Shortlist for 2009 Choice Music Prize

Every year music fans in Ireland get ready to see some formal recognition for their favorite band’s great music. The Choice Music Prize is many things for those who win, including a status symbol, a way to grab some easy cash and a crowning achievement for their hard work and effort.

The Choice Music Prize is awarded to the best full-length Irish album each year. The prize was put in place in 2006 and is modeled after the Mercury Prize. The album is chosen on artistic merit alone while more mainstream factors such as record label, genre or sales are completely overlooked. The final winner is selected by a panel of judges which consist of media professionals from various facets of the industry, including TV, radio, print and the Internet. This panel changes every year to ensure that the winner is always chosen fairly. This year the judges have been hard at work and they have already selected a short list of nominees for the prize. The 2009 Choice Music Prize nominees are: Fight Like Apes (…And The Mystery Of The Golden Medallion – Model Citizen), Mick Flannery (White Lies – EMI), Halfset (Another Way Of Being There – Casino Gravity), Lisa Hannigan (Sea Sew – own label), David Holmes (The Holy Pictures – Canderblinks), Jape (Ritual – Co-Op), Messiah J & The Expert (From The Word Go – Inaudible), Oppenheimer (Take The Whole Mid-Range And Boost It – Fantastic Plastic), R.S.A.G. (Organic Sampler – Psychonavigation), The Script (The Script – Sony Music). No doubt a lot of careful consideration went into selecting the 2009 Choice Music Prize nominees.

Now that a selection of nominees for the 2009 Choice Music Prize have been announced, fans have will have to wait in eager anticipation to see who is crowned the winner. The ceremony wherein the winner will be announced and given a cool €10,000 will take place at Vicar Street in Dublin on March 4. It is open to the public and tickets will go on sale from January 19. If you can’t make it to the ceremony you will be happy to know that you can enjoy a live broadcast of the event on Today FM.