Meteor Music Awards

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Meteor Award
Awarded for Achievements in the Irish and international record industry
Sponsored by Meteor Mobile
Venue Point Theatre, Dublin (20012007)
RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin (20082010)
Country Ireland
First awarded 2001 (2001)
Last awarded February 21, 2010 (2010-02-21)
Most awards U2
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Example of a Meteor Award Mark McCabe Meteor Awards.jpg
Example of a Meteor Award

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.

Music industry companies and individuals that create and sell music

The music industry consists of the companies and individuals that earn money by creating new songs and pieces and selling live concerts and shows, audio and video recordings, compositions and sheet music, and the organizations and associations that aid and represent music creators. Among the many individuals and organizations that operate in the industry are: the songwriters and composers who create new songs and musical pieces; the singers, musicians, conductors and bandleaders who perform the music; the companies and professionals who create and sell recorded music and/or sheet music ; and those that help organize and present live music performances.

The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) is a non-profit association set up in 1999 to promote certain interests of the music industry in the Republic of Ireland. It is particular active in addressing copyright issues, and it compiles the official music charts for Ireland.

MCD Productions is an Irish concert promotion company. Established in 1980, and headquartered in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.


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.

The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards ceremonies.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom (UK), officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Meteor Mobile Communications Limited was a GSM and UMTS mobile telecommunications company in Ireland. They operated a GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS(HSPA+) and LTE cellular communications network under licence from the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), and were the third entrant in the market, after Vodafone Ireland and Three Ireland. The company was a wholly owned subsidiary of Irish telecoms network Eir, having been purchased for €420m in 2005. Meteor was the only Irish owned mobile operator in Ireland. Meteor once issued new numbers with the prefix code 085. Since the introduction of full mobile number portability in Ireland, access codes have become less relevant as mobile telephone users may now retain their mobile telephone numbers when moving between mobile network operators. As a result, Meteor customers could have numbers starting with the codes 083, 085, 086, 087, or 089.

Each year there was a mix of live performances and award presentations at a ceremony conducted in the Point Theatre, Dublin (20012007) and the RDS, Dublin (2008present). 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.

Point Theatre former theatre in Dublin, Ireland

The Point Theatre (sometimes referred to as the Point Depot or simply as the Point) was a concert and events venue in Dublin, Ireland, that operated from 1988 to 2007, enjoyed by in excess of 2 million people. It was located on the North Wall Quay of the River Liffey, amongst the Dublin Docklands. The Point was closed in the summer of 2007 for a major redevelopment and underwent a rebranding as The O2 in July 2008. Prior to the redevelopment the seated capacity was 8,500; the rebranded O2 has a fully seated only capacity of 9,000. Following the acquisition of O2 Ireland by 3 Ireland, it was renamed in September 2014 as the 3Arena.

Royal Dublin Society convention center

The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) is the name given in 1820 to a philanthropic organisation which was founded as the 'Dublin Society' on 25 June 1731 to see Ireland thrive culturally and economically. The RDS is synonymous with its campus in Ballsbridge in Dublin, Ireland. This campus includes the "RDS Arena", "RDS Simmonscourt", "RDS Main Hall" and other venues which are used regularly for exhibitions, concerts and sporting events, including regular use by the Leinster Rugby team.

Snow Patrol Irish rock band

Snow Patrol are a rock band from Northern Ireland, formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1994, consisting of Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn (drums), and Johnny McDaid. Initially an indie rock band, the band rose to prominence in the early-mid 2000s as part of the post-Britpop movement.

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.

Joe Elliott British singer; lead singer of Def Leppard

Joseph Thomas Elliott, Jr. is an English singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the lead singer of the English rock band Def Leppard. He has also been the lead singer of the David Bowie tribute band the Cybernauts and the Mott the Hoople cover band Down 'n' Outz. He is one of the two original members of Def Leppard and one of the three to perform on every Def Leppard album.

Denis Hickie Irish rugby union player

Denis Anthony Hickie born 13 February 1976, is a retired professional rugby union player formerly employed by the Irish Rugby Football Union. He played his club rugby for Leinster. His primary position was on the wing. He earned 51 caps for Ireland, scoring 29 tries for Ireland and held the Irish try-scoring record until his Leinster colleague Brian O'Driscoll broke it in 2008.

Colin Farrell Irish actor

Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor. Farrell appeared in the BBC drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone in 1999, and was discovered by Hollywood when Joel Schumacher cast him as the lead in the war drama Tigerland in 2000. He then starred in Schumacher's psychological thriller Phone Booth (2002) where he plays a hostage in a New York city phone booth, and the American thrillers S.W.A.T. (2003) and The Recruit (2003), establishing his international box-office appeal. During that time, he also appeared in Steven Spielberg's science fiction thriller Minority Report (2002) and as the villain Bullseye in the superhero film Daredevil (2003).

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 awards

Recipients by year

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

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
2010 Christy Moore Wallis Bird Snow Patrol Tony Was An Ex-Con The Script Westlife Amasis Brian Kennedy

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 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 year

CeremonyDateVenueBroadcast dateHostBest Irish BandLifetime AchievementIndustry 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]

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