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Choice Music Prize
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Awarded for Best album from the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland
Presented by IRMA, IMRO and RAAP
Location Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland
First awarded 2005
Official website http://www.choicemusicprize.com/

The Choice Music Prize is a yearly music prize awarded to the best album from Ireland. It has been sponsored by Meteor since 2011.

It was formed by journalist Jim Carroll and manager Dave Reid in 2005.

The ceremony to announce the winner takes place at Vicar Street, Dublin in February or March each year.

Eligibility

In order to be considered for the Choice Music Prize a release must meet all of the following conditions:

  1. All albums must have been released for the very first time in Ireland in the previous calendar year. This means that the album must have been made available for purchase by the general public (in shops, at gigs or on websites) for the very first time in Ireland (i.e. Republic of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland) between 1 January and 31 December of that year.
  2. Re-issues, multi-artist compilations, live albums and Best Of collections are not eligible
  3. The artist(s) in question must have been born in Ireland (i.e. Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland) and/or hold an Irish passport. Bands are eligible to be nominated if the majority of the band members were born in Ireland (i.e. Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland) and/or hold an Irish passport.
  4. For the purposes of the Choice Music Prize, an album must contain six or more tracks and/or be over 33 minutes and 20 seconds in length.

There is no formal application process for the Choice Music Prize. Once an album meets the above criteria, it is eligible to be considered by the judges for selection.

Winners and shortlisted nominees

Year Winner Album Shortlisted nominees & albums Judges
2005 Julie Feeney 13 songs
  • Bell X1 – Flock (album)
  • Cane 141 – Moonpool
  • The Chalets – Check In
  • Joe Chester – A Murder of Crows
  • Duke Special – Adventures in Gramophone
  • Hal – Hal (album)
  • Nick Kelly – Running Dog
  • Emmett Tinley – Attic Faith
  • Turn – Turn LP
2006 The Divine Comedy Victory for the Comic Muse
  • Director – We Thrive on Big Cities
  • Duke Special – Songs from the Deep Forest
  • The Immediate – In Towers and Clouds
  • David Kitt – Not Fade Away (David Kitt album)
  • Messiah J and the Expert – Now This I Have to Hear
  • Fionn Regan – The End of History (album)
  • Republic of Loose – Aaagh! (Republic of Loose album)
  • Si Schroeder – Coping Mechanisms
  • Snow PatrolEyes Open
  • John Caddell (Phantom FM)
  • Stuart Clark (Hot Press)
  • Alison Curtis (Today FM)
  • Neil Dunphy (Sunday Tribune)
  • Sinead Gleeson (The Ticket)
  • Rick O'Shea (RTÉ 2fm)
  • Nick Kelly (Irish Independent)
  • Mike Knightson (Limerick's Live 95fm)
  • Padraic Kileen (Irish Examiner)
  • Eamon Sweeney (Foggy Notions)
  • Tanya Sweeney (The Star)
  • Jonny Tiernan (Alternative Ulster)
2007 Super Extra Bonus Party Super Extra Bonus Party
  • Adrian Crowley – Long Distance Swimmer
  • Cathy Davey – Tales of Silversleeve
  • Delorentos – In Love with Detail
  • Dry County – Unexpected Falls
  • The Flaws – Achieving Vagueness
  • David Geraghty – Kill Your Darlings (album)
  • Kíla – Gamblers' Ballet
  • Róisín Murphy – Overpowered
  • Stanley Super 800 – Louder & Clearer
  • Brian Boyd (The Irish Times)
  • Michael Carr (Cork's 96FM and Cork Independent)
  • Ronan Casey (Westmeath Examiner)
  • Alan Corr (RTÉ Guide)
  • Dan Hegarty (2FM)
  • Anne Marie Kelly (Today FM)
  • Sheena McGinley (entertainment.ie)
  • Una Mullally (Sunday Tribune and the Una Rocks blog)
  • Paul McClean (BBC Northern Ireland)
  • Nadine O'Regan (The Sunday Business Post, Phantom 105.2 and blogger)
  • Leagues O'Toole (Foggy Notions)
  • Jon Richards (Galway Bay FM)
2008 Jape (band) Ritual (Jape album)
  • Fight Like Apes – Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion
  • Mick Flannery – White Lies (Mick Flannery album)
  • Halfset – Another Way of Being There
  • Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew
  • David Holmes (musician) – The Holy Pictures
  • Messiah J and the Expert – From the Word Go
  • Oppenheimer (band) – Take the Whole Midrange and Boost It
  • R.S.A.G. – Organic Sampler
  • The ScriptThe Script (album)
  • Niall Byrne (State/Nialler9 blog)
  • Edel Coffey (Irish Independent)
  • Ian Dempsey (Today FM)
  • James Foley (Record of the Day)
  • Andrew Hamilton (Clare People)
  • Kieran Hurley (Cork Campus Radio)
  • Paul Mallon (Irish Daily Star Sunday)
  • Lauren Murphy (entertainment.ie)
  • Sinead Ni Mhorda (Phantom FM)
  • Ed Power (Freelance)
  • Rigsy (BBC Northern Ireland¹s Across The Line/ATL TV)
  • Ian Wilson (RTÉ 2fm)
2009 Adrian Crowley Season of the Sparks
  • And So I Watch You from Afar – And So I Watch You From Afar (album)
  • Bell X1 (band) – Blue Lights on the Runway
  • Codes (band) – Trees Dream in Algebra
  • Dark Room Notes – We Love You Dark Matter
  • The Duckworth Lewis Method – The Duckworth Lewis Method
  • Julie Feeney – Pages
  • Valerie Francis – Slow Dynamo
  • Laura Izibor – Let the Truth Be Told (Laura Izibor album)
  • The Swell SeasonStrict Joy
  • Martin Burns (News of the World)
  • Josh Clarke (I102-104FM, Galway)
  • Roisin Dwyer (Hot Press)
  • Tony Fenton (Today FM)
  • Cathal Funge (Phantom 105.2, Dublin)
  • Padraic Halpin (Ragged Words)
  • Sophie Gorman (Irish Independent)
  • John McMahon (RTÉ 2fm)
  • Rob O'Connor (Beat 102 103, Waterford)
  • Eva Staic (Spin 1038, Dublin)
  • Chris Wasser (Evening Herald)
  • Aoife Woodlock (Other Voices)
2010 Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History
  • Adebesi Shank – This Is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank
  • The Cast of Cheers – Chariot
  • Cathy Davey – The Nameless (album)
  • Fight Like Apes – The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner
  • Halves – It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever)
  • Imelda MayMayhem (Imelda May album)
  • James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning (album)
  • O Emperor – Hither Thither
  • Villagers (band) – Becoming a Jackal
  • Aidan Cuffe (Goldenplec.com)
  • Ray D'Arcy (Today FM)
  • Michelle Doherty (Phantom 105.2)
  • Dave Fanning (RTÉ 2fm)
  • Shane Hegarty (The Irish Times)
  • Chris Jones (Alternative Ulster)
  • Danny McElhinney (Irish Mail on Sunday)
  • John Meagher (Irish Independent)
  • Jenny Mulligan (entertainment.ie)
  • Celina Murphy (Hot Press)
  • Phil Udell (State.ie)
  • Tony Clayton-Lea (Chairman of Judging Panel)
2011
  • Held on Thursday March 8, 2012
  • Paul McLoone's debut as M.C.
  • Broadcast live on Today FM
Jape (band) Ocean of Frequency
  • And So I Watch You From Afar – Gangs (album)
  • Bell X1 (band) – Bloodless Coup
  • Cashier No.9 – To the Death of Fun
  • Lisa Hannigan – Passenger (Lisa Hannigan album)
  • The Japanese Popstars – Controlling Your Allegiance
  • Jape (band) – Ocean of Frequency
  • Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands – Golden Syrup
  • Pugwash (band) – The Olympus Sound
  • Tieranniesaur – Tierannuesaur
  • We Cut Corners – Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards
  • Brian Adams (Today FM)
  • John Barker (98FM)
  • Stuart Clarke (Hot Press)
  • Siobhan Maguire (The Sunday Times)
  • Naomi McCardle (Harmless Noise)
  • Lauren Murphy (The Irish Times)
  • Nadine O'Regan (RTÉ/Phantom/Sunday Business Post)
  • Colm O'Sullivan (Red FM)
  • Ed Power (Irish Independent/Irish Examiner)
  • Rigsy (BBC1 Northern Ireland)
  • Penny Rose-Hart (RTÉ Radio 1)
2012
  • Held on March 7, 2013
  • Broadcast live on Today FM
Delorentos Little Sparks
  • Wallis Bird – Wallis Bird (album)
  • The Cast of Cheers – Family
  • Adrian Crowley – I See Three Birds Flying
  • Damien Dempsey – Almighty Love
  • Julie Feeney – Clocks
  • Heathers (band) – Kingdom
  • Mumblin Deaf Ro – Dictionary Crimes
  • Two Door Cinema ClubBeacon (album)
  • Windings – I Am Not The Crow
  • Mark Kavanagh (Daily Star)
  • KC (Today FM)
  • Aoife Barry (The Ticket/Blogger/2XM)
  • Craig Fitzpatrick (Hot Press)
  • Elaine Buckley (RTÉ, State, Entertainment.ie)
  • Sean Rocks (Radio1/Arena)
  • Eamonn Sweeney (Irish Independent)
  • Andy Kavanagh (TG4)
  • Steven McCauley (BBC Radio Foyle)
  • Eoghan O'Sullivan (Irish Examiner/Blogger)
  • Claire Beck (Phantom FM)
2013
  • Held on February 27, 2014
  • Broadcast live on Today FM
Villagers (band) Awayland
  • And So I Watch You from Afar – All Hail Bright Futures
  • Bell X1 (band) – Chop Chop (Bell X1 album)
  • Girls Names – The New Life (album)
  • Kodaline – In a Perfect World (Kodaline album)
  • Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero
  • Mano Le Tough – Changing Days
  • My Bloody Valentine (band) – MBV (album)
  • O Emperor – Vitreous
  • Lisa O'Neill – Same Cloth or Not
  • John Balfe (Entertainment.ie)
  • Aidan Butler (RTÉ Radio One)
  • Niall Byrne (Nialler9, Irish Independent)
  • Steve Cummins (Irish Post)
  • Shilpa Ganatra (Daily Star)
  • Daniel Gray (Totally Dublin)
  • Laurence Mackin (Irish Times)
  • Una Mullally (Irish Times and TG4)
  • Fin O'Leary (MCD Concerts)
  • Colm O'Sullivan (Today FM)
  • Niall Stokes (Hot Press)
  • Amy McGarrigle (BBC Northern Ireland)
  • Laura Kirkpatrick (Spotify)
2014
  • Held on March 5, 2015
  • Broadcast live on Today FM
The Gloaming (group) The Gloaming
  • Aphex Twin – Syro
  • Delorentos – Night Becomes Light
  • Hozier (musician) – Hozier (album)
  • James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
  • Sinéad O'ConnorI'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss
  • Damien RiceMy Favourite Faded Fantasy
  • The Riptide Movement – Getting Through
  • U2Songs of Innocence (U2 album)
  • We Cut Corners – Think Nothing
2015
  • Held Thursday March 3, 2016
  • Broadcast live on Today FM
  • Paul McLoone's final appearance as M.C.
  • Final broadcast on Today FM
SOAK Before We Forgot How to Dream
  • Girl Band – Holding Hands with Jamie
  • Ham Sandwich (band) – Stories from the Surface
  • Gavin James (singer-songwriter) – "Bitter Pill"
  • Jape (band) – This Chemical Sea
  • Le Galaxie – Le Club
  • Colm Mac Con Iomaire – And Now The Weather
  • Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
  • Villagers (band) – Darling Arithmetic
  • Young Wonder – Birth
  • Emily Brown (Spin Southwest)
  • Roddy Cleere (KCLR)
  • Tom Dunne (Newstalk)
  • Sínead Gleeson (The Irish Times)
  • Joe Harrington (Joe.ie)
  • James Hendicott (Golden Plec)
  • Edwin McFee (Hot Press)
  • Louise McSharry (2FM)
  • Sinéad Ní Mhórdha (Radio Nova)
  • Ed Smith (Today FM)
  • Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1)
  • Mike Walsh (Radio X)
2016
  • Held on Thursday March 9, 2017
  • Eoghan McDermott's debut as M.C.
  • Broadcast live for the first time on RTÉ 2FM, with highlights on RTÉ2
Rusangano Family Let The Dead Bury The Dead
  • All Tvvins – IIVV
  • Wallis Bird – Home
  • Bantum - Move
  • The Divine Comedy - Foreverland
  • Lisa Hannigan - At Swim
  • Katie Kim - Salt
  • James Vincent McMorrow - We Move
  • Overhead, The Albatross - Learning to Growl
  • Rusangano Family - Let The Dead Bury The Dead
  • We Cut Corners - The Cadences Of Others
  • Louise Bruton – Freelance & Irish Times
  • Brian Coney – Editor, The Thin Air
  • Maire Dineen – Súgradh Productions (Imeall TG4/Body & Soul)
  • Suzanne Doyle – Music, Film & Television Consultant
  • Dan Hegarty – RTÉ 2FM
  • Paddy McKenna – Editor, Joe.ie
  • Cathal Murray – RTÉ Radio 1
  • Barbara Nic D – Classic Hits 4FM
  • Colm O’Regan – Hot Press
  • Niall Power – Head of Music Beat FM
  • Eva Short – Deputy Editor, Trinity News

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