Stars to turn out for Meteor Awards

The stars of Ireland’s music industry are expected to turn out in Dublin’s Point Theatre tonight for the Meteor Music Awards.

The stars of Ireland’s music industry are expected to turn out in Dublin’s Point Theatre tonight for the Meteor Music Awards.

Comedian Deirdre O’Kane has joined forces with television’s bachelor brothers Podge and Rodge to present the ceremony at which 18 awards will be given out.

The line-up for the event has hotted up with rockers The Feeling, joining the Pussycat Dolls, Amy Winehouse, Kaiser Chiefs, Director, The Blizzards as well as Westlife and Ronan Keating.

Six of the awards were chosen by the public.

Radio veteran Larry Gogan is to be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the event. The award is being presented in recognition of his contribution to Irish music and his relentless support of up-and-coming acts alongside established.

Paul Brady, director of The Belvedere Youth Club, will be presented with the Meteor Ireland Music Awards Humanitarian Award together with a cheque for €100,000.

Previous recipients of the Humanitarian Award and donations are Elton John, Christina Noble, Bono, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy and Adi Roche and Fr Peter McVerry.

Celtic music stars Clannad will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement. The band, fronted by Moya Brennan, have sold more than ten million albums worldwide.

Moya has also been nominated for Best Irish Female Award for her recent solo album Signature. Nominees announced for the awards include Arctic Monkeys, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, The Killers and The Scissor Sisters.

Irish talent up for awards include The Frames, Damien Dempsey and David Kitt.

Radio stars up for Best Irish DJ include Today FM’s Alison Curtis, Ray D’Arcy, Ian Dempsey and Tom Dunne, while they face competition from Nikki Hayes and Rick O’Shea.

The Frames, Humanzi and Snow Patrol will be going head to head for Best Irish Band.

The Best Irish Female category will see competition between Moya Brennan, Cara Dillon, Eleanor McEvoy, Luan Parle and Ann Scott.

Last year celebrities including Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Stephen Rea, Liam Cunningham, Keith Duffy, Gavin Friday and Kerry Katona presented awards.

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