The annual Choice Music Prize nominations were announced today.Gotta say, it would’ve been nice to see LaFaro and Primordial on there…anywho…here’s the press release:
Meteor Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year 2011 Shortlist Announced
Wednesday 11th January: The Meteor Choice Music Prize shortlist for Irish Album of the Year 2011 was announced this afternoon. Selected by a panel of 11 Irish music media professionals and industry experts the list of nominees is comprised of some of the very best of Ireland’s musical talents. The overall winning Album of the Year will be selected by the judging panel at the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Thursday, March 8th 2012.
The shortlist is as follows (artists listed in alphabetical order):
And So I Watch You From Afar – Gangs (Richter Collective)
Bell X1 – Bloodless Coup (Belly Up Records)
Cashier No 9 – To The Death Of Fun (Bella Union)
Lisa Hannigan – Passenger (Hoop Records)
The Japanese Popstars – Controlling Your Allegiance (EMI)
Jape – Ocean of Frequency (Music Is For Losers)
Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands – Golden Syrup (Osaka Records)
Pugwash – The Olympus Sounds (EMI/1969 Records)
Tieranniesaur – Tieranniesaur (Popical Island)
We Cut Corners – Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards (Delphi)
Meadhbh Quinn, Meteor’s Head of Brand and Marketing Communications: “Today’s shortlist is representative of the vast wealth of musical talent we have in Ireland today. The Meteor Choice Music Prize is unique in that judging focuses simply and solely on the music, as opposed to sales or airplay, it was established to highlight, promote and showcase the work of Irish artists and we’re very much looking forward to the award show in March.
Meteor has a longstanding association with music, it resonates with our customers and we are passionate about supporting and celebrating Irish musical talent within the country. Our work with the Choice Music Prize gives us the opportunity to share the best of Irish music with Meteor customers through exclusive gigs such as our recent Snow Patrol, Lisa Hannigan and James Vincent McMorrow concert’s, and through free downloads and competitions.”
The Meteor Choice Music Prize live event will be broadcast live on Today FM in a special four hour extended programme during the Paul McLoone show. Tickets for the Meteor Choice Music Prize live event will go on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from http://www.ticketmaster.ie on Friday January 13th, priced €22.50 including booking fee.
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, courtesy of the Recorded Artists Actors & Performers Ltd (RAAP). Most of the shortlisted albums will be available through retail partners HMV and once again, Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of key overseas delegates at the event.