Robson’s Reiss Zibin has just returned from the International Portuguese Music Awards.
Although she did not win the award for Best Pop Performance for her song For the Rest of My Life, Zibin said “It was a fantastic opportunity. It was just great.”
The awards were held in New Bedford, Mass. and included a red carpet event and an awards show.
For the former, Zibin wore a glamorous black and gold gown and had her hair and make up professionally done. The event included drinks, appetizers, a runway show by top models, performances and lots of red carpet photos.
The four-hour awards show included a good number of performances to go along with the awards.
“Seeing my name on the screen was really cool,” Zibin said. “It popped up, said my name, showed my album cover, and then played a clip of my song.”
Zibin’s nominee pass included a ride in a party bus limo. “That was really cool to experience. I had never been in one of those!
“I met so many incredible people. One of my favourite parts was really seeing the Portuguese heritage out there. It was amazing. There were so many people from all over the world — we met people from Luxembourg and Australia.”
Zibin got to meet the opening act of the show, The Portuguese Kids. The group is a popular comedy troupe and she is still in contact with them, working on arrangements for a possible visit to Castlegar.
Zibin did make it into the top four in the People’s Choice category.
“To just be nominated by all the people who voted for me was huge thing, because that was international. It is amazing how all of my fans can do that for me. They put all that work and love into supporting a local artist.”