Let the mu­sic play:

Hit­ting the high notes with The New Zealand Mu­sic Awards.

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It’s one of the big­gest nights on the New Zealand en­ter­tain­ment cal­en­dar and this year the hosts are singer Stan Walker and The Project’s Kanoa Lloyd.

We’re talk­ing about The New Zealand Mu­sic Awards,a star-stud­ded evening at­tended by some of the coun­try’s most beloved per­form­ers and celebrity guests.

For Walker, who shot to fame af­ter win­ning Aus­tralian Idol in 2009, this will be the sec­ond time he has hosted the awards. Back in 2013 he teamed up with then The Block NZ pre­sen­ter Shan­non Ryan.

His first ex­pe­ri­ence with the an­nual awards night was a few years be­fore that when he was rel­a­tively new to the mu­sic busi­ness.

“I re­mem­ber it wasn’t too long af­ter Idol,” re­calls Walker.

“It was just a buzz be­cause I didn’t know that I had a fan base or that any­thing was hap­pen­ing for me in New Zealand.

“So it was cool to come back to New Zealand and be able to per­form at the first time that I went to the awards.”

Walker picked up mul­ti­ple awards that night and an­other one the

“I don’t know if I’m cool enough to be Stan’s friend.”

– Kanoa Lloyd with Stan Walker

fol­low­ing year. Un­til re­cently, his tro­phies from these awards shows were in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions. “I’ve only just got them back,” he says. “I had a few of them in my niece’s lit­tle kitch­enette. “She had three of them in there and then my mum had some and then I had some in stor­age from my house in Syd­ney. They are at my house now. I think I’ve got all of them. I don’t know.” Walker, 28, was born in Aus­tralia and is well used to flit­ting back and forth across the Tas­man but now lives in Auck­land. Ear­lier this year he was the sub­ject of Stan, an un­flinch­ing and in­tensely per­sonal doc­u­men­tary in which he had his stom­ach re­moved. His re­cov­ery took months but Walker, who was gear­ing up to do a na­tion­wide tour when he spoke to TV Guide, says his health is now “re­ally good”. “I’m healthy as,” he says. “I’m fit. My voice is in bet­ter con­di­tion than it’s ever been. I just can’t eat the old bad food that I used to love eat­ing.” It is a busy time for Walker with his tour and the up­com­ing Mu­sic Awards which re­unites him with Kanoa Lloyd. “I met Stan on and off over the years,” Lloyd says. “He used to come into Mai FM when I was work­ing there. I think I in­ter­viewed him when I was at Four Live. But I guess we re­ally con­nected through our work at The Project. He’s been a fourth host on The Project a cou­ple of times now.

“Ear­lier this year Stan opened up about his jour­ney through can­cer and he and I talked a bit about that and putting that story out there.

“It’s a rare thing but some­times when you do an in­ter­view ... you do feel way closer to that per­son.

“I think that’s what hap­pened there. He might feel dif­fer­ently. I don’t know if I’m cool enough to be Stan’s friend.”

Lloyd says that Walker, who is used to be­ing on stage, will be a ter­rific co-host.

“Stan is just 100 per cent Stan,” she says. “How he is on stage is how he is in the green room mak­ing a cup of tea and I think that’s what peo­ple re­late to. He’s hi­lar­i­ous and charm­ing.”

Un­like Walker, Lloyd’s skills don’t lie in the mu­sic de­part­ment.

“I do sing but I’m not go­ing to say it’s good,” she says.

“I do sing in the car. I sing Happy Birth­day to my friends. Stan’s got all the tal­ent.

“I’ve been to piano lessons, I’ve been to vi­o­lin lessons, I’ve been to gui­tar lessons, I’ve been to recorder lessons but it never stuck.”

But whether you are mu­si­cally gifted or not, Lloyd reck­ons the Mu­sic Awards are some­thing we can all en­joy and ap­pre­ci­ate.

“I think that New Zealand mu­sic is the sound­track to us,” she says.

“I think that whether you are a mas­sive hip-hop head or you’re a punk kid or you’re su­per into pop mu­sic, these artists and the songs and the work that they’re mak­ing, it’s there in the back­ground for all of us all the time.

“So it gives us a chance to say thanks to these mu­si­cians for mak­ing our lives a bit cooler, more glam­orous and more in­ter­est­ing.”

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