Choice Music Awards Shortlist

The Choice Music Awards was established in 2005 by Dave Reid and Jim Carroll and was created in the form of the well known Mercury Awards. A panel of judges is selected to give their votes and opinions in regard to the winner of the award, and does not take record sales, genre or labels into consideration, only the merit of the artistic integrity of the musician or band. The new shortlist of artists and musicians nominated for the Choice Music Prize was recently released and there is a strict criterion for artists to be nominated.

Artists need to release an album between January and December of the award year. They have to be artists or bands from Ireland or be born in Ireland and have the relevant passport. Compilations, Best Of or live albums are not considered for the awards, as well as re-issues of albums. An album must also be thirty-three minutes and twenty seconds in length, as a minimum standard, and feature at least six songs. The prize for the winner, which is €10,000, is provided to the Choice Music Awards by the Irish Recorded Music Association and the Irish Music Rights Organization. The short list for this year’s award is as follows:

Cathy Davey – The Nameless
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
Fight Like Apes – The Body of Christ & The Legs of Tina Turner
O Emperor – Hither Thither
Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History
Adebesi Shank – This is the Second Album of a band called Adebisi
Halves – It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever)
The Cast of Cheers – Chariot
James Vincent McMorrow – Early in The Morning
Imelda May – Mayhem

The judging panel for the 2011 Choice Music Awards will consist of eleven members, namely Dave Fanning (2fm), Shane Hegarty (Irish Times), Aidan Cuffe (, Danny McElhinney (Irish Mail on Sunday), Ray Darcy (Today FM), Celina Murphy (HotPress), Jenny Mulligan (, John Meagher (Irish Independent), Chris Jones (Alternative Ulster), Phil Udell ( and Michelle Doherty (Phantom 105.2). A special live concert will be hosted in Dublin on 3 March 2011, where the winner will be announced.