U2 today led the way in the nominations for one of the Irish record industry’s top awards.
The group will be hoping to add to their collection of Grammys after receiving six nominations in the Hot Press’ Irish Music Awards.
In what is being billed as a star-studded ceremony in Belfast next month, U2 will be battling The Corrs and Ash and fellow Irish act, The Frames for Best Band.
They will also challenge Ash in the Best Single and Best Rock Gig by an Irish Artist categories.
Bono has also been nominated for the Best Male Singer against former Boyzone member, Ronan Keating and will be challenged for the title of Best Songwriter by Neil Hannon, whose band The Divine Comedy split up last year and by folk legend, Christy Moore.
U2 guitarist, The Edge will battle for the Best Musician award.
Ash have received four nominations including Best Album.
Up and coming singer-songwriter David Kitt has secured four nominations for Best Album, Best Single, Best Male Singer and Best Songwriter as have The Frames whose lead singer, Glen Hansard was one of the stars of the Alan Parker movie The Commitments.
The Corrs have four nominations - Best Band, Best Pop Artist, Andrea Corr for Best Female Singer and Sharon Corr for Best Musician.
Westlife and Oscar-nominated Enya have one nomination apiece.
In one of the more intriguing categories, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, David Gray and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers will be vying for the award for Best Live Gig for an international act.
The nominations for the Hot Press Irish Music Awards in Belfast on April 25 are as follows:
:: Best Male Singer - David Kitt, Bono, Ronan Keating, Mark Greaney of JJ72.
:: Best Female Singer - Andrea Corr, Juliet Turner, Gemma Hayes, Samantha Mumba.
:: Best Band - Ash, U2, The Frames, The Corrs.
:: The Phil Lynott Newcomer Award - The Revs, Relish, Damien Rice, Mealton.
:: Best Album - Ash for Free All Angels; David Kitt for The Big Romance; The Frames for For The Birds; Snow Patrol for When It’s All Over We Still Have to Clean Up.
:: Best Single - Ash for Shining Light; U2 for Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of; David Kitt for You Know What I Want to Know; The Frames for Lay Me Down.
:: Best Pop Artist - Samantha Mumba, Westlife, The Corrs, Ronan Keating.
:: Best Roots - Dervish, Cara Dillon, Kila, Enya.
:: Best Songwriter - Bono, Neil Hannon, David Kitt, Christy Moore.
:: The Rory Gallagher Musician Award - Caroline Corr, The Edge, Glen Hansard, Declan Sinnott.
:: Best Live Gig by an Irish Act - Ash at the Witnness Festival, Paul Brady at Vicar Street in Dublin, U2 at Slane, The Divine Comedy at the Mandela Hall in Belfast.
:: Best Live Gig by an International Act - David Gray at Marley Park, Radiohead at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Bob Dylan at Nowlan Park and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Slane.
:: Dance Award - Phil Kieran, First Born, Decal, Mr Spring.
:: Industry Award - John Hughes, David Holmes, Pat McCarthy (producer of REM), Dave Fanning.