Nathan Carter wins big at inaugural RTE Irish Country Music Awards
Published 25/06/2016 | 10:56
Nathan Carter came out on top at the inaugural Irish Country Music Awards on RTE One.
Legendary singer Daniel O'Donnell hosted the event which saw the biggest names in country descend on RTE studios for a live awards ceremony aired on Friday night.
As expected, the enduringly popular Carter took home two awards - he was voted Live Act Of The Year, while his smash hit Wagon Wheel was voted Ireland's All Time Favourite Country Music Song by public vote. His ex-girlfriend Lisa McHugh, based in Enniskillen, also won big taking home the Female Artist of the Year Award.
But the top gong on the night was given to Mike Denver who was voted Entertainer of the Year by the public, as well as scooping Album of the Year for Cut Loose. He thanked his wife of four years Elizabeth Gannon in his speech.
Philomena Begley was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Full list of winners:
LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR: Nathan Carter
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jimmy Buckley
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Lisa McHugh
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Cliona Hagan
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Robert Mizzell (Day Job)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Mike Denver (Cut Loose)
COUNTRY DANCE ACT OF THE YEAR: Michael English
HALL OF FAME: Big Tom McBride
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Philomena Begley
INDUSTRY AWARD: Mick Clerkin
SONGWRITER OF THE AWARD: Derek Ryan
IRELAND'S ALL-TIME FAVOURITE COUNTRY SONG: Wagon Wheel
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: Mike Denver