A shortlist of 10 nominated songs for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2021 will be compiled by combining selected songs from the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Judging Panel, RTÉ 2FM and the Irish Airplay charts (compiled by Radio Monitor). A public vote will decide the winner online. The nominated song that receives the most votes will be the winner. The winning song will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize event at Vicar Street in March and presented with the award for RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2021.
The judging panel consists of 11 media professionals, representing Irish print, radio TV, online and other assembled music professionals.