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Stars come out in force for Meteor awards

By Wayne Cronin, Showbiz reporter
A HOST of international and Irish celebrities gathered in Dublin last night for the Meteor Ireland Music Awards at the Point Depot.

Big names such as music legend Lionel Richie, Westlife, Queen of the Jungle Kerry McFadden, Coronation Street's Keith Duffy, TV presenter Caroline Morahan, Miss World Rosanna Davison and comedienne Deirdre O'Kane attended.

"It means absolutely everything, I've been doing a lot of work abroad so it's great to be recognised at home. I really didn't expect to win, I was just here for the craic. I would have worn a dress if I had known," joked winner Cara Dillon.

Host Dara O Briain kept the 5,000 screaming fans entertained and they danced to performances by Katie Melua, Lionel Richie, the Counting Crows, the Corrs, Snow Patrol, The Hothouse Flowers, Gerry Fish and the Mud Bug Club and Sugababes.

Honoured on the night were veteran musicians the Dubliners, who were given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Also taking up honorary awards were 2FM DJ Dave Fanning and Sr Stanislaus Kennedy who won the humanitarian award and was presented with €100,000 for charity.

Ryan Tubridy won the award for best Irish DJ.

After the ceremony many of the stars attended the official invite-only after-show party in the trendy Spirit Nightclub. For those who didn't get tickets, the Meteor Ireland Music Awards will be televised tomorrow at 9pm on Network 2.

Irish:

Best Irish Radio DJ: Ryan Tubridy.
Best Irish Band: The Frames.
Best Irish Pop Act: Westlife.
Best Irish Album: So Much For The City, The Thrills.
Best Irish Female: Cara Dillon.
Best Irish Male: Paddy Casey.
Best Folk/ Traditional Act; Damien Dempsey.
Best Irish Country/Roots Artist: Damien Dempsey.
Best Irish New Act: The Future Kings of Spain.
Hope For 2004: Republic of Loose.
Industry Award: Dave Fanning.
Lifetime Achievement Award: The Dubliners.

International:

Best Female: Beyonce.
Best Male: Justin Timberlake.
Best Group: The Darkness.
Best Album: Elephant, The White Stripes.
Best Live Performance: Red Hot Chili Peppers at Slane.
Humanitarian Award: Sr Stanislaus Kennedy.