Article Title:Ribena supreme & Carmen honoured at Stilettos
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:6th June 2003 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:1877
Text:Over 400 were present at last Sunday's Golden Stiletto awards, the third annual celebration of Auckland's drag community, to witness Supreme and Costume awards dished out to Miss Ribena, and special guest Carmen honoured with a Lifetime Achievement. Twice blessed also was Miss Kola, winning Performer Of The Year and Miss Personality, and The Divine Miss K who took both a Community Spirit award, and a Sisterhood award which was shared with Davina. The crowded Best Newcomer category was won by Jackie E Lation. In a briskly-run ceremony hosted by Queer Nation's Andrew Whiteside and Rebecca Singh at Auckland's Carlton Hotel, attendees were treated to live performances in between the various awards from the Sky City Cheerleaders, singer/songwriter Ramon, the Adam's Cage boys, singer Richard Neame, and the Caluzzi Girls, who reprised their number from the Auckland Out Takes opening. After a speech from Terry-In-The-Area recalling her pioneering days in Auckland and Wellington, a genuinely surprised Carmen took to the stage to accept her Lifetime award and make a grateful acceptance speech before performing a flawless and graceful lip-sync rendition of "Begin The Beguine" to a standing ovation. A change in voting format this year saw votes canvassed from the wider community, including approximately 600 votes via and Express newspaper, in addition to the judging panel of 20.    
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