Household names Andrea Corr, Dolores O'Riordan and Paddy Casey have all failed to be shortlisted for the best Irish album of 2007.
Three other top names - The Thrills, Damien Dempsey and Declan O'Rourke - also failed to make the shortlist of 10 for the Choice Music Prize, regarded as the Irish equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize.
Instead, a panel of industry personnel have plumped for albums by lesser known artists.
Former Moloko frontwoman Roisin Murphy gets the nod for her dancefloor friendly record 'Overpowered'. Dublin guitar band Delorentos are nominated for their debut In Love With Detail, while 'Achieving Vagueness' from Monaghan four-piece The Flaws also makes the cut.
Bell X1 multi-instrumentalist David Geraghty is nominated for his solo debut, 'Kill Your Darlings', while Dubliner Cathy Davey is shortlisted for her second album, 'Tales Of Silversleeve'. Meanwhile, singer songwriter Adrian Crowley is an outside bet for 'Long Distance Swimmer', and trad group Kila receive a surprise nomination for 'Gambler's Ballet'.
Cork band Stanley Super 800 are nominated for 'Louder & Clearer' while the eponymous album from Dublin-based Super Extra Bonus Party has also been acknowledged. The shortlist is completed by rock experimentalists Dry County, for 'Unexpected Falls'.
The winner will be selected on February 27.