P!nk, Alicia Keys, Robbie Williams, Ed Sheeran and Gary Lightbody among stars who paid to Irish musician and his work
Hollywood actress Courtney Cox created a gorgeous video of love for fiancé Johnny McDaid in a special show reel for The Irish Post Awards, on Thursday night in London.
The highly acclaimed songwriter and Snow Patrol guitarist accepted the award for his Outstanding Contribution to Music at the 40th Annual Irish Post Awards.
In a video praising the Derry native, his partner Courteney Cox rounded up a series of artists he has worked with through the years to describe him in three words. P!nk, Alicia Keys, Robbie Williams, Ed Sheeran and Gary Lightbody are amongst the stars to pay tribute to Johnny McDaid and his work.
The video is truly moving, it must be said.
Robbie Williams said McDaid got him to be 'the most vulnerable.'
"He’s like a musical therapist, he got me to be the most vulnerable that I’ve ever been on any song ever.”
"He’s a master of his craft," he added.
"I just say these terrible things and he turns them into pure poetry," What About Us singer P!nk says."
"He is very giving and is willing to give you as much as you give."
"I don’t remember how Johnny and I met, I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know him.
"His contribution over the last two decades to Irish music is immense," bandmate Gary Lightbody said.
Accepting his award, after watching the show reel, he said “I’m absolutely overwhelmed for all those amazing messages, I’m amazed by Courtney going to that effort – thank you darling.”
Regarding his award, he said “I get to make records for people I love, that’s all I do, that’s all I have to do, be in there and allow that to happen.
“When I was a kid growing up in Derry, music to me was the way forward. It was the way to say we can express this part of us here, our hearts, and do it in a way that allows others to express theirs.
“My mum is here tonight, she is from the bogside in Derry, as is my dad. They spoke their hearts to me and I found music, first of all as a guitar sitting in guitar in corner of my living room now I find it in front of all these people.
“The next song I write will be my favorite song until the song I write after that.
Asked what drives him, he said: “Everything that you have seen here tonight is about community, we are all of us a community, we are people from Ireland who left and came here to England to make more of our life.
“We are community - what drives me is exactly that – its community.”
You can watch the full award ceremony below here:
Live from The Irish Post Awards 2017
Live from the 40th Annual Irish Post Awards 💚 ☘️ Read more about the awards here: http://irsh.us/2mUoU8SPosted by IrishCentral.com on Thursday, 23 November 2017
Incredible Irish people making a difference, including Bob Geldof, Johnny McDaid, Karren Brady and Imelda May, were honored at the Irish Post’s 40th Award ceremony. The prestigious Irish community event was hosted, once again, by renowned broadcaster and TV personality Eamonn Holmes.