Rusangano Family were last night crowned the winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2016 for the album “Let The Dead Bury The Dead”. The judging panel, made up of Irish music media and members, found the Limerick band’s debut to be best of the year’s releases solely on musical ability rather than sales or plays.
Snow Patrol’s Jonny Quinn presented Rusangano Family with the specially-commissioned award. They also 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).
The RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was awarded to Picture This for the song ‘Take My Hand’. The award was decided by the public via the RTÉ and Choice Music Prize websites.
The sold-out event in Vicar Street was hosted by RTÉ 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott and was broadcast live on the station.
RTÉ2 will broadcast a one-hour TV highlights programme of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize featuring performances from the acts and interviews on Saturday 18 March at 11pm.