Delorentos dedicate award to drummer's late mother
DUBLIN band Delorentos scooped the Meteor Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year – and dedicated the award to their drummer's late mother.
Their critically acclaimed album 'Little Sparks' netted the €10,000 prize at a sold-out event in Dublin's Vicar Street.
Delorentos, who beat off competition from contenders including Damien Dempsey and Two Door Cinema Club, dedicated the prize to drummer Ross McCormick's mother, Mary, who recently died.
Bassist Nial Conlan said: "We are absolutely delighted to be in the company of these artists that we love and respect. The Irish music scene is very strong and it's wonderful to be part of it."
The prize money is provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation and the Irish Recorded Music Association.
The winner of the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was also announced. Gavin James won with 'Say Hello', which was picked by the public via text vote and online.
"The judges got it right and recognised that Delorentos had made the best Irish album of 2012," said Irish Independent music critic and former judge John Meagher.