Words Yulia Podrul. Pics Brad Holland Vault Media Photography

The VMNZA is officially here! Lots of buzz excitement in the air and artistically invaded Spark Arena by local artists, including Swidt , Maala, DevilSkin of course, Tomorrow People, Dave Dobbyn and many many other talents.

That’s not your typical red carpet which you normally have high expectations for. It’s extremely casual, laid back, funky. Traditionally not so much glamour, not so many crystals, and no formal attire whatsoever. At the end of the day that’s your music Award night in New Zealand, so you got to be creative and colour your hair red or green to stand out. I’m just kidding. Once you get to know your musicians, they are incredible young talents. One of them is my favorite; Lorde.

As we are shifting into the heart of Spark Arena, there are lots of lights and glitter here. VIP tables are occupied by glory and fame. Even Jacinda Adern honored her presence at VMNZA. We have 21 awards to give away to only the best of NZ’s music.

The opening kicked off with incredible breathtaking Moana soundtrack performance by Opetaia Foa’i. That performance touched me. It made me realise how much I love the Pacific and the island country we all live in.

The first award for solo artist was given away to Lorde, and I can not wait to see her performing on stage tonight. Her attitude is incredible, her energy is massive and yet she seats relaxed absorbing all the vibes. I love this.

Theia is a nominee for people’s choice award. Her costume did outperform her singing though; creative and brave.

My favorite band The Koi Boys took the best album reward. They truly deserve, incredible guys with great hearts, just like Kings took out his award for Vodafone’s highest selling single. The VNZMA’s presented a night full of surprises and great artistic souls that truly deserve their awards. Well done.