Stars wax lyrical at awards night but music fans stick to The Script
The fans have spoken -- in record numbers.
More than 156,000 music lovers overwhelming chose The Script as the hottest Irish act at the star-studded Meteor Music Awards in Dublin last night.
A record number of music fans took part in the online vote at the ninth annual music awards that saw a glittering array of some of Ireland's top stars in music, film and television sashay up the orange carpet to be entertained in true Paddy's Day style by the likes of The Stereophonics, Enrique Iglesias, Sharon Shannon and Mundy and Elbow.
The Script, a Dublin-based trio of former music writers and producers were clearly the hot favourites, winning not only the coveted prize for most popular Irish band but also the gong for Best Irish Album 'The Script'.
Rising rhythm sensation Imelda May took the gong for Best Irish Female. Looking every inch the rockabilly queen in a green and black animal print dress, the native of Dublin's Liberties said she was delighted to win the gong, although she was happy enough just being nominated.
"I couldn't believe it. I wasn't expecting it at all. And I've been working hard for many years so just to get that nod was enough," she told the Irish Independent last night before she wowed the crowd with a rousing version of her hit single 'Johnny Got a Boom Boom'.
And while they may be almost a generation apart, Ireland's first boyband Boyzone went head to head with their present-day counterparts Westlife in a battle for the Best Irish Pop Act award. But in the end, Westlife picked up their ninth consecutive gong in the category.
Stone-mason turned songwriter Mick Flannery of Cork was named Best Irish Male for his first album 'White Lies',.
Mullingar's The Blizzards were voted the Best Irish Live Performance for their gig at last year's Oxegen festival.
Band member Justin Ryan said the band was delighted with the public support and acclaim they had received to date.
"Things are going exactly to plan. We're very happy with how the songs have been received," he said.
Sharon Shannon, who has made Galway famous the world over for her rousing rendition of 'Galway Girl' with Mundy was given a lifetime achievement award for her outstanding contribution to Irish music, despite just turning 40 in November.
Her many achievements include performing for former US president Bill Clinton and the Sultan of Brunei, as well as performing with Bono, Jackson Brown and Steve Earl.
She said: "There are so many people I wanted to see here tonight and experience this wonderful event. I came off the plane last night from New Zealand so I'm completely out of it but in perfect condition for the show."
A host of familiar faces turned up on the night, including RTE stars Pat Kenny and Gerry Ryan, as well as actor Liam Cunningham and models Caprice and Jasmine Guinness.
Nancy Cartwright, the voice behind Bart Simpson's character in the hit animation series, said she was proud to be in Ireland for the world premiere of a special St Patrick's Day episode of the show, which aired last night.