Meteor Music Awards

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 were bestowed upon worthy recipients was referred to colloquially as The Meteors, though occasionally also by its full title.

Meteor Award
Awarded forAchievements in the Irish and international record industry
Sponsored byMeteor Mobile
VenuePoint Theatre, Dublin (2001–2007)
RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin (2008–2010)
First awarded2001 (2001)
Last awarded21 February 2010 (2010-02-21)
Most awardsU2
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Example of a Meteor Award

Event organisers confirmed in January 2011 that there would be no awards ceremony that year, with Meteor's cancellation of its sponsorship of the event widely blamed for this abrupt occurrence.[1][2]


The Meteor Ireland Music Awards were the equivalent to the Canada's Juno Awards, the United States Grammy Awards,[3] 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.

Originally held in the Point Theatre in Dublin, in 2008 the award ceremony moved to the RDS Simmonscourt of the Royal Dublin Society until its end in 2011.

Past awardsEdit

Recipients by yearEdit

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

Irish awardsEdit

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 awardsEdit

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 yearEdit

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". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 10 January 2011. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  2. ^ O'Connell, Siobhán (24 February 2011). "Loyalty to Irish newspapers still evident". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. 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. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  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. Retrieved 14 March 2009. Archived 1 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b c 2001 Winners Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. IRMA. Retrieved 14 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Farrell to appear at Meteor Awards". 28 February 2004. Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
  7. ^ "Meteor Awards winners announced". 1 March 2004. Archived from the original on 18 February 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
  8. ^ a b c "Meteor Music Awards nominations announced". RTÉ Arts. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 11 January 2005. Retrieved 14 March 2009.
  9. ^ a b c "Three wins for U2 at Meteor Awards". RTÉ Arts. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 14 December 2007.
  10. ^ "Meteor Award nominations announced". RTÉ Arts. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 23 November 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
  11. ^ a b "Snow Patrol steal the limelight from top acts". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
  12. ^ "Snow Patrol win four Meteor awards". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2007.
  13. ^ "Home". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 4 February 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2008.
  14. ^ a b "Stars out for the Meteors". RTÉ Arts. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2008.
  15. ^ a b c "2009 Meteor Awards to be held St Patrick's Day at RDS". The Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
  16. ^ "Top accolade for The Script". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  17. ^ "Sharon Shannon to receive major award". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  18. ^ "Guest presenters join Meteors line-up". Hot Press. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
  19. ^ a b c "All-star lineup announced for Meteors". RTÉ Arts. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  20. ^ "Kennedy to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Meteors". Hot Press. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  21. ^ "Mount Charles lands music industry gong". Hot Press. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010.

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