Vodafone NZ Music Awards at Vector Arena

The biggest event on the NZ music calender took place on November 21st at the Vector Arena in Auckland. Thousands of fans, celebrities and the ‘who’s who’ of the music industry turned out to celebrate the annual Vodafone NZ Music Awards and then joined the after-party which continued into the wee hours.

Behind the scenes the FUDGE Styling Lounge was a hive of activity with the Fudge Creative Team busy styling special celebrities, artists, and announcers for the evening! The team from Smash Box providing makeup. As a lead up to the main event the FUDGE VIP suite at the Pullman Hotel was busy all day providing hair updos and even a St Tropez sunless tan for members of the media and special VIP’s.

Before the show the FUDGE VIP Suite hosted pre show drinks and canapés before taking invited guests by Limousine to the Vector Arena, where they walked the red carpet! After the usual photo opportunities we were seated for the main event!

The show opened with our latest singing sensation Lorde, who has taken over the New Zealand music scene and has become an international star appearing recently on the David Letterman show in NYC. She began with a powerful rendition of her smash hit single Royals and then went on to pick a string of awards throughout the night.

Host for the evening were Shannon Ryan and Stan Walker who were upstaged by the humour of Paul Henry as he presented some of the awards with Sam Hayes. Lorde was the big winner of the night taking out the Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, International Achievement Award and the People’s Choice Award.

Wellington’s Aaradhna picked up three Tuis including the coveted Album of the Year Award. Live performances on the night included Titanium, Jamie McDell, Iva Lamkum and Ruby Frost who performed a tribute to Shona Laing.

Christchurch’s Shapeshifter’s fifth album Delta saw the group win awards for best group and best electronica album. The band was also a finalist for album of the year and single of the year. Jamie McDell won best pop album for studio album Six Strings and a Sailboat. The award for best rock album went to four-piece alternative band Villainy for their debut album Mode. Set. Clear.

Fat Freddy’s Drop won best roots album with their third album Blackbird. Best male solo artist was awarded to Lawrence Arabia the pseudonym for Christchurch-born James Milne for his third album The Sparrow.