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|Awarded for||Achievements in the Irish and international record industry|
|Sponsored by||Meteor Mobile|
|Venue||Point Theatre, Dublin (2001–2007)|
RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin (2008–2010)
|Last awarded||February 21, 2010|
A Meteor Ireland Music Award was an accolade bestowed upon professionals in the music industry in Ireland and further afield. They had been bestowed each year since 2001, replacing the IRMA Ireland Music Awards held in the 1990s. Promoted by MCD Productions, the ceremony at which these accolades are bestowed upon worthy recipients was referred to colloquially as The Meteors, though occasionally also by its full title.
The Meteor Ireland Music Awards were the equivalent to the Canada's Juno Awards, the United States Grammy Awards, the Echo Awards in Germany and the United Kingdom's BRIT Awards. The awards take their name from their sponsors, Meteor.
Each year there was 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 included 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 included 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 had been hosted by a number of different personalities throughout its history; these included 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.
A list of winners is to be found on the Meteor website.
|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|
|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|
|Ceremony||Date||Venue||Broadcast date||Host||Best Irish Band||Lifetime Achievement||Industry Award|
|2001||Point Theatre, Dublin||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||RDS, Dublin||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|
|2010||19 February 2010||RDS, Dublin||21 February 2010, 21.00||Amanda Byram||Snow Patrol||Brian Kennedy||Henry Mountcharles|
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.
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