The First Annual World Armenian Entertainment Awards was held on May 11, 2014 at The Show, Agua Caliente's Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., The 2,500-guest gala was conceptualized and produced by the Global Arts International and US Armenia TV honoring and recognizing the Armenian superstars from around the world, best in the entertainment and music industry.
The red carpet rolled out in Agua Caliente's Casino Spa Resort where superstars like Julio Iglesias, Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton, Brian McKnight, Paul Anka and Ringo Starr have headlined previously.
Walking down the red carpet, I was greeted by "Marina Fans", friends and even surprisingly family members. I was photographed by many paparazzi and had a red carpet interview with Mher Baghdasaryan for US Armenia TV. Baghdasaryan hosted the red carpet pre-show interviewing all the fabulous celebrities. Some of the celebrity attendees included the biggest stars and artists such as Tata Simonyan, Sirusho, Armenchik, Arman Hovhannisyan, Lilit Hovhannisyan, Harout Pamboukjian, Andre, Razmik Amyan, Hrant Tokhatyan, Ashot Ghazaryan, Hayk Marutyan, Hovhannes Azoyan, Luiza Nersisyan, Erik, Sofi Mkheyan, Mihran Tsarukyan, Hrach Muradyan, Ani Christy, Arpine Gabrielyan, and Sibil.
I was utterly privileged and honored to have been asked to attend the world's largest Armenian event. Sharing the stage with the legends from the Armenian entertainment world was indeed extraordinary and unforgettable lifetime experience. I had the pleasure to present along with Azature the most prestigious award of the evening, the "Queen of Armenian Pop Award" to a beautiful and talented Armenian pop megastar Sirusho. The daughter-in-law of Armenia's former president Robert Kocharian has been known as the Armenia's "National Treasure" and is a recipient of multiple awards and was the Armenian Spokesperson in 2007 for the Eurovision Song Contest and Armenian Representative in 2008. It was extremely gratifying for me to support my Armenian Community and preserving the Armenian culture and history with this magnificent event.
The World Armenian Entertainment Awards was hosted by Arpine Gabrielyan, Hrach Muradyan, and Nazeni Hovhannisyan. The three-hour event wowed the guests with an assortment of performances from superstars around the world. The awards ceremony and the red carpet has been broadcasted throughout Southern California and the US, and internationally in South America, Europe, Armenia, Russia, and as well as online by US Armenia TV with five million viewers via terrestrial, cable, satellite and online platforms. The nominees of The World Armenian Entertainment Award 2014 were announced from different categories including cinema, television, music, non-traditional media and fashion. Some of the biggest actors, living legends, and music icons were honored with golden statuettes.
Please see below for the award categories and nominees.
Best Song - Erik "Arajin u miak"
Best Female Singer - Lilit Hovhannisyan
Best Male Singer - Razmik Amyan
Queen of Armenian POP - Sirusho
King of Armenian POP - Tata Simonyan
Best Armenian Movie - Garegin Njdeh - dir Hrach Kheshishyan
Best Diaspora Movie - Lost and Found in Armenia - directed by Gor Kirakosyan
Best TV Project - Kargin Serial
Best Music Video - Emmy "Qez gta" directed by Arthur Manukyan
I would like to take a moment to congratulate all the winners of the World Armenian Entertainment Awards 2014 and wish them all continued success!
In respond to a high volume of emails and social media messages inquiring about my gown, I have decide to wear Zhang Jingjing Couture Spring/Summer 2014 Collection from LA's top showroom Runway Archives and Showroom. Last month, during LA Fashion Week, I saw a model walking down the runway at the Rock That Fashion event wearing this breathtaking handmade gown. It was just the most beautiful dress I have ever seen! It reminded me of a 17th-Century Chinese royal gown with a modern twist to it. The long-trail pink sheer gown was adorned with a shimmering pink beadwork and gorgeous pastel white, pink and yellow floral lace print designs, accentuated with feathers decor of a white long-tailed tropicbird. This breathtaking haute couture gown seemed to have escaped from a fairy tale. The dress definitely stood out to me and I couldn't wait to wear it to The World Armenian Entertainment Awards. Zhang Jingjing has dressed many nationally and internationally A-List celebrities from the LA's Runway Archives Showroom. My personal favorite was when Katy Perry performed Firework song at The X Factor Finale 2013 held in London, United Kingdom where she wore Zhang Jingjing Couture's golden eagle ensemble.
It was indeed a spectacular evening filled with laughter, socializing and glamour; much need Armenian gala --The First Annual World Entertainment Awards 2014!
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