The 'Oscars' of Irish country music will be broadcast on a global scale when Irish TV show the Irish Country Music Awards live for the second year running on 9th May.
Ireland’s biggest country music awards night will come live from Armagh City Hotel with a packed house of music fans from all over Ireland and the UK.
Over 72,000 public votes were cast across 12 categories last year, with top stars such as Nathan Carter, Lisa McHugh and Johnny Brady picking up awards and appearing live on the night.
The live broadcast also featured household names like Mike Denver, Philomena Begley, Jimmy Buckley, Margo and Susan McCann and a host of emerging country music stars on the night.
This year Irish TV will be linking up with local newspapers and radio stations as the public vote once again for their favourite county music stars in categories ranging from best female artist to best country music DVD.
And this year, Irish TV will also be including an international element to the awards with a special feature from the USA Country Music Hall of Fame.
“The Irish Country Music Awards are the flagship for the industry, with our top stars competing for honours and showcasing their recent and upcoming material to an adoring audience across the globe,” said head of Irish TV Music Malachi Cush.
“Our original idea has grown into the Oscars of Country Music, and as the Irish station that devotes more hours than any other to country music, we are proud of its success.
“Country music is at the heart of Irish communities and Irish TV is built around both. We have ten hours of original country music a week as well as featuring it heavily on our 32 weekly County Matters programmes.
“We have supported all these country and Irish music stars from parish halls to massive ballrooms over the past five years and we will continue to do so.”
The full line-up of entertainers for the Irish Country Music Awards 2016 will be announced over the coming weeks.
Tickets can be booked from Irish TV at 098 56582, Armagh City Hotel at 00 44 283751 888 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Irish Country Music Awards can be watched live at home and abroad on IRISH TV on SKY TV 191, Freesat 400, Eircom’s eVision 191, All Free to Air boxes and online at www.irishtv.com.