Len Brown, mayor of Manukau City in New Zealand, is recovering after collapsing with a heart attack at the Pacific Music Awards on Saturday night.
The 51-year old Brown was midway through a speech onstage at the May 31 awards in Manukau City's Pacific Events Centre when he slumped to the floor. He had a four-hour heart bypass surgery Tuesday and is today listed as in a "critical but stable" condition by Auckland Hospital.
Controversy continues to rage on as to whether Television New Zealand and Maori Television, who were filming the event, were forced to surrender footage of the collapse. Organizers say they were only asked to stop filming out of respect. The cameramen claim they were held in a room until tapes were handed over.
The awards (also known as "tuis") are held to celebrate the diversity of Pacific music performed and recorded in New Zealand.
Multi-platinum MC Scribe took out best Pacific male artist for his second album "Rhyme Book" (Mushroom/Warner), and won again for his song "Say It Again" in the best Pacific song category, which he co-wrote with Tyra Hammond, Aaron Iusitini and Jordan Iusitini.
Eleven-piece band Te Vaka, whose music is inspired by the Pacific Islands, took best Pacific group and the tui for the best Pacific music album for "Olatia" (Warm Earth Records).
Other winners were soul blues duo Cydel for urban artist for "Soul Finder" (Grooveless Records) while L.A.-based Christian roots singer Lole Usoalii Apia took female artist for "The Movement" album (Urban Sounds/Roots Down Records), which was recorded in the Pacific island of Samoa.
Reggae band Three Houses Down (Moving Product/EMI NZ) picked up the People's Choice award. Tongan-born ukulele player Sione Aleki (Rajon Music Group) received the lifetime achievement award. Christian singer, songwriter and producer Matthew Salapu Faiumu was awarded the Phillip Fuemana tui, which was set up in remembrance of the late impresario who popularized NZ's hip hop scene with his Pasifika Records.