- 06 Jan 21
The RTÉ Choice Music Prize's Irish Album of the Year 2020 will be announced on Thursday, March 4th.
The female-dominated shortlist was compiled after 11 judges chose from a longlist of all Irish albums released in 2020
Now in its 16th year, the winner of the Choice Prize is awarded €10,000 by IMRO and IMRA and a specially-commissioned trophy. Previous winners include last year’s victor Lankum, who capped a brilliant 2019 with the prestigious prize.
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, with 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.
"Irish music is such an important part of 2fm and what we do," Adam Fogarty, Head of Music at RTÉ 2FM said. "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."
Check out the full list below:
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)
Fontaines D.C. claimed the Hot Press Album of the Year title for 2020 with A Hero’s Death.
This is the second year running that the Dublin five-piece have walked away with the honour, their widely acclaimed debut album Dogrel having been hailed as our Album of the Year in 2019.
Denise Chaila's Go Bravely and Pillow Queens' In Waiting also made the Hot Press Top 10 Albums of the Year.
JYellowL launched 2020 DIvision exclusively on Hot Press' YouTube Channel with an exclusive performance live from Swords Castle
Huge congratulations to all 10 #RTEChoicePrize Album of the Year nominees.@bitchfalcon@DeniseChaila@fontainesdublin@RealJyellowL@roisinmurphy@NellydaSilla
Check out the full list here: https://t.co/q0BGefon8Z pic.twitter.com/ouU690BcOZ
— RTÉ Choice Music (@choiceprize) January 6, 2021