The Meteor Ireland Music Awards were held last night in the RDS in Dublin. Celebrities who graced the ‘orange’ carpeted included Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh and Gerry Ryan. Speaking about their nomination for their tenth Best Irish Pop Act, Westlife’s Mark commented that he hoped Ireland could one day produced another boy band that may rival their talents, but for the moment they are happy to remain on top. What a relief, hopefully Louis Walsh will jump right on that, once he’s finalised the purchase of Sinitta’s new house in Wicklow of course. The delighted ‘rising star’ let the transaction details slip last night, almost forgetting the name of the county in which she’ll be living in her gift house. Disappointingly Lucan rascals Jedward didn’t come through on their rumored appearance but one lady who did lighten up the orange carpet was Wallis Bird, the deserving winner of the Best Irish Female award. Wallis won last year’s Most Promising New Act. She is due to start touring in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for that. Stopping for a chat with meg Wallis laughed at the thought of who she was wearing and instead drew attention to her ‘scruffy shoes’ saying she wasn’t one to be concerned with appearance. Thumbs up Wallis.
Katherine Lynch happily performed a quick version of All The Single Ladies on the carpet, while Brian Kennedy refused a request to give a few bars. Gerry Ryan discussed his weight and some rugby player’s wife talked about being a new mum. A visibly awkward and quirky Neil Hannon didn’t stop to talk for long whereas some acts, such as Promising New Act winners Amasis had to be practically dragged away from the flashing lights and cameras. Dizzy Rascal and Florence and The Machine made a surprise appearance, as did Colin Farrell although Farrell didn’t do an orange carpet entrance.
Meteor presented an Industry Award to Lord Henry Mount Charles for his contribution over the past 30 years. Slane Castle has hosted major stars such as Thin Lizzy, The Rolling Stones, Queen and David Bowie, although Lord Henry was keeping stum about who might be playing the Castle in 2010. Brian Kennedy received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Best Radio DJ – National: Ray Foley, Today FM
Best Radio DJ – Regional: Leigh Doyle, Beat FM
Best Irish Band: Snow Patrol
Best Irish Pop Act: Westlife
Best Irish Album: Tony Was An Ex-Con by The Coronas
Best Irish Female: Wallis Bird
Best Irish Male: Christy Moore
Best Irish Live Performance: The Script
Most Promising New Act 2010: Amasis
Best Traditional / Folk: Sharon Shannon
Best International Album: Sunny Side Up by Paolo Nutini
Best International Band: Florence & The Machine
Best International Live Performance: Leonard Cohen
Best International Female: Lady Gaga
Best International Male: Michael Buble
Lifetime Achievement Award: Brian Kennedy
Industry Award: Lord Henry Mount Charles
Humanitarian Award: Niall Mellon
Here’s some pictures: