Meteor Music Awards

Meteor Music Awards
Meteor Award
2010 Meteor Awards
Awarded for Achievements in the Irish and international record industry
Location Point Theatre, Dublin (2001–2007)
RDS, Dublin (2008–present)
Country Ireland
First awarded 2001
Official website

The Meteor Ireland Music Awards (referred to colloquially as "The Meteors", though occasionally referred to by its full title) are a group of music awards in Ireland. Apart from 2011, they have been held every year since 2001, replacing the IRMA Ireland Music Awards held in the 1990s, and are promoted by MCD Productions.

Event organisers confirmed in January 2011 that there would be no awards show that year[1] because Meteor cancelled its sponsorship of the event.[2]



Example of a Meteor Award

The Meteor Ireland Music Awards are the equivalent to the Canada's Juno Award's, the United States Grammy Awards,[3] the Echo Awards in Germany and the United Kingdoms BRIT Awards. The awards take their name from their sponsors, Meteor.

Each year there is a mix of live performances and award presentations at a ceremony conducted in the Point Theatre, Dublin (2001–2007) and the RDS, Dublin (2008–present). Irish artists to have showcased their music include Snow Patrol, Sinéad O'Connor, U2, Bell X1, Aslan, Westlife, The Blizzards, The Frames, The Coronas, Director, Hothouse Flowers, Cathy Davey, The Devlins, The Thrills, Paddy Casey and The Immediate, whilst previous live performances by international artists have included the Pussycat Dolls, Amy Winehouse, Sugababes, Counting Crows, The Darkness, Kaiser Chiefs, Lionel Richie and Tom Jones.

Those to have presented awards to recipients include both Irish and international figures from music, sport, film, television and beauty, such as Joe Elliott, Denis Hickie, Colin Farrell, Alex Zane and Rosanna Davison. The award ceremony has been hosted by a number of different personalities throughout its history; these include Ed Byrne, Patrick Kielty, Amanda Byram, Podge and Rodge alongside Deirdre O'Kane and Dara Ó Briain, who has performed the role on at least three occasions, most recently in 2008.

Originally held in the Point Theatre in Dublin, in 2008 the award ceremony moved to the Royal Dublin Society.

Past awards

Recipients by year

A list of winners is to be found on the Meteor website.[4]

Irish awards

Year Male Female Band Album Live Performance Pop Act New Act Lifetime Achievement Award
2001 Ronan Keating Sharon Shannon U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind U2 Westlife JJ72 Christy Moore
2002 David Kitt Samantha Mumba U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind - Westlife The Revs Paul McGuinness
2003 Mundy Carly Hennessy U2 Skylarkin' - Westlife The Thrills Bob Geldof
2004 Paddy Casey Cara Dillon The Frames So Much for the City - Westlife Future Kings of Spain The Dubliners
2005 Paddy Casey Juliet Turner Snow Patrol Final Straw - Westlife The Chalets Aslan
2006 Damien Dempsey Gemma Hayes U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb U2 Westlife Humanzi The Pogues
2007 Damien Dempsey Luan Parle Snow Patrol Eyes Open Snow Patrol Westlife Director Clannad
2008 Duke Special Cathy Davey Aslan Addicted to Company The Blizzards Westlife - The Saw Doctors
2009 Mick Flannery Imelda May The Script The Script The Blizzards Westlife - Sharon Shannon
2010 Christy Moore Wallis Bird Snow Patrol Tony Was An Ex-Con The Script Westlife Amasis Brian Kennedy

International awards

Year Male Female Band Album Live Performance
2001 David Gray Whitney Houston - White Ladder n/a
2002 Robbie Williams Dido Stereophonics Is This It Red Hot Chili Peppers
2003 Eminem Avril Lavigne Coldplay By the Way Red Hot Chili Peppers
2004 Justin Timberlake Beyoncé The Darkness Elephant Red Hot Chili Peppers
2005 Morrissey PJ Harvey Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand The Killers
2006 Kanye West Gwen Stefani Kaiser Chiefs Employment n/a
2007 Justin Timberlake Lily Allen Scissor Sisters Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not n/a
2008 Bruce Springsteen Amy Winehouse Arcade Fire Neon Bible Muse
2009 James Morrison Duffy Elbow Only by the Night Leonard Cohen
2010 Michael Bublé Lady GaGa Florence and the Machine Sunny Side Up Leonard Cohen

Award ceremonies by year

Ceremony Date Venue Broadcast date Host Best Irish Band Lifetime Achievement Industry Award
2001 Point Theatre, Dublin U2[5] Christy Moore[5] Louis Walsh[5]
2002 Point Theatre, Dublin U2 Paul McGuinness n/a
2003 Point Theatre, Dublin[6] Dara Ó Briain U2[4] Bob Geldof[4] Phil Coulter[4]
2004 1 March 2004 Point Theatre, Dublin 3 March 2004, 21:00[7] Dara Ó Briain The Frames[4] The Dubliners[4] Dave Fanning[4]
2005 24 February 2005[8] Point Theatre, Dublin[8] Ed Byrne[8] Snow Patrol[4] Aslan[4] John Hughes[4]
2006 2 February 2006[9] Point Theatre, Dublin[9] 5 February 2006, 21:00[9] Patrick Kielty[10] U2[4] The Pogues[4] Bill Whelan[4]
2007 1 February 2007[11] Point Theatre, Dublin[12] 4 February 2007, 21:00[13] Deirdre O'Kane & Podge and Rodge[11] Snow Patrol[4] Clannad[4] Larry Gogan[4]
2008 15 February 2008[14] RDS, Dublin 16 February 2008, 21:00 Dara Ó Briain Aslan[4] The Saw Doctors[4] Jim Aiken[14]
2009 17 March 2009[15] RDS, Dublin[15] 18 March 2009, 21:00 Amanda Byram[15] The Script[16] Sharon Shannon[17] Niall Stokes[18]
2010 19 February 2010[19] RDS, Dublin[19] 21 February 2010, 21.00 Amanda Byram[19] Snow Patrol Brian Kennedy[20] Henry Mountcharles [21]


  1. ^ "Meteor Awards cancelled for 2011". RTE. 2011-1-10. Retrieved 2011-1-10. 
  2. ^ O'Connell, Siobhán (24 February 2011). "Loyalty to Irish newspapers still evident". The Irish Times. Retrieved 24 February 2011. "There are no Meteor Music Awards this year after the mobile phone operator decided to cease sponsoring the event. However, the brand, which is 10 years old, says the awards will return in 2012, with Meteor as the primary sponsor. The televised awards were Meteor's most visible sponsorship and tied in with the company's strategy of recruiting younger customers." 
  3. ^ "Irish singer Imelda May performs on Grammys". Taiwan News. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Meteor Ireland Music Awards Past Winners. Meteor. Accessed 14 March 2009.
  5. ^ a b c 2001 Winners. IRMA. Accessed 14 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Farrell to appear at Meteor Awards". 2004-02-28. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  7. ^ "Meteor Awards winners announced". 2004-03-01. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  8. ^ a b c "Meteor Music Awards nominations announced". RTÉ. 2005-01-11. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  9. ^ a b c "Three wins for U2 at Meteor Awards". RTÉ. 2006-02-03. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  10. ^ "Meteor Award nominations announced". RTÉ. 2005-11-23. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  11. ^ a b "Snow Patrol steal the limelight from top acts". Irish Independent. 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  12. ^ "Snow Patrol win four Meteor awards". The Irish Times. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  13. ^ "Home". RTÉ. 2007-02-04. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  14. ^ a b "Stars out for the Meteors". RTÉ. 2008-02-16. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  15. ^ a b c "2009 Meteor Awards to be held St Patrick's Day at RDS". The Belfast Telegraph. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  16. ^ "Top accolade for The Script". The Irish Times. 2009-03-17. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  17. ^ "Sharon Shannon to receive major award". The Irish Times. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  18. ^ "Guest presenters join Meteors line-up". Hot Press. 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  19. ^ a b c "All-star lineup announced for Meteors". RTÉ. 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  20. ^ "Kennedy to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Meteors". Hot Press. 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  21. ^ "Mount Charles lands music industry gong". Hot Press. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 

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