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The Meteor Ireland Music Awards (referred to colloquially as "The Meteors", though occasionally referred to by its full title) are the national music awards of Irelandmarker. They have been held every year since 2001 and are promoted by MCD Productions. The Meteors are the equivalent to the United Kingdommarker's BRIT Awards, Canadamarker's Juno Awards, and the Grammy Awards in the United Statesmarker. The awards take their name from their sponsors, Ireland's third most popular mobile phone company, Meteor.

Each year there is a mix of live performances and award presentations at a ceremony conducted in the Point Theatremarker, Dublinmarker (2001–2007) and the RDSmarker, Dublinmarker (2008–present). Irish artists to have showcased their music include Snow Patrol, Sinéad O'Connor, 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 Pointmarker in Dublinmarker, in 2008 the award ceremony transported to the RDSmarker. The 2009 nominations were announced on 28 January 2009, with the awards ceremony taking place at the RDS on 17 March 2009.

Recent awards

Recipients by year

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

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

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 Radiohead Neon Bible Muse
2009 James Morrison Duffy Elbow Only by the Night Leonard Cohen

Award ceremonies by year

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


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