The Meteor Music Awards could compete with any music event around the world with its line-up and star-studded audience, comedian Patrick Kielty today claimed.
At the launch of the 2006 Meteor Ireland Music Awards, the host, Kielty, said the acts would be bigger and better than other year’s which saw US rapper Snoop Dogg, The Thrills and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood grace the stage.
“If you look at the Meteor Awards, compared to something like the MTV Awards, if you actually go to the event, it is as big, it is as good, the names and the line-up at it is as good,” the Co Down comedian said.
“A lot of people in Ireland sometimes have this attitude that we are often putting on stuff which is second-rate.”
He added: “I’ve hosted the Meteors, I’ve been to the MTV Awards and we can hold our head up.”
Kielty, who will be hosting the event for the second time in February, said Ireland was capable of attracting the big name acts and holding a major event.
The comedian hinted the headlining act could hail from the R n’ B music world but would not reveal the name of the major act.
“You always get nervous, the last big thing I hosted here was the Special Olympics opening ceremony, and that went live to 900 million and there were 80,000 in Croke Park,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to it, you always get nervous but that is what it is all about.”
Around 17 Meteor music awards will be presented at the awards ceremony which will take place in Dublin’s Point Theatre on Thursday, February 2, 2006.
Music fans will be able to vote for their favourite stars or band in six public categories – including Best Irish DJ and Best Irish Band – while the Hope for 2006 Award will be voted for by 2FM listeners.
The remaining awards will be decided by votes given by representatives of the music industry.
Some of this year’s nominations include U2, The Corrs, Hal and BellX1 for Best Irish Band and Joe Chester, Damien Dempsey and Christy Moore are vying for Best Irish Male.
The entrants in the Best Irish Album category include Dave Couse and the Impossible ’The World Should Know’ and U2 ’How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’, while Humanzi and Delorentos are in the running for the Best Irish New Act.
The Best Irish Pop Act sees X-Factor singers the Conway Sisters, Ronan Keating, former Westlife star Brian McFadden, Tabby, Westlife and Zoo going head to head.
Tickets for the Meteor Awards are available to win through competitions in newspapers, on radio, TV and through texting.
But corporate tickets priced at 100 euro (£70) can be bought and the sales will contribute towards the 100,000 euro (£70,000) donation to the charity chosen by the recipient of the Meteor Humanitarian Award. The music event, now in its sixth year, has contributed 500,000 euro (£350,000) to charity so far.
Kielty, who is currently on a nationwide tour, said the last time he hosted the awards U2 were present and he was hopeful they would make another appearance.
The comedian revealed he may be in for another stint presenting the television programme Celebrity Love Island.
“It is looking like there is a possibility of somebody paying me a huge amount of money to go and lie on a beach for seven weeks,” he joked. “I think they are talking about it.”
He added: “It is a great gig to do, it was quite hard work, people assume that you actually just rock up for an hour in the morning and you have the rest of the day free but I did about an hour and a half on it most mornings.”