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Art is not a competition and awards like Oscars don't mean anything

George Byrne

Published 01/03/2014 | 14:05

Villagers frontman Conor O'Brien accepts the Meteor Choice Music Prize
Villagers frontman Conor O'Brien accepts the Meteor Choice Music Prize

All award ceremonies are fundamentally flawed.

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In a week when Villagers' second album, Awayland, won the Meteor Choice Music Award and there will be a line or two penned about some glitzy bash in Los Angeles, surely it's about time we wondered just what on Earth these 'prizes' achieve.

The Meteors were set up as a snooty Indie alternative to those dreadful pop awards where -- dear God -- members of the actual public were allowed to vote for acts they liked, but now have their own live radio broadcast and a highlights package to be shown on RTE2.

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