Limerick artist Denise Chaila has been awarded RTÉ Choice Music Prize ‘Album of the Year’ this afternoon.
Denise Chaila’s debut ‘Go Bravely’ was among the ten albums shortlisted alongside releases from Fontaines DC, Pillow Queens, and Róisín Murphy.
Chaila said: “This has been a really difficult year for me for so many reasons and I never anticipated as a musician having to deal with race or gender and all these things the way I had to.”
“To stand in my Irishness and say, I’m Irish and I’m going to make music and I’m going to be a rapper. I’m going to do this and I don’t care if nobody has ever done this the way I want to.”
Tracy Clifford presented The RTÉ Choice Music Prize in association with IMRO and IRMA.
The ceremony was simul-cast across RTÉ Player and RTÉ 2FM on Thursday afternoon with pre-recorded performances from Windmill Lane.
Winning artists receive the Choice Music Prize trophy along with ten thousand euro in prize money.
Niall Horan was awarded ‘Song of the Year’ by public vote for his track ‘No Judgement’.
The award for best album was presented live by U2 bassist Adam Clayton.
Chaila’s new single ‘Water’ is set to be released Friday March 5th through independent Limerick label Narolane.
The track also features Limerick musicians God Knows and MurLi, both of which featured heavily on Chaila’s ‘Go Bravely’ mixtape.
Listen to Denise Chaila’s full reaction here:
Photo Credit: Shane Serrano via narolane on Twitter