Rock bands Opshop and Evermore have been named as finalists in five categories at this year's Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Opshop's latest album, Second Hand Planet, and single, Maybe, are nominated as album and single of the year, and the band is also up for the people's choice award, best group and best rock album.
The evening will be a battle of North Island versus South, with Fielding rock group Evermore named in the same categories.
However, the five nominations have spoilt the plans of lead singer Jason Kerrison "to bail early and get some dinner at the food court".
"We are pretty stunned really, and elated," the 28-year-old singer said.
"The company we are keeping is unreal, so I'm really stoked," he said.
Kerrison and fellow Cantabrians Bobby Kennedy, Matt Treacy and Clint Harris, who make up Opshop, are now hoping for the honour of playing at the awards ceremony at Auckland's ASB Theatre on October 18.
Hollie Smith and Brooke Fraser each scored four nominations. The Mint Chicks and Liam Finn were nominated in three categories while Shapeshifter and the Black Seeds had two nominations.
Evermore, Brooke Fraser, Opshop, The Black Seeds and Shapeshifter were also nominated for the people's choice award which is voted on by the public via text message.
"The finalists this year come from a strong and broad stable of Kiwi artists producing great music," said awards spokesman Campbell Smith.
Also announced at Wednesday night's event was the first ever recipient of the Legacy Award, 'New Zealand's Elvis' Johnny Devlin.
The 42nd annual awards ceremony takes place at Auckland's Aotea Centre on October 18.
New Zealand Music Awards Finalists:
Album of the Year: Brooke Fraser, Albertine; Evermore, Real Life; Hollie Smith, Long Player; Opshop, Second Hand Planet; The Mint Chicks, Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Single of the Year: Brooke Fraser, Deciphering Me; Evermore, Light Surrounding You; Liam Finn, Second Chance; Opshop, Maybe; The Tutts, K.
People's Choice Award: Evermore, Brooke Fraser, Opshop, The Black Seeds, Shapeshifter.
Best Group: Evermore, Real Life; Opshop, Second Hand Planet; The Mint Chicks, Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Best Male Solo Artist: Greg Johnson, Anyone Can Say Goodbye; Paul McLaney, Edin; Tim Finn, Imaginary Kingdom.
Best Female Solo Artist: Brooke Fraser, Albertine; Hollie Smith, Long Player; Hayley Westenra, Treasure.
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Atlas, Crawl; Hollie Smith, Long Player; Liam Finn, Second Chance.
Best Rock Album: Evermore, Real Life; Opshop, Second Hand Planet; The Mint Chicks, Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Best Urban/Hip Hop Album: 4 Corners, The Foundations; Deceptikonz, Heavy Rotation; PNC, Rookie Card.
Best Aotearoa Roots Album: Age Pryor, Shanks Pony; Hollie Smith, Long Player; The Black Seeds, Into the Dojo.
Best Music Video: Angus Sutherland and Liam Finn, Second Chance (Liam Finn); Sam Peacocke, Crazy?Yes!Dumb?No! (The Mint Chicks); Stephen Tolfrey, Maybe (Opshop).
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Bulletproof, Shake The Foundations; Shapeshifter, Soulstice; State Of Mind, Take Control.
Best Maori Album: Adam Whauwhau, Tukuna Mai; Richard Nunns and Hirini Melbourne, Te Whaiao: Te Ku Te Whe Remixed; Toi Hautu, Na Te Atua.
Best Gospel/Christian Album: Hannah Donald, Unfinished Journey; Magnify, Alive Within; Rapture Ruckus, I Believe.
Best Classical Album: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and James Judd, Lilburn, Orchestral Works; John Psathas, View From Olympus; Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Kiri Sings Karl.
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