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The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2016, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced yesterday on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton Lea, chairman of the judging panel. And the nominees are:

All Tvvins IIVV (Warner Music)

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Bantum Move (Self Released)

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Wallis Bird Home (Mount Silver / Caroline International)

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The Divine Comedy Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)

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Lisa Hannigan At Swim (Hoop Recordings)

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Katie Kim Salt (Art For Blind Records)

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James Vincent McMorrow We Move (Faction Records)

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Overhead, The Albatross Learning to Growl (Self Released)

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Rusangano Family Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)

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We Cut Corners The Cadences Of Others (Delphi)

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RTÉ 2fm celebrated the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule all day yesterday with All Irish Music All Day from 6am to midnight, as well as live sessions by last year’s winner, Soak, and 2012 winners, Delorentos and a two-hour special on this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2016 shortlist, presented by Conor Behan from 8-10pm. RTÉ 2fm will continue to mark the announcement of the shortlist this week and beyond through a mix of airplay of tracks from the shortlisted albums, interviews with this year’s shortlisted artists and live performances.

The shortlisted albums can be enjoyed in full on the RTÉ Choice Music Prize website www.choicemusicprize.ie. The winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 9th March 2017. As part of the new partnership with RTÉ, the event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2fm in a special four-hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 as part of a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize TV programme, approximately one week later.

The 12th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate and acknowledge the best in Irish recorded music.  The prize has become one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar since its inception in 2005 and is awarded to the Irish Album of the Year, as chosen from a shortlist of ten releases by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.

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 of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award. RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners. 

Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 9th while Golden Discs will feature special stands showcasing the RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominees across their stores nationwide from next month.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2016 

The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2016 will be announced on Wednesday 1stFebruary, 2017. A Special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin that evening in the Workman’s Club.

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €26.50 including booking fee.

Stay up-to-date with the latest RTÉ Choice Music Prize news by following @choiceprize, @rte2fm, @rte and @rte2 on Twitter and Facebook and @explorerte and @rte2fm on Instagram using #rtechoicemusic. For Snapchat updates, follow @rte2fm.