The judging panel, made up of Irish music media professionals, deliberated before choosing the winning album. Instead of using sales or airplay as criteria, the Meteor Choice Music Prize judges focus, simply and solely, on the music.
The winner of the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was also announced and The Script won the prize for the song “Superheroes”. Decided by the public via the Meteor website.
The Gloaming received 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 sold-out event in Vicar Street, Dublin was hosted by Today FM’s Paul McLoone and was broadcast live on the station on Paul’s show.
RTE 2 Television will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the Meteor Choice Music Prize on Sunday 8 March at 10.50pm.