U2 wins at the 21 st Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards

 U2 wins at The Pollstar Concert Industry Awards Photo: AP Files

U2 wins at The Pollstar Concert Industry Awards Photo: AP Files

The 21st annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards honored its own Wednesday night at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles. The awards are held annually and honors the promoters, artist managers, booking agents and technical companies.
The winners are chosen by the people that make the concert scene happen. The show honored music artists and companies that helped the concert business in the 2009 year. It’s an insider’s look at which bands mattered in 2009.

Comedian Katleen Madigan hosted the show. A few of the celebrity presenters included Jay Osmond, Lamont Dozier, Don Felder, Al Jarreau, Alan Parsons, Rob Halford of Judas Priest and actor John O’Hurley. Continue reading

U2, Lady Gaga and Westlife tipped for Meteor success


Irish rockers U2, ‘Poker Face’ star Lady Gaga and chart-toppers Westlife are being hotly tipped to clean up at this year’s Meteor Music Awards.

Voting lines have now closed and Paddy Power are now finished betting on the event but the closing odds suggest the three acts will walk away with major gongs on the night.

U2 finished up 1/4 favourites with Paddy Power to win Best Irish Live Performance, while Lady Gaga, who cleaned up at the Brits, finished at closing odds of 1/2 to win Best International Female.

As for Westlife, the lads are heading for their tenth consecutive Meteor Award for Best Irish Pop Act at odds of 1/10!

In other categories, Today FM’s Ray Foley has been backed off the boards to win Best National DJ at 1/6 while Florence & The Machine could pip Lady Gaga to the post in the Best International Album category following a late gamble at odds of 9/4.

In the Best Irish Male category Paddy Power prematurely suspended betting after seeing one-way traffic for folk legend Christy Moore at 8/13.

Sharon McHugh, spokesperson for Paddy Power said: “Most of the money has been for U2, Lady Gaga and Westlife but the Meteors have thrown up a few surprises over the years so as the saying goes it’s not over ‘til the fat lady sings!”

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U2 and PAUL MCCARTNEY will battle for a Best Original Song Golden Globe for their film tunes in January (10).

U2’s Winter from drama Brothers was nominated for the top prize along with MCCartney’s tune from Everybody’s Fine, I Want to Come Home.

Also up for the Best Song honour are Cinema Italiano from Nine, I Will See You from Avatar and T Bone Burnett’s The Weary Kind from Crazy Heart.


U2’s Induction Worth the Wait

It was well past midnight when U2 finally took its place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The trailblazing Irish rock quartet joined the Pretenders, the O’Jays, Percy Sledge and Buddy Guy in the hall’s 20th class of performers. The four-hour induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel began Monday night and ran into the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen welcomed U2 into the elite club. In a hilarious introduction, he teased the band about everything from its recent iPod commercial to singer Bono’s mullet hairstyle in the 1980s.

During their acceptance speeches, Bono, guitarist the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. reminisced about their early days together in Dublin.
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