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Here are the nominees for the Irish album of the year // RTÉ Choice Music Prize 2021

Here are the nominees for the Irish album of the year // RTÉ Choice Music Prize 2021


The 10 nominees for the seventeenth RTÉ Choice Music Prize 2021 were announced this week, with 10 albums selected by a panel of judges to go forward to the live show live at Vicar Street on Thursday 3rd March.

The 10 albums are:

  • Bicep – Isles (Ninja Tune)
  • Mick Flannery & Susan O’Neill – In the Game (Rosaleen Records / Rosa Productions)
  • For Those I Love – For Those I Love (September Recordings)
  • Orla Gartland – Woman on the Internet (New Friends Music)
  • HousePlants – Dry Goods (Bone China Records)
  • Kojaque – Town’s Dead (Soft Boy Records)
  • Elaine Mai – Home (Elaine Mai)
  • Saint Sister – Where I Should End (Saint Sister)
  • Soda Blonde – Small Talk (Velveteen Records)
  • Villagers – Fever Dreams (Domino)

Here’s a playlist of all the albums:

8 of the albums featured in our top 25 albums of 2021.

The show will also be broadcast on RTÉ 2FM from 7-11pm on March 3rd. The show will feature live performances from some of the shortlisted acts, further details on the line-up to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale.

A special RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights programme will be broadcast on RTÉ2 television the following week. 

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.

This year’s judges are:

Eve Blair
BBC Radio Ulster

Craig Connolly
District magazine

Conor Halpin
Red FM

Ciara King

Martina McGlynn
RTÉ Radio 1

Kieran McGuinness
Nova FM

John Meagher
Irish Independent

Aoife Moriarty Star

Emma Nolan

Kate O’Dwyer
RTÉ One Tommy Tiernan Show

Orla Ormond
Today FM

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