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RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2021 – Shortlist Announcement



The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2021, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced today on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show.

The shortlist is as follows:

  • Bobbi Arlo – Feel It
  • Dermot Kennedy – Better Days
  • Elaine Mai – No Forever feat. MayKay
  • Inhaler – It Won’t Always Be Like This
  • Jack O’ Rourke – Sea Swimming
  • Kynsy – Mr Nice Guy
  • Picture This – Things are Different
  • Shane Codd – Always on My Mind feat. Charlotte Haining
  • Soda Blonde – Small Talk
  • Soulé – Queenish

To vote for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Song of the Year 2021, visit

Votes are limited to one per person per day. Only votes cast in the Republic of Ireland will be counted. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 27th February.

The Irish Song of the Year 2021 will be announced by Tracy Clifford on a special show via RTÉ Player/2FM simulcast on the day of the live event on 3rd March. Tracy will also host the live event that night.

The show in Vicar St will feature performances from seven of the album-shortlisted acts. Tickets on sale now via

A special RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights programme will be broadcast on RTÉ2 television the following week presented by Bláthnaid Treacy.

The 17th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music. The Prize has become one of the music-industry highlights of the year since its inception in 2005. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums

by a panel of eleven Irish music media professionals and industry experts. The full list of judges is listed on

RAAP and Minding Creative Minds are also official project partners of the RTE Choice Music Prize as are Culture Ireland and First Music Contact (FMC).

Through its funding of FMC’s Music From Ireland programme, Culture Ireland support of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize will be directed towards participant artists, as well as assisting the online RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations”.