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Tuesday, 5 March, 2002, 13:34 GMT
U2 dominate Irish awards
Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 at Irish Music Awards
U2 added eight awards to their four Grammys
Celebrated Irish rock group U2 and boy band Westlife have swept the board at the Meteor Irish Music Awards, walking off with eleven awards between them.

In a ceremony graced with performances by the Cranberries, Ronan Keating and Gabrielle, U2 added accolades such as Best Irish Rock Band and Best Irish Live Performance to the four Grammys they were awarded in Los Angeles last week.

Three members of Westlife at Irish Music Awards ceremony
Westlife: Best Pop Act, Best Pop Album and Best Pop Single
All That You Can't Leave Behind, released in October 2000, earned the band Best Irish Rock Album, while Elevation was credited Best Irish Video and the track Walk On was dubbed Best Irish Rock Single.

In an acceptance speech at the event in Dublin's Point Theatre, bass player Adam Clayton thanked the rest of the band for their work on the song, which he said was "nearly the runt of the litter".

Westlife triumph

Lead singer Bono was named Best Irish Songwriter, while guitarist The Edge won Best Irish Musician at the ceremony televised live on Ireland's Network 2.

U2's Awards
Best Irish Rock Band
Best Irish Video
Best Irish Live Performance
Best Irish Rock Album
Best Irish Musician (The Edge)
Best Irish songwriter (Bono)
Best Irish Rock Single (Walk On)
Irish Industry Award (U2 Manager Paul McGuinness)

Westlife, whose World of Our Own bagged them their 10th UK number one single last month, won Best Irish Pop Album for the album of the same name, beating The Cors, Ronan Keating and Samantha Mumba to the title.

They were also named Best Irish Pop Act, and awarded Best Irish Pop Single for their cover version of Billy Joel's Uptown Girl, the Comic Relief charity single which shot straight to the top of the charts on its release in March 2001.

Newcomer award

Best Irish Solo Male (Rock) went to David Kitt, while Ronan Keating scooped the Best Irish Solo Male (Rock) and Samantha Mumba was awarded Best Female Artist.

Samantha Mumba
Mumba: Beaten on album award, but named Best Female Artist
The Best Irish Newcomer prize, an award based on a public vote, went to Donegal three-piece rock band The Revs, who were nominated in six categories.

"This time last year I was sitting at home, watching these awards on TV, just wishing we could achieve that," said lead singer Rory Gallagher as he accepted the award.

This year is the second year the non-profit Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) and venue owners MCD have jointly staged the awards, which are sponsored by the Irish mobile phone operator Meteor.

See also:

28 Feb 02 | Music
Grammys 2002: The winners
28 Feb 02 | Music
Pride: The rise and rise of U2
09 Dec 01 | Music
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08 Oct 99 | Northern Ireland
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