The awards for this year’s NI Music Prize was announced last night in Ulster Hall in Belfast.
The event featured performances from upcoming bands Chalk, Problem Patterns, Conor Mallon, Ferna, Winnie Ama and last year’s ATL Artist of The Year winners The Florentinas.
It was broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster.
Here’s how the awards went:
Arborist, Belfast native Mark McCambridge, won the album of the year, awarded by a panel on the night, for his third album An Endless Sequence Of Dead Zeros, the album made and recorded with producer Matthew E. White and the house band of Spacebomb Studio at Richmond in Virginia.
Here was the shortlist of albums:
- Arborist – An Endless Sequence of Dead Zeros
- Clara Tracey – Black Forest (Public Vote winner )
- Conor Mallon – UNEARTHED
- Ferna – Understudy
- Jealous of The Birds – Hinterland
- KING CEDAR – Everything More, & Other Stories
- New Pagans – Making Circles of Our Own
- No Oil Paintings – Rain Season
- Phil Kieran – The Strand Cinema
- ROE – That’s When The Panic Sets In
- Therapy? – Hard Cold Fire
- Two Door Cinema Club – Keep On Smiling
Feminist DIY punk band Problem Patterns picked up best Music Video for ‘Who Do We Not Save’ and the BBC Introducing: ATL Artist of The Year award went to DIY Irish indie punk genre-queer band Tramp.
The alt-rock band Chalk were awarded a Joe Cassidy Chrysalis Award bursary of £3,000, a special award created by friends and family of the Chicago-based Belfast artist. Chalk also picked up best Live Act.
Paul Brady received the Oh Yeah Legend Award presented by IMRO chair and songwriter Eleanor McEvoy.
“Charlotte Dryden from Oh Yeah said; “We might be living in some of the most challenging times, but tonight was a needed moment of positivity. Recognition and acknowledgment for music creators is more important than ever and we thank our sponsors and supporters for getting behind that. Congratulations to all the acts tonight. Music moves people in many ways and tonight that was available to everyone”Charlotte Dryden from Oh Yeah Centre.
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