- 21 Mar 02
...here's the Hot Press Irish Music Awards, and a massive bash avec much live music is pencilled in for Belfast in April. Read on for the categories and nominees in full
The nominations for the 2002 Hot Press Irish Music Awards have been announce with Ash, U2, The Corrs, David Kitt and Westlife among those who'll be getting dickie-bowed up for the occasion.
In all, 14 gongs are there for the taking, voted for by a panel that includes the leading critics and broadcasters from national newspapers, TV and radio stations all over Ireland.
Hot Press celebrating its 25th anniversary this year adds extra spice to the event, which takes place in Belfast on April 25th and airs two days later on BBC1 Northern Ireland.
"We're so excited that the Hot Press Awards are coming back to Belfast," enthuses the BBC's Mike Edgar. "The television coverage over the last few years has been amazing with guests such as U2, Ash, Morrissey, David Bowie, Radiohead, The Corrs, Sinéad O'Connor, Nina Simone and Ronan Keating all taking part.
"2002 should be no different as it's been a great year for Irish music. The event is viewed with great integrity by Ireland's music community and always generates a fantastic feelgood factor."
Those sentiments are echoed by Hot Press editor Niall Stokes who adds: "There's no better reflection of the sense of shared community that exists on this island than contemporary music and we've had some wonderful gatherings of the rock 'n' roll clan in both Dublin and Belfast as a result.
"There's wonderfully exciting music being made at the moment all over Ireland – north, south, east, west – so the competition is likely to be particularly intense."
Slugging it out on the night are:
Mark Greaney (JJ72)
Philip Lynott Newcomer Award
Ash – Free All Angels
David Kitt – The Big Romance
The Frames – For The Birds
Snow Patrol – When It's All Over We Still Have To Clean Up
Ash – 'Shining Light'
U2 – 'Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of'
David Kitt – 'You Know What I Want To Know'
The Frames – 'Lay Me Down'
Rory Gallagher Musician Award
Live Gig By An Irish Act
Ash at Witnness festival
Paul Brady at Vicar St., Dublin
U2 at Slane
Divine Comedy at the Mandela Hall, Belfast
Live Gig By An International Act
David Gray at Marlay Park
Radiohead at the Odyssey, Belfast
Bob Dylan at Nowlan Park
Red Hot Chili Peppers at Slane
Pat McCarthy (Producer, REM)