December 13 double-wow in the Nokia at LA LIVE
LOS ANGELES–Legendary French-Armenian superstar Charles Aznavour will be among the more than 100 Armenian music stars being honored on Sunday, December 13, during the star-studded “M Club Music Video Awards” and “Armenian Music Awards” show.
For the first time in Armenian entertainment history, the 7,100-seat Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE will be ground zero for the joint Armenian music and video awards show–a spectacular event that will raise the bar for all future Armenian award and entertainment shows.
Resources from two US-based production companies and three international, local, and Armenian television networks are being synergized to present to attendees the most fascinating nominees from various genres and categories including the most popular and most critically-acclaimed Armenian singers, musicians, albums, and music videos.
Producers Sevak Petrosyan and Arthur Kokozian will be bringing the 3rd Annual “M Club Music Video Awards” and the 10th Annual “Armenian Music Awards” together this year to one stage on the same time.
This is a first combination of both these popular awards shows, which have previously been held at such venues as the Kodak Theatre in the heart of Hollywood and the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. The successes from the flawless first and second M Club Music Video Awards and the decade-long networking of the Armenian Music awards is making it possible for Petrosyan and Kokozian to create the most-professional and blockbuster show ever produced in Armenian entertainment history.
In addition to Aznavour being given awards for a lifetime of achievements, daughter Seta Aznavour is scheduled to perform along with other popular acts like VISA, Element Band, and Reincarnation. Global rock star Serj Tankian’s father will also perform, and he is said to be bringing with him a special guest. The special guest, perhaps Tankian himself, wants to keep his appearance a mystery until the night of the show on December 13.
Armenian divas Nune Yesayan and Shushan Petrosyan, local favorites Karnig Sarkissian and Harut Pamboukjian, and global sensations Arto Tuncboyaciyan from the Armenian Navy Band will come together as well.
A huge and unexpected treat will be a special performance by Russian superstar Irina Allegrova, who also has a surprise for the Nokia audience. BBC Award recipient, newcomer from Armenia Silva Hakobyan, Canadian Mariam Matossian, and other top names from South America, Europe, and the Homeland will also join the festivities.
Also appearing will be former EuroVision top ten contestants Andre and Hayko, along with international sensation Armenchik, rappers Misho and Apeh Jan, Jazz singer Arthur Ispirian, and pop star Hovhaness Shahbazian.
International mainstream music sensations Armen Movsisyan, Victor Espinola, and Alexander Zhiroff – who have collaborated with top artists like Yanni, Ray Charles, and Tonny Bennett – will also participate during the December 13th show. The trio were most recently part of the sold out Yanni show last June at the Nokia.
“We are going share our music, because we are sharing it with our people,” says Movsisyan. “Armenian music is my culture. It is my heritage. It’s my music, and we want to dedicate our art to my people.”
Many surprises are also planned throughout the four-hour program including special appearances by a few Hollywood legends like TV star Mike Connors, top Armenian sportsman like Ultimate Fighting Champion Vanes Martirosyan, and a few Armenian global superstars, reality show stars, who want to keep their appearance a last-minute surprise.
“This show promises to be the biggest event of the year, because coming together are the most popular, the most talented, and the most legendary Armenian artists from around the world,” says Petrosyan of Meridian Studios, the producer of the annual M Club Video Awards. “There is so much excitement in the community, and we hope the event will sell-out at least a week before.”
Tickets for the star-studded night of music and glamour range from $50 to $200, and they are available through Ticketmaster or ARTNticket.com. Phone orders are also available by calling 800-533-3386.
“What is even more unique for this big awards show is that three Armenian television channels are joining forces so that every face on stage and every performance is captured with the best clarity on the big screens at the Nokia,” says Armenian Music Awards producer Arthur Kokozian. “Dozens of cameras will be covering the awards and performances, so that everyone seated anywhere in the Nokia can see every expression on the faces of the performers.”
Among the dozen categories of nominations are best soloists, best album, best electronic, jazz, newcomer, best video, as well as best music video director. Hosts include the M Club’s Tatevik Ekezian and ARTN-Shant TV’s Grisha Aghakhanian. Those living across the US, in Europe, the Middle East, and in Armenia will be able to watch the broadcast via H1, the Armenian Public Television station, Armenian Russian Television, Shant, and Horizon Armenian TV.