Four-gong conclusion for Snow Patrol at Meteors

NORTHERN Ireland band Snow Patrol swept the boards at the star-studded Meteor Ireland Music Awards last night as they strutted away from Dublin’s Point Theatre with four gongs.

The band, fronted by Gary Lightbody, fought off competition from the Divine Comedy, The Frames and Humanzi to claim the Best Irish Band accolade at the seventh Meteor Awards.

But the attention was not all on the awards being handed over as bands including rockers The Feeling, Pussycat Dolls, Amy Winehouse, Kaiser Chiefs,Director, The Blizzards, as well as Westlife and Ronan Keating, set the venue hopping.

Presenter, comedian Deirdre O’Kane, donned a showgirl outfit as she entertained the packed Point Theatre, along with television’s bachelor brothers Podge and Rodge. Screams drowned out the presenters as Kaiser Chiefs, performing Ruby, were the first band to rock the stage.

After her performance, Amy Winehouse, dressed in a black and red busty dress with her long black hair piled up on top of her head, said: “I might go sayhello to the Kaiser Chiefs. I don’t get to go home much at the moment and the Kaiser Chiefs remind me of Camden.”

Homegrown favourites Westlife scored for a seventh year in a row as they walked away with the Best Irish Pop Act.

The boy band strolled down the red carpet accompanied by their wives and partners, including the Taoiseach’s daughter Georgina Ahern and Hollyoaks star Jodie Albert, who donned a low-cut burnt-gold Gucci dress for the occasion.

Snow Patrol, who are due to tour Europe, Australia and New Zealand beforereturning to North America, also secured the public’s vote in the Best Live Performance category. They went on to win Best Irish Album for Eyes Open and the Most Downloaded Irish Song award.

Lightbody said: “We spent most of this year in the States as we are doingvery well over there. The only time we are going to play in Ireland this year isOxegen so we are really looking forward to that.”

The band has broken into the US market with Eyes Open selling more than a million copies.

The rockers are giving 10% of royalties from sales of Open Your Eyes to a major Save the Children campaign. Their record label, Polydor, has agreed to match the donation.

The song, which featured in the first episode of the new series of hit US dramaER, is out in Britain and Ireland on February 12.

Today FM’s Ray D’Arcy took the Best DJ award for the third time.

Miss Ireland Sarah Morrissey and TV comedian PJ Gallagher presented boxer Damien Dempsey with his award for Best Irish Male.

The sultry tones of Luan Parle ensured she walked away with the Best IrishFemale award.

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