The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2020, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced today on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Jim Carroll, chairman of the judging panel.
The shortlist is as follows:
Bitch Falcon – Staring at Clocks (Small Pond Recordings)
Denise Chaila – Go Bravely (narolane)
Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death (Partisan Records)
JyellowL – 2020 DIvision (JyellowL Records)
Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine (Loaded Records)
Nealo – All The Leaves Are Falling (2020 Nealo)
Pillow Queens – In Waiting (Pillow Queens Records)
Ailbhe Reddy – Personal History (Friends of the Family)
Niamh Regan – Hemet (The Black Gate Label)
Silverbacks – Fad (Central Tones)
As part of RTÉ’s continued commitment to promoting Irish music, RTÉ 2FM again celebrates the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule throughout the day with All Irish Music All Day from 6am to midnight.
Commenting, Adam Fogarty, Head of Music, RTÉ 2FM said, ”Irish music is such an important part of 2fm and what we do. There’s so much incredible talent in Ireland right now and we believe Irish music is in the best place it’s ever been. As part of our RTÉ Choice Music prize announcement, 2fm will be going ‘all Irish, all day’ once again to support the amazing artists we have here.”
The Irish Album of the Year 2020 will be announced live on RTÉ 2FM in a special Tracy Clifford Show from 12-3pm on Thursday 4th March and broadcast live on RTÉ Player. The show will feature live performances from some of the shortlisted acts, further details on the line-up to be announced soon.
A special RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights programme will be broadcast on RTÉ2 television the following week.
The 16th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music. The Prize has become one of the music-industry highlights of the year since its inception in 2005. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of eleven Irish music media professionals and industry experts. The full list of judges is listed here.
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 shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.
RAAP and Minding Creative Minds are also official project partners of the RTE Choice Music Prize as are Culture Ireland and First Music Contact (FMC).
Through its funding of FMC’s Music From Ireland programme, Culture Ireland support of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize will be directed towards participant artists, as well as assisting the online RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations”.