Friday 24 March 2017

Nathan Carter wins big at inaugural RTE Irish Country Music Awards

Nathan Carter performing on the inaugural RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards on RTÉ One. Picture: Andres Poveda
Nathan Carter performing on the inaugural RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards on RTÉ One. Picture: Andres Poveda
Nathan Carter performing on the inaugural RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards on RTÉ One. Picture: Andres Poveda
Daniel O'Donnell hosting the inaugural RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards on RTÉ One. Picture: Andres Poveda
Nathan Carter winner of the Live Act Of The Year at the inaugural RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards on RTÉ One. Picture: Andres Poveda
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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.

Daniel O'Donnell hosting the inaugural RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards on RTÉ One. Picture: Andres Poveda
Daniel O'Donnell hosting the inaugural RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards on RTÉ One. Picture: Andres Poveda

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

Nathan Carter winner of the Live Act Of The Year at the inaugural RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards on RTÉ One. Picture: Andres Poveda
Nathan Carter winner of the Live Act Of The Year at the inaugural RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards on RTÉ One. Picture: Andres Poveda

SONGWRITER OF THE AWARD: Derek Ryan

IRELAND'S ALL-TIME FAVOURITE COUNTRY SONG: Wagon Wheel

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: Mike Denver

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