skip to main content
RTE Choice Music

RTE Choice Music

In association with IMRO and IRMA

Irish Song of the Year 2020 – Shortlist Announcement and public voting opens

Live Online from Studio 5, RTÉ - Thursday 4th March 2021
Watch on RTÉ Player / Listen on RTÉ 2FM

2020 ALBUM OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST Bitch Falcon – Staring At Clocks Denise Chaila – Go Bravely Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death JyellowL – 2020 DIvision Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine Nealo – All The Leaves Are Falling Pillow Queens – In Waiting Ailbhe Reddy – Personal History Niamh Regan – Hemet Silverbacks – Fad

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, 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.

The 16th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music. The Prize has become one of the music-industry highlights of the year since its inception in 2005. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of eleven Irish music media professionals and industry experts. The full list of judges is listed on

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.

RAAP and Minding Creative Minds are also official project partners of the RTE Choice Music Prize as are Culture Ireland and First Music Contact (FMC).

Through its funding of FMC’s Music From Ireland programme, Culture Ireland support of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize will be directed towards participant artists, as well as assisting the online RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations”.