Top acts to take centre stage for music awards' 10th anniversary bash
INTERNATIONAL stars including Florence and the Machine, Paulo Nutini and Snow Patrol will be among the acts performing at this year's Meteor Music Awards.
This will be the 10th anniversary of the Irish music industry awards, and home-grown acts including Westlife, The Script and The Coronas will also take to the RDS stage on February 19.
And there is a belief that the awards -- which had a somewhat inauspicious start after replacing the IRMAs -- are now on a much firmer footing internationally.
"When people are trying to sell us overseas they'll mention that we have been nominated for the awards so I think it's getting a bigger reputation," Danny O'Reilly of indie rockers The Coronas said yesterday.
"It's always well-organised and there's some good international acts playing on the night so it holds its own in comparison to award shows in the UK.
"If you take something like Oxegen, I think it's one of the best festivals in Europe, if not the best, so I think we can hold our own on this stage, and have respect."
Irish music fans will be able to vote in nine categories for the awards, including Best Irish Band, where The Coronas are up against Bell X1, Delorentos, Snow Patrol and U2.
The Best Irish Male nominees are Colin Devlin, Jerry Fish, Jack L, Christy Moore and Mundy.
Up for the Best Irish Female award are Wallis Bird, Julie Feeney, Valerie Francis, Laura Izibor and Dolores O'Riordan.
The nominees for Best Irish Pop Act are Delorentos, Laura Izibor, The Blizzards, The Script and Westlife.
Other awards on the night will include Best International Band and Best National DJ.
Amanda Byram will again present the show, which will be aired the following night on RTE television.
Tickets for the event, priced at €40, go on sale today from usual Ticketmaster outlets.