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Saturday 20 October 2018

Orange is the new red at the Meteors

Tantastic ... A to Z of celebrities come out to play

Fiach Kelly

Just to be different, the VIP carpet at last night's Meteor Ireland Music Awards was orange, not red.



And, in a brave attempt to be exactly the same, the celebrities -- ranging from genuinely A list to somewhere south of the Z list -- did their best to be just as orange as the carpet.

The Saw Doctors, winners of last night's Lifetime Achievement Award, seemed to be the only pale-white exception. They said they hoped the gong didn't mean their gigging days were numbered.

"I certainly hope not. There's nothing else we can do after this. We hope we'll be back playing Oxegen -- if they'll have us.

"We had great craic there the last time," said Davey Carton from the Galway band, who blasted the audience in the RDS with a rendition of their hit 'N17'.

Shayne Ward, who also performed at the ceremony, said he was looking forward to seeing the legendary Galway group.

"The Saw Doctors -- legends. It's great to be back in Ireland. It's like a home away from home," he said.

The night's other winners included pop super group Westlife, who scooped the Best Irish Pop Act award -- the 10th Meteor of their careers.

Their boyband predecessors Boyzone, performed at the awards show last night, and Keith Duffy said being back in the band "was a really good feeling".

He said: "It's great, it's a really good vibe. It feels really good. Nostalgia is alive and well. We're making everyone feel 15 again."

Dublin's Aslan won the Best Irish Band award, Best Irish Female went to Cathy Davey, Duke Special scooped Best Male and Paddy Casey won Best Irish Album for 'Addicted to Company'.

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The Blizzards won Best Irish Live Performance for their Oxegen gig last summer. Best National DJ went to Ray Foley from Today FM and Red FM's Keith Cunningham won best Regional DJ.

But of all the celebrities, Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was the main star. She stuck close to her Irish partner Stuart Townsend while he plugged new film, 'Battle in Seattle'.

"It's great. I've been talking about it to my mates for years so it's great that's it's finally out," he said.

Other guests on the 'orange' carpet included Marcus Sweeney, former partner of Katy French. Despite a sharp chill in the Ballsbridge air, Sweeney's tan managed to out-shine all the other tangerine celebs.

Others said they were just happy to be included.

"We're in awe of everybody," said Danny O'Reilly from the Coronas.

"We were backstage earlier and couldn't believe the names on the dressing room doors."

Also in the audience was RTE's Gerry Ryan, who had his daughter Bonnie for company. Ryan said her girlband is taking a break while she studies for the Junior Cert.

He said: "This time last year they were supporting Westlife and Shayne Ward.

"It's on ice now but after the Junior Cert, there'll be no holding her back."

The family of concert promoter Jim Aiken, who died last year, were presented with the Industry Award in recognition of his work in the music business over the 40 years.

And Mary Donohoe, founder and chairperson of the Rose Project, was given the Humanitarian Award, which helps African Aids victims with medical, nursing and social care.

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