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06-03-01 news
George Michael for Irish Music Awards?...

Superstar George Michael may now join up with his friends Elton John, Sinead OíConnor and Ronan Keating for a star studded line-up at Dublinís Point Theatre on Friday 16 March 2001 (St. Patrickís weekend) for the Meteor Ireland Music Awards. Rumors on the ShowBiz circuit in Dublin are claiming that the former Wham star has been asked to joined the host of Irish and international celebrities including Emmylou Harris, JJ72, Lisa Stansfield, Ash, Damon Hill, Joe Elliot and Rick Savage of Def Leppard, movie star Matthew McConaughey, singer-songwriter Gabrielle and Altan are just some of the stars set to attend and entertaing guests on the night.

The Meteor Ireland Music Awards will be recorded for television and broadcast world-wide to 100 million people over the festive weekend.

The event will be broadcast nation-wide by RTE on N2 on Sunday 18 March at 8:30pm.

The award sculpture, designed by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, will be presented to the winners of various categories including; Best Selling Irish Album, Best Selling Irish Video, Best Irish Live Act, Critics Album of the Year, Irish Hope for 2001 and Lifetime Award.

It is hoped to raise over £100,000 for the Elton John Aids Foundation and IRMA Trust. No tickets are available for sale however 1000 tickets, courtesy of Meteor, will be available to the public via nationwide competitions on press, radio and TV including The Irish Times and 2FM.

The Meteor Ireland Music Awards will incorporate the IRMAís and Hot Press Awards and are set to become an annual highlight of the music calendar. "Weíre delighted that Meteor has joined forces with IRMA for the Meteor Ireland Music Awards. The awards will celebrate the success of Irish artists at home and abroad and what better time to hold this celebration than on the eve of St. Patrickís Day", commented Chairman IRMA, Freddie Middleton.

The ShowBiz after-show party will take place at Dublinís newly opened Guinness Store House. Further acts and celebrities are to be added to the lineup and will be announced at a later date.

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