O'Briain to host 2008 Meteor Awards

The Meteor Ireland Music Awards 2008 was launched today, and will be held in the RDS Dublin on Friday February 15, 2008.

The Meteor Ireland Music Awards 2008 was launched today, and will be held in the RDS Dublin on Friday February 15, 2008.

The star-studded music spectacular, now in its eighth year, will see the return of Irish comedian Dara O’Briain who will host the upcoming Meteors.

The 2008 awards show also sees the introduction of a new category ‘Best Regional DJ’, an award that recognises the wealth of talent from DJ’s in regional radio stations through the country.

The most anticipated TV event on the Irish music calendar will be aired on Saturday February 16 on RTE Two. Host Dara O’Briain will be joined by a calibre of artists from the music industry and various celebrities to celebrate the best in music both home grown and international.

Nineteen Meteor awards will be up for grabs and music fans will be able to let their fingers do the voting with more categories than ever up for public vote. The public will have the chance to have their say in the following 8 categories:

Best National D.J.

- Best Regional D.J.

- Best Irish Band

- Best Irish Male

- Best Irish Female

- Best Irish Pop Act

- Best Irish Album

- Best Irish Live Performance

The 'Hope for 2008' award will be voted for by 2FM listeners while the remaining awards apart from the 'Most Downloaded Song' which will be decided by votes cast by representatives of the Irish music industry.

Speaking at the launch, Meteor’s Head of Marketing Communications Meadhbh Quinn said, “As a growing brand with 908,000 customers Meteor has a strong association with music. The Meteor Ireland Music Awards not only recognise established artists but also up and coming talent who are making their significant mark on the Irish music industry.”

She added, “One of the best aspects of the awards is that the public have the opportunity to vote from eight popular categories for the artists that they feel deserve to be recognised”.

A limited number of tickets for the Meteor Ireland Music Awards go on sale from December 4 and are available from Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Tickets cost €40 each including booking fee.

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