Only the second person ever to receive the industry’s highest accolade, Daniel follows in the footsteps of the late Mainliners front man Big Tom, who received the award in 2016. Daniel was presented the award following a much anticipated duet of the Roger Miller classic “King of the Road” which he performed with Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy.
Daniel said: “I am truly honoured to receive this award and to follow such a great as Big Tom. It means so much to me to be acknowledged by my peers here in Ireland”. Ryan Tubridy commented “Daniel has been a firm friend of the Late Late Show for such a long time, and it was our absolute pleasure to play a part in recognising the extraordinary contribution that he has made to the country music industry in Ireland. We wish him nothing but continued success and happiness in all that he does”.
Fr. Brian D’Arcy, who presented Daniel with the award, said: “Nobody deserves the award more than Daniel. It’s only the second time this award has been presented, the other recipient being the late Big Tom. It is in recognition of what he has done for country music, not only at home here in Ireland, but across the world. Daniel is highly regarded as an international artist, especially in Nashville, the home of country music”.