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:: Spotlight :: Winners and pictures from the 2006 Australian Video Music Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi; photos by Martine Dickman

The second MTV Australia Video Music Awards (AVMA) were held at the Acer Arena (then known as Sydney Superdome) in April 2006. The awards went beyond the ordinary to stage a spectacular show.

The event brought international guests with Ashlee Simpson (host of the show), plus Snoop Dogg, James Blunt, Scribe, and The Darkness, and a swag of Australian artists. The Red Carpet arrivals were colourful and some of the females made the effort to look glamorous and some of the guys looked the part also. We were in the Media Room for the duration of the telecast, although, due to a bad oversight, we couldn't hear any of the performances on stage nor hear acceptance speeches. However, we were able to catch up with them in the interview and photo rooms.

The after-party at Zeta Bar (within the Sydney Hilton Hotel) was the place to be as the invited guests partied to the limit. Loys of girls wanted to party with Snoop while James Blunt was in good partying form. We caught up with The Veronicas, End of Fashion, Scribe, and the lovely Jennifer Hawkins, who was a special guest at the Awards.

Here is the list of AVMA winners.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Bernard Fanning - “Tea and Sympathy”
SONG OF THE YEAR: James Blunt - “You're Beautiful”
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: The Veronicas - “4ever”
BEST GROUP: Green Day
BEST ROCK VIDEO: The Darkness, One Way Ticket
BEST POP VIDEO: Ashlee Simpson, Boyfriend
BEST R'N'B VIDEO: Chris Brown - “Run It!”
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO: Snoop Dogg - “Drop It Like It's Hot”
BEST FEMALE ARTIST: Ashlee Simpson
BEST MALE ARTIST: Shannon Noll
SPANKIN' NEW AUSSIE ARTIST: The Veronicas
BEST DANCE VIDEO: Rogue Traders - “Voodoo Child”
VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD: Anthony Callea
FREE YOUR MIND AWARD: Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil frontman and Australian Labor Party Representative)

Here are pictures from the event

The Veronicas
Snoop Dogg Natalie Bassingthwaighte
James Blunt Phil Jamieson
The Grates Sarah McLeod
Scribe Rogue Traders
Russell Crowe N'fa
Jade Macrae
Bernard Fanning
Erica Baxter Michelle Walsh
Lara Bingle Erika Heynatz
Megan Gale

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