SOAK wins Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2015 while Gavin James bags Irish Song of the Year
It was a triumphant night for Derry teenager Soak as she picked up the Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year for her debut Before We Forgot How to Dream.
The €10,000 prize, from IMRO and IRMA, is awarded from a panel of Irish music media professionals based solely on the music rather than airplay or sales.
The 19-year-old singer/songwriter received her award from U2's Adam Clayton.
"I don't even know where to start. I didn't see this coming at all. Thank you so much. This is unbelievable. I wish I had something intelligent to say but I'm genuinely overwhelmed," she said.
"This proves that no matter what age you are if you want to go out and do something you can."
Soak joins a prestigious group of previous winners including The Divine Comedy, Delorentos, Jape, Villagers, The Gloaming, Adrian Crowley, Super Extra Bonus Party and Two Door Cinema Club.
Also on Thursday night Gavin James was awarded with Irish Song of the Year for his song Bitter Pill. This award was chosen by the public.
RTE 2 will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the Choice Music Prize on Saturday March 12th at 11pm.
The full shortlist of nominated albums for the 11th annual prize was as follows (albums in alphabetical order):
Girl Band - Holding Hands with Jamie (Rough Trade)
HamsandwicH - Stories From The Surface (Route 109A Records)
Gavin James - Bitter Pill (Warner Music Ireland)
Jape - This Chemical Sea (Faction Records)
Le Galaxie - Le Club (Universal Music Ireland)
Colm Mac Con Iomaire - And Now The Weather (Plateau)
Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys (PIAS)
Soak – Before We Forgot How To Dream (Rough Trade)
Villagers – Darling Arithmetic (Domino)
Young Wonder – Birth (Feel Good Lost)