If there's one thing you can say about the Choice Music Prize, it never fails to surprise.
Last night, an independently-released hip-hop album beat off competition from the likes of Lisa Hannigan, James Vincent McMorrow, The Divine Comedy and All Tvvins to scoop the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2016. It is the first hip-hop album to have won the award.
The Clare/Limerick trio's emotional and heartfelt victory speech paid tribute to the people who had supported them unfailingly over the years. 'Ye guys made us," said one of the MCs, Godknows Jonas, adding that one of their main goals when making the record was to be accepted as musicians.
Although their victory was a surprise, the general consensus was that 'Let the Dead Bury the Dead' was a worthy winner.
See the Twitter reaction below:
— RTÉ Choice Music (@choiceprize) March 9, 2017
— Alan Owens (@alanowens_limk) March 10, 2017
— Other Voices (@OtherVoicesLive) March 9, 2017
Sometimes the right people take home the prize. @RusanganoFamily richly deserve the Choice prize. The hardest working-class heroes around
— DonalDineen's Parish (@dineensparish) March 10, 2017
— Graham Keogh (@grahamkeogh) March 10, 2017
congrats to @RusanganoFamily tonight, some of the loveliest people i've ever met in the Irish music business.
— JamesVincentMcMorrow (@jamesvmcmorrow) March 10, 2017
— Stevie G (@StevieGrainger) March 9, 2017
— ThePointOfEverything (@TPOEblog) March 9, 2017
To go from Zimbabwe and Togo, to making Ireland's best album. This win for Limerick's @RusanganoFamily is a special one. Beautiful.
— Fintan Walsh (@FintanYTWalsh) March 9, 2017
— RTÉ (@rte) March 9, 2017
— The Divine Comedy (@divinecomedyhq) March 9, 2017
— Mark Whelan (@MarkPeterWhelan) March 10, 2017
Congrats lads @RusanganoFamily! Icing on the cake of a great year, and the perfect start to another. Well done! ðŸ'ŠðŸ'Š
— MichaelCarr (@MichaelBMPR) March 10, 2017
— AoifePotter-Cogan (@aoifepc) March 10, 2017
— Ryan Vail (@ryan_vail) March 10, 2017