Denise Chaila was announced as the winner of the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year 2020 in a ceremony that was broadcast on RTÉ Player and RTÉ 2FM today.
The Limerick rapper’s Go Bravely was pitched as a mixtape but the judges deemed it worthy enough for nomination and eventual winner.
Not pictured but thorougly a huge part of the win is God Knows and MuRli, who previously won the Choice Prize with Rusangano Family.
The winning act receives €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 also receive a specially commissioned award.
A special RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights programme will be broadcast on RTÉ2 television on Sunday March 14th.
The 10 shortlisted albums were, in alphabetical order are:
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)
This year’s judges were:
Trishauna Archer (Beat FM)
Pamela Blake (Today FM)
Pavel Barter (Sunday Times)
Gemma Bradley (BBC Radio One Introducing/BBC Radio Ulster Across the Line)
Lisa Connell (GCN)
Tracy Clifford (RTÉ 2FM)
Lauren Murphy (Freelance journalist)
Derek O’Connor (RTÉ Culture)
Claire Regan (LMFM/Virgin Media)
Louise Tighe (FM104)
Ray Wingnut (Spin Southwest)