voice and I find her singing very moving, so I'd be happy if she won.
"Anna Calvi is an artist who will really develop, and go on from here. She's got a long way to go and she has an amazing voice."
Harvey wore a full-length white dress with a white leather bodice shaped like a strait-jacket.
She said the dress reflected her nominated album Let England Shake, saying: "I worked very closely with a designer who's a friend of mine...and she listened a lot to the music and talked a lot about what felt right for the band and myself to be wearing on stage and we created three or four different outfits, one of which I'm wearing tonight."
Other nominees on the red carpet included chart stars Katy B, who wore a figure-hugging maxi dress, Tinie Tempah, and former winners Elbow.
Chart-topper Adele skipped the red carpet to go straight into the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
The Someone Like You singer has cancelled two concerts this week due to a chest infection.