Denise Chaila’s mixtape ‘Go Bravely’ has won the award for Choice Music Prize Album of the Year.
It has been a rapid, two year, rise to success for the Limerick/Clare rap/spoken word artist. Denise released the anthem of Summer 2020 which spells out the rapper’s name and pokes fun at all the mispronunciations Chaila has heard. The release followed the rapper’s iconic one hour performance for the Courage series for Other Voices filmed at the National Gallery of Ireland and broadcast on RTE.
With playful, smart rhymes, a recent single, ‘Anseo’ introduced “the black James Bond” on this 11 track debut mixtape that has picked up airplay across the country and in the UK.
Adam Clayton made the announcement at the event after the judging panel, made up of Irish music media professionals and chaired by Jim Carroll, met up over Zoom to decide on the winning album.
Denise receives a cheque for €10,000, a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), as well as a specially- commissioned award.
The event, hosted by Tracy Clifford, took place live on RTÉ2FM and RTÉ Player with exclusive performances from the artists, most of which were recorded at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, Dublin by South Paw.
The winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was also announced by singer-songwriter Ruth Anne and won by Niall Horan for his song “No Judgement”. Decided by the public (Ireland only), via the RTÉ and Choice Music Prize websites, fans were given the chance to get behind their favourite song of 2020.
RTÉ2 will broadcast a one-hour TV programme of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize, featuring performances from all the acts and interviews by Bláthnaid Treacy, on Sunday March 14.
The 2020 album shortlist
Bitch Falcon – Staring at Clocks (Small Pond Recordings)
Denise Chaila – Go Bravely (narolane)
Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death (Partisan Records)
JyellowL – 2020 DIvision (JyellowL Records)
Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine (Loaded Records)
Nealo – All The Leaves Are Falling (2020 Nealo)
Pillow Queens – In Waiting (Pillow Queens Records)
Ailbhe Reddy – Personal History (Friends of the Family)
Niamh Regan – Hemet (The Black Gate Label)
Silverbacks – Fad (Central Tones)
MusicLimerick – New Music Favourites is a Spotify playlist of some of the fine music being produced by Limerick artists over the last 12 months.
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