Meteor Music Awards

A Meteor Ireland Music Award was an accolade bestowed upon professionals in the music industry in Ireland and further afield. They had been bestowed each year since 2001, replacing the IRMA Ireland Music Awards held in the 1990s. Promoted by MCD Productions, the ceremony at which these accolades are bestowed upon worthy recipients was referred to colloquially as The Meteors, though occasionally also by its full title.

Meteor Award
Awarded forAchievements in the Irish and international record industry
Sponsored byMeteor Mobile
VenuePoint Theatre, Dublin (20012007)
RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin (20082010)
CountryIreland
First awarded2001 (2001)
Last awardedFebruary 21, 2010 (2010-02-21)
Most awardsU2
Websitehttp://meteormusicawards.meteor.ie 

Event organisers confirmed in January 2011 that there would be no awards ceremony that year, with Meteor's cancellation of its sponsorship of the event widely blamed for this abrupt occurrence.[1][2]

History

The Meteor Ireland Music Awards were the equivalent to the Canada's Juno Awards, the United States Grammy Awards,[3] the Echo Awards in Germany and the United Kingdom's BRIT Awards. The awards take their name from their sponsors, Meteor.

Each year there was a mix of live performances and award presentations at a ceremony conducted in the Point Theatre, Dublin (20012007) and the RDS, Dublin (2008present). Irish artists to have showcased their music included Snow Patrol, Sinéad O'Connor, U2, Bell X1, Aslan, Westlife, The Blizzards, The Frames, The Coronas, Director, Hothouse Flowers, Cathy Davey, The Devlins, The Thrills, Paddy Casey and The Immediate, whilst previous live performances by international artists have included the Pussycat Dolls, Amy Winehouse, Sugababes, Counting Crows, The Darkness, Kaiser Chiefs, Lionel Richie and Tom Jones.

Those to have presented awards to recipients included both Irish and international figures from music, sport, film, television and beauty, such as Joe Elliott, Denis Hickie, Colin Farrell, Alex Zane and Rosanna Davison. The award ceremony had been hosted by a number of different personalities throughout its history; these included Ed Byrne, Patrick Kielty, Amanda Byram, Podge and Rodge alongside Deirdre O'Kane and Dara Ó Briain, who has performed the role on at least three occasions, most recently in 2008.

Originally held in the Point Theatre in Dublin, in 2008 the award ceremony moved to the RDS Simmonscourt of the Royal Dublin Society until its end in 2011.

Past awards

Recipients by year

A list of winners is to be found on the Meteor website.[4]

Irish awards

YearMaleFemaleBandAlbumLive PerformancePop ActNew ActLifetime Achievement Award
2001Ronan KeatingSharon ShannonU2All That You Can't Leave BehindU2WestlifeJJ72Christy Moore
2002David KittSamantha MumbaU2All That You Can't Leave BehindWestlifeThe RevsPaul McGuinness
2003MundyCarly HennessyU2Skylarkin'WestlifeThe ThrillsBob Geldof
2004Paddy CaseyCara DillonThe FramesSo Much for the CityWestlifeFuture Kings of SpainThe Dubliners
2005Paddy CaseyJuliet TurnerSnow PatrolFinal StrawWestlifeThe ChaletsAslan
2006Damien DempseyGemma HayesU2How to Dismantle an Atomic BombU2WestlifeHumanziThe Pogues
2007Damien DempseyLuan ParleSnow PatrolEyes OpenSnow PatrolWestlifeDirectorClannad
2008Duke SpecialCathy DaveyAslanAddicted to CompanyThe BlizzardsWestlifeThe Saw Doctors
2009Mick FlanneryImelda MayThe ScriptThe ScriptThe BlizzardsWestlifeSharon Shannon
2010Christy MooreWallis BirdSnow PatrolTony Was An Ex-ConThe ScriptWestlifeAmasisBrian Kennedy

International awards

YearMaleFemaleBandAlbumLive Performance
2001David GrayWhitney HoustonWhite Laddern/a
2002Robbie WilliamsDidoStereophonicsIs This ItRed Hot Chili Peppers
2003EminemAvril LavigneColdplayBy the WayRed Hot Chili Peppers
2004Justin TimberlakeBeyoncéThe DarknessElephantRed Hot Chili Peppers
2005MorrisseyPJ HarveyFranz FerdinandFranz FerdinandThe Killers
2006Kanye WestGwen StefaniKaiser ChiefsEmploymentn/a
2007Justin TimberlakeLily AllenScissor SistersWhatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Notn/a
2008Bruce SpringsteenAmy WinehouseArcade FireNeon BibleMuse
2009James MorrisonDuffyElbowOnly by the NightLeonard Cohen
2010Michael BubléLady GagaFlorence and the MachineSunny Side UpLeonard Cohen

Award ceremonies by year

Ceremony Date Venue Broadcast date Host Best Irish Band Lifetime Achievement Industry Award
2001Point Theatre, DublinU2[5]Christy Moore[5]Louis Walsh[5]
2002Point Theatre, DublinU2Paul McGuinnessn/a
2003Point Theatre, Dublin[6]Dara Ó BriainU2[4]Bob Geldof[4]Phil Coulter[4]
20041 March 2004Point Theatre, Dublin3 March 2004, 21:00[7]Dara Ó BriainThe Frames[4]The Dubliners[4]Dave Fanning[4]
200524 February 2005[8]Point Theatre, Dublin[8]Ed Byrne[8]Snow Patrol[4]Aslan[4]John Hughes[4]
20062 February 2006[9]Point Theatre, Dublin[9]5 February 2006, 21:00[9]Patrick Kielty[10]U2[4]The Pogues[4]Bill Whelan[4]
20071 February 2007[11]Point Theatre, Dublin[12]4 February 2007, 21:00[13]Deirdre O'Kane & Podge and Rodge[11]Snow Patrol[4]Clannad[4]Larry Gogan[4]
200815 February 2008[14]RDS, Dublin16 February 2008, 21:00Dara Ó BriainAslan[4]The Saw Doctors[4]Jim Aiken[14]
200917 March 2009[15]RDS, Dublin[15]18 March 2009, 21:00Amanda Byram[15]The Script[16]Sharon Shannon[17]Niall Stokes[18]
201019 February 2010[19]RDS, Dublin[19]21 February 2010, 21.00Amanda Byram[19]Snow PatrolBrian Kennedy[20]Henry Mountcharles[21]

References

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  2. O'Connell, Siobhán (24 February 2011). "Loyalty to Irish newspapers still evident". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. Retrieved 24 February 2011. There are no Meteor Music Awards this year after the mobile phone operator decided to cease sponsoring the event. However, the brand, which is 10 years old, says the awards will return in 2012, with Meteor as the primary sponsor. The televised awards were Meteor's most visible sponsorship and tied in with the company's strategy of recruiting younger customers.
  3. "Irish singer Imelda May performs on Grammys". Taiwan News. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
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  10. "Meteor Award nominations announced". RTÉ Arts. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 23 November 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
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  16. "Top accolade for The Script". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  17. "Sharon Shannon to receive major award". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  18. "Guest presenters join Meteors line-up". Hot Press. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
  19. "All-star lineup announced for Meteors". RTÉ Arts. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  20. "Kennedy to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Meteors". Hot Press. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  21. "Mount Charles lands music industry gong". Hot Press. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
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