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RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year 2022 Shortlist Announcement

January 10, 2023

RTÉ Choice Music Prize

In association with IMRO and IRMA

Irish Album of the Year 2022 – Shortlist Announcement

Three new prizes / Irish Song of the Year announcements later this week on 2FM

Live in Vicar St, Dublin with an Exclusive RTÉ Broadcast – 9th March

Tickets on Sale Now

The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2022, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced today on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show.

The shortlist is as follows:

Anna Mieke – Theatre (Anna Mieke under license to Nettwerk Music Group)

Aoife Nessa Frances – Protector (Partisan Records)

CMAT – If My Wife New I’d Be Dead (CMATBABY)

Dermot Kennedy – Sonder (Island)

Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia (Partisan Records)

Just Mustard – Heart Under (Partisan Records)

Pillow Queens – Leave the Light On (Royal Mountain Records)

Sorcha Richardson – Smiling Like An Idiot (Faction Records)

The Mary Wallopers – The Mary Wallopers (The Mary Wallopers)

Thumper – Delusions of Grandeur (Eva Magical Music Sounds)

As part of RTÉ’s continued commitment to promoting Irish music, 2FM again celebrates the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule today with All Irish All Day from 6am to Midnight.

2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show will broadcast a week of Choice Music Prize announcements and activities, including further details on the three new prizes and Irish Song of the Year:

Irish Artist of the Year – shortlist Tuesday 10thJanuary

Irish Breakthrough Artist – shortlist Wednesday 11th January

Classic Irish Album – further details Thursday 12th January

Irish Song of the Yearshortlist Friday 13th January

(the public vote for SOTY will open at the end of the week)

Commenting, Adam Fogarty, Head of Music, RTÉ 2FM, said “It’s been another year of quality music from Irish artists which we’re looking forward to celebrating on 2FM. The new prizes, particularly Irish Artist of the Year and Irish Breakthrough Artist, along with Irish Song of the Year will ensure that we get to put an even bigger spotlight on incredible Irish artists and recognise their achievements over the last twelve months.”

RTÉ Choice Music Prize recognises and champions some of our finest songwriters and IMRO is delighted to continue its longstanding association with this prestigious music prize. Irish music continues to push new boundaries and this prize provides an important platform for new music to connect so strongly with audiences in Ireland and important overseas markets.” said Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive.

The Irish Album of the Year 2022, along with the four prizes above, will be announced live from Vicar St on RTÉ 2FM in a special show 7-11pm on Thursday 9th March. 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 now via

The 18th 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 list of judges is listed on

The winning Album of the Year 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, Culture Ireland, FMC and Minding Creative Minds are also official project partners of the RTE Choice Music Prize.

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


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