RONAN KEATING joined ELTON JOHN onstage in Dublin on Friday (March 16) to duet on JOHN’s classic ‘YOUR SONG’.
The pair were performing at the Meteor Irish Music Awards at Dublin’s Point Theatre, which saw U2 walk away with three awards, while adopted Irishman David Gray picked up two. The awards are tied to record sales in Ireland. Acts such as JJ72, Ronan Keating, Westlife and Samantha Mumba all picked up one award each.
Elton John, whose charity the Elton John Aids Foundation was the main beneficiary from the evening, was presented with a Humanitarian Award and veteran Irish folk-star Christy Moore was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.
After picking up his Industry Award, Boyzone and Westlife manager Louis Walsh launched a salvo at those he felt had unfairly criticised his acts in the past, singling out some journalists in particular, who he felt “were mostly failed rock managers and artists”.
Some big name acts didn’t make it to the event. U2 sent former champion boxer Steve Collins to pick up their gongs, as they were in the US, while Samantha Mumba also failed to appear, as she is currently filming ‘The Time Machine’ with Steven Spielberg.
The full list of winners is as follows:
BEST-SELLING IRISH ALBUM/MALE POP ROCK CATEGORY: Ronan Keating – ‘Ronan’
BEST INTERNATIONAL DANCE ACT: Morcheeba
BEST-SELLING IRISH ALBUM (FEMALE): Sharon Shannon – ‘The Diamond Mountain Sessions’
BEST IRISH NEWCOMER: JJ72
HOT PRESS ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Emmylou Harris – ‘Red Dirt Girl’
MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARD: Louis Walsh
BEST-SELLING INTERNATIONAL ALBUM (MALE): David Gray – ‘White Ladder’
BEST-SELLING IRISH ROCK ALBUM: U2 – ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’
BEST-SELLING IRISH VIDEO: d’Unbelievables – ‘d’Mother’
BEST-SELLING POP ALBUM: Westlife – ‘Coast To Coast’
BEST-SELLING IRISH SINGLE (MALE): Mark McCabe – ‘Maniac 2000’
BEST ROCK DJ: Dave Fanning
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Christy Moore
BEST-SELLING IRISH SINGLE (FEMALE): Samantha Mumba – ‘Gotta Tell You’
HOPE FOR 2001: Relish
BEST INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITER: David Gray
BEST IRISH BAND: U2
HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Elton John Foundation
BEST IRISH SONGWRITER: Bono/The Edge
BEST-SELLING INTERNATIONAL FEMALE (ALBUM): Whitney Houston – ‘The Greatest Hits’
BEST-SELLING INTERNATIONAL GROUP (ALBUM): The Beatles – ‘1’
BEST-SELLING INTERNATIONAL SINGLE (MALE): Eminem – ‘Stan’
BEST-SELLING INTERNATIONAL SINGLE (FEMALE): LeAnn Rimes ‘Can’t Fight The Moonlight’
BEST-SELLING INTERNATIONAL SINGLE (GROUP): The Bloodhound Gang – ‘The Bad Touch’
BEST-SELLING IRISH ALBUM (MALE): Daniel O’Donnell – ‘Faith & Inspiration’