HE may have retired from broadcasting, but to many Gaybo is still the king. Last night, he received the top prize at the Telecom Eireann National Entertainment Awards.Gaybo's daughter Crona took the award on his behalf at a glitzy ceremony in the National Concert Hall, and said he had been overwhelmed by the popular support shown for him.
The Entertainment Personality Award which he won is the only one decided by the general public, who cast over 5,000 votes in a telepoll.
Although normally a tight contest, organisers said there was an ``absolute landslide'' for Gay who is resting in Donegal following the end of his radio show last week.
Dundalk group The Corrs, who previously won the newcomer award, won the best Popular Act category at the awards, while all-girl act B*Witched took the best New Entertainer prize.
The awards show was attended by 1,200 people, raising £30,000 for the Rehab Foundation.
Ex-showband star and singer Sonny Knowles won the Eamonn Andrews ``Hall of Fame'' award for his longtime contribution to showbusiness. Donal Lunny won the top prize in the Traditional Music category while trendsetting Belfast-based DJ David Holmes won the Rock/Dance prize.
The Classical Award was won by Finghin Collins, a 22-year-old pianist from Dublin. Ronan Keating, a former prizewinner, made a guest appearance and performed a duet with Belfast singer Brian Kennedy who co-presented the show with Carrie Crowley.
Louis Walsh's latest boyband, the group Westside from Sligo, performed at the awards as did E17.