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19-03-01 news
Corrs Forgotten at Irish Music Awards...

Lead by the Irish comedian Ed Byrne the re-vamped Meteor Irish Music Awards kicked off on Friday night in Dublinís Point Theatre. It was a night for the cream of the Irish entertainment industry were out in force except for Dundalk supergroup The Corrs who were the only major Irish act not to pick up one single award.

Irish supergroup U2 picked up three awards while Ronan Keating, Westlife and Samantha Mumba all picked up one. The Corrs were only nominated for one award but lost out to U2.

David Gray

Starting procedures in the Point on Friday night were Hollywood star Jason Patric (star of Speed 2 and Rush) and Irish actress Flora Montgomery who presented Ronan Keating with the award for Best International male award.

Jason Patric and Flora Montgomery

This was followed by a performance of "This Years Love" by David Gray. Speaking to exclusivly the couple said they were really looking forward to performing in Dublin's Gate Theatre from next week when the couple take to the stage in a showing of the play "Bash."

Atomic Kitten

Next up was Best International Dance act which was won by the English group Morcheeba who also performed. This was followed later in the evening by performances by Sinead OíConnor, JJ72, Atomic Kitten, Gabrielle, Ash and Emmylou Harris.


The performance of the night came from the legend Elton John who sang his hit "Your Song" with Ronan Keating and whose charity, the Elton John Aids Foundation, were the main benefactors of the night as well as the IRMA trust.

Other winners on the night included DJ Mark McCabe who won an Irish male award leaving Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham and Paul Brady to lick their wounds.

The young Dubliner was also celebrating after sighing a six album deal earlier on Friday with Universal records.

The Best Newcomer award went to the young Irish band JJ72 who took time out in the press room to criticise Westlife saying "if a Westlife CD is all the imagination and 11 year old has I donít know what happening."

Best International songwriter went to Welsh singer David Gray, the Lifetime achievement award went to Christy Moore while the contribution to Irish Music award went to Boyzone, Westlife and Samantha Mumba manager Louis Walsh. Walsh took his time in the press room to criticise certain bands who have attacked his acts in the past and also took time to attack Hot Press magazine and those he called "journalists who were mostly failed rock managers and artists."

This was followed by U2 who picked up the Best Irish band award which was picked up by boxer Steve Collins as the band are currently in America.

Elton John also picked up an Humanitarian Award for his work for charities connected with AIDS.

Best Irish Songwriting award went to Bono and The Edge from U2. Best Female went to Sharron Shannon, Best International Album for a male went to David Gray, Best International Female went to Whitney Houston, Best selling Irish female went to Samantha Mumba who was unable to pick up her award in person as she is in LA making her first film role in the new Stephen Spielberg film, The Time Machine.

Best International album went to The Beatles while the Best International single for a male went to Eminem for "Stan".

This was followed by the Best International single for a female which went to Leann Rimes and the Best Group single went to the Bloodhound Gang for "The Bad Touch."

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