The winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2018 has been revealed this evening at a ceremony held at Vicar Street, Dublin.
O Emperor were announced as the winner for their album “Jason” (self-released) by a judging panel earlier that evening.
Chairman of the judging panel Tony Clayton-Lea commented “Once again 2018 was a terrific year for the quality of Irish albums released, and the judging process reflected this. Of all the years that I have been chairman of the judging panel, this year was the closest in terms of winner and runner up, with Kojaque’s album Deli Daydreams pipped at the post by O Emperor.”
The band received a cheque for €10,000, a prize provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) – as well as a specially-commissioned award.
The winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was also announced as Picture This won the prize for “One Drink” which was decided by public vote.
RTÉ2 will broadcast a one-hour TV highlights programme of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize featuring performances from the acts and interviews by Bláthnaid Treacy on Sunday 17 March at 11.15pm.