Friday 14 December 2018

RTÉ Choice Music Prize - dates announced for Irish Album of the Year and Song of the Year shortlists

Photo by Robbie Reynolds of All Tvvins, Soulé, Tracy Clifford and Eoghan McDermott.
Photo by Robbie Reynolds of All Tvvins, Soulé, Tracy Clifford and Eoghan McDermott.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The dates have been announced for the shortlists for Irish Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and the Choice Music Prize live event at Vicar Street.

The shortlist for this year's RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017, in association with IMRO & IRMA, will be announced on Wednesday January 10 2018.

The winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event at Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday March 8, 2018.

The prize celebrates the best in Irish recorded music and has been an annual event since 2005.  Previous winners of the Album category include Delorentos, The Divine Comedy and last year's winners Rusangano Family.

The event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 as part of an RTÉ Choice Music Prize programme, the following week.

The station is today playing only Irish music in celebration of the prize. 

"Our all-Irish music days, which we introduced to celebrate last year’s partnership, have become one of the most popular things we do on the station," said station boss Dan Healy.

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.

Also, the shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2017 will be announced on Wednesday 31st January 2018.

A special event featuring performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin’s Tramline that evening.

2016 nominees All Tvvins (album) and Soulé (song) joined Tracy Clifford on 2FM today for the announcement.

The Choice Music Prize website has published a list of Irish albums released to date in 2017. This list can be viewed and updated by logging onto http://www.choicemusicprize.ie

Past recipients:

Album of the Year

2005 Julie Feeney - 13 Songs (Julie Feeney)

2006 The Divine Comedy - Victory for the Comic Muse (Parlophone)

2007 Super Extra Bonus Party - Super Extra Bonus Party (Alphabet Set)

2008 Jape - Ritual (Co-op Records)

2009 Adrian Crowley - Season of the Sparks (Chemikal Underground)

2010 Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History (Kitsune)

2011 Jape – Ocean of Frequency (Music Is For Losers)

2012 Delorentos – Little Sparks (Delo Records)

2013 Villagers – {Awayland} (Domino)

2014 The Gloaming  - The Gloaming (Real World)

2015 Soak – Before We Forgot How To Dream (Rough Trade)

2016 Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)

 

Song of the Year

2011 Royseven – We Should Be Lovers (Warner)

2012 Gavin James – Say Hello (Believe)

2013 The Original Rudeboys – Never Gonna Walk Away (Rubyworks)

2014 The Script – Superheroes (Sony Music)

2015 Gavin James – Bitter Pill (Warner Music)

2016 Picture This – Take My Hand (Warner Music)

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