Snow Patrol steal the limelight from top acts
SNOW Patrol swept the boards at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards last night as they strutted away from Dublin's Point Theatre with four gongs.
The band fronted by Gary Lightbody fought off competition from the Divine Comedy, The Frames and Humanzi to claim the Best Irish Band accolade at the seventh Meteor Awards.
Snow Patrol also secured the public's vote in the Best Live Performance category. They went on to win the Best Irish Album for 'Eyes Open' and the Most Downloaded Irish Song Award.
Lightbody said: "We spent most of this year in the State's as we are doing very well over there. The only time we are going to play in Ireland this year is Oxegen so we are really looking forward to that."
They posted the eager-anticipated news on their website adding there were "delighted" to get top-billing at the country's biggest music festival.
But the attention was not all on the awards being handed over as stars including rockers The Feeling, Pussycat Dolls, Amy Winehouse, Kaiser Chiefs, Director, The Blizzards, as well as Westlife and Ronan Keating set the venue hopping.
Presenter comedian Deirdre O'Kane donned a showgirl outfit as she entertained the packed Point Theatre, along with television's bachelor brothers Podge and Rodge.
Screams drowned out the presenters as Kaiser Chiefs, performing 'Ruby', were the first band to rock the stage.
After her performance, Amy Winehouse, dressed in a black and red busty dress with her long black hair piled up on top of her head, said: "I might go say hello to the Kaiser Chiefs. I don't get to go home much at the moment and the Kaiser Chiefs remind me of Camden."
Home-grown favourites - Westlife - scored for a seventh year in a row as they walked away with the Best Irish Pop Act. Today FM's Ray D'Arcy scored a hat-trick as he took the Best DJ award for the third time.
Miss Ireland Sarah Morrissey and television comedian PJ Gallagher from 'Naked Camera' presented boxer Damien Dempsey with his award for Best Irish Male.
As he walked off the stage, he said: "Have a great night my friends keep singing all your fears away."
The sultry tones of Luan Parle ensured she walked away with the Best Irish Female.
Both Bob Dylan and Robbie Williams failed to knock Justin Timberlake from his throne as Best International Male, while Lily Allen took Best International Female. Best International Band went to the Scissor Sisters.