Stars make political statements on red carpet

HEART ON HIS SLEEVE: Rapper Scribe wore red to the New Zealand Music Awards because he plans to vote for Labour.
HEART ON HIS SLEEVE: Rapper Scribe wore red to the New Zealand Music Awards because he plans to vote for Labour.

It wasn't so much the red carpet as the red hoodie when Scribe showed his true colours at the New Zealand Music Awards on Wednesday night.

The rapper, who scored a Tui for best Hip Hop album, was dressed in Labour colours to support the Prime Minister who was at Auckland's Vector Arena to present the International Achievement award, shared by Savage and the Flight of the Conchords.

"Helen Clark is one of my idols," Scribe told Sunday News.

"I'm wearing red because I'm from Canterbury and because I'm voting Labour this year."

Scribe's pre-election plug received some heavyweight support, when Savage opened his acceptance speech with the words: "Go Labour."

The glitzy ceremony was marked by the absence of some of the main winners to accept their awards.

Flight of the Conchords scooped four Tuis including Best Group and Breakthrough Artist but Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement had to send acceptance speeches as they are working on the second series of their sitcom in the US.

Best Male Solo Artist Liam Finn was also absent, while four-time winners Opshop were without frontman Jason Kerrison who was holidaying in the UK with his fiancee.

But there was still plenty of star power, with the likes of Best Aotearoa Roots Album winner Tiki Taane, Hollie Smith, Recloose and Anika Moa mixing it with Shortland Street's Kimberley Crossman, Outrageous Fortune's Antonia Prebble and Nightline's Samantha Hayes.

"I was jetlagged last year, so it's great to be able to sit back and enjoy it this time," said Smith, who scored three Tuis in 2007.

Winners of the Legacy Award, Straightjacket Fits, were honoured by a performance of She Speeds by supergroup Fast Women, which included Fur Patrol's Julia Deans, Elemeno P's Lani Purkis, Greta Anderson from Superette and Best Female Solo Artist Anika Moa.

"It was important for me to come back from Australia for the Straightjacket Fits performance," said Moa, who is now based across the Tasman.

"I love (former frontman) Shayne Carter."

Carter said: "I spent some time with the girls showing them the secret zen rifts.

"It's a nice honour to get the award but it's pretty much 14 years too late!"

Sunday News