Tonight is THE big night for NI Music!
NI Music Prize 2020 streaming live on YouTube from 8pm.
The NI Music Prize, which is normally the biggest annual celebration of music from the north under one roof, will be streaming live due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organised by Oh Yeah, produced by MEP (Mike Edgar Production) and streaming live on the Oh Yeah YouTube channel, the awards plan to bring as much live experience as possible to audiences at home.
There will be brand new performances from shortlisted acts including Arborist, Careerist, Joshua Burnside, Kitt Philippa, Phil Kieran and Sasha Samara.
Rigsy (DJ & Broadcaster) and Gemma Bradley (Presenter, BBC ATL Introducing) will present the show. There will be guest contributors, with live announcements and presentations as well as some previously unseen footage including Jordan Adetunji and the Oh Yeah 2019 Legend recipients Snow Patrol performance from last year’s incredible event at the Ulster Hall.
The Oh Yeah Legend Award 2020 is in association with Marie Curie, Belfast and is dedicated to the singer-songwriter Bap Kennedy who died in 2016. Ralph McLean will lead the dedication and the award will be presented to Brenda Boyd Kennedy in honour of Bap. There is also some very special Bap Kennedy footage of a performance of ‘Howl On’ to enjoy.
The awards include Best Album supported by PPL, Best Single supported by Help Musicians, the Oh Yeah Contender Award in association with ATL Introducing and Best Live Act. The winners of three categories will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000 and £3,000 will go to the winner of Best Album.
The NI Music Prize is supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland, PPL, YouTube Music, Help Musicians and Belfast City Council.