Bray boy Hozier beaten by Beyonce to 'Song with a Message' MTV EMA
Man of the moment Hozier has been beaten by Beyonce in the new MTV Europe Music Awards category, 'Song with a Message'.
The Bray native (24) was nominated for his hit 'Take Me to Church' but faced tough competition from Beyonce's 'Pretty Hurts'.
The queen of pop bagged a whopping 601,104 votes to land the top stop whilst Meghan Trainor came a close second at 500,621 for 'All About That Bass'.
Alicia Keys was third with 61.931 for 'We Are Here' whilst Hozier bagged fourth position with 29,492, just ahead of Arcade Fire with 28,190 for 'We Exist'.
The songs were voted for by fans on Twitter and the category is sponsored by Someone Like Me, a programme by Durex and MTV's Stayting Alive Foundation.
The aim is to draw attention to tracks that encourage empowerment in young people.
Meanwhile, U2 are to perform at the show in Glasgow tonight.
The band are the latest to be added to the line-up at the awards show, which will be hosted by US rapper Nicki Minaj in the Hydro arena and will also include performances by Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande among others.
It will be the fourth time the Irish band have played at the EMAs having last done so in Berlin in 2009.
U2 reached the top 10 of the album charts for the 16th time last month with Songs Of Innocence. The album was originally released for free via iTunes in September.
The awards are being held in Glasgow for the first time, but they have previously been staged in Edinburgh.
Katy Perry heads the nominations for Sunday's ceremony as she competes for seven prizes, ahead of Grande, who is in the running for six.
Pharrell Williams is up for five trophies, including best song and best video for his global hit Happy.
Niall Horan and One Direction have been nominated in four categories including 'Best Pop', 'Best Live', 'Worldwide Act' and 'Biggest Fans'.
Calvin Harris was due to perform but has had to pull out due to a reported heart condition.
The MTV EMAs take place tonight from 8pm and will be broadcast across 60 channels reaching nearly 700 million people.