Gin Wigmore has topped off a great year with four New Zealand Music Awards - but her Tui success was tempered by several surprise wins in other categories.
The soul singer won four of the six awards she was nominated for at tonight's ceremony: Album of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Pop Album, and Highest Selling New Zealand Album.
She told Stuff.co.nz that she was 'stoked' about her win.
"I’ll prob make a shrine and burn incense, the plan for tonight is to get drunk," she said.
That caps off 12 months that has included her album Holy Smoke going triple platinum, and the singles Too Late For Lovers, Oh My, Hey Ho and I Do all featuring in the top 40 simultaneously. Wigmore is based in Sydney, tours America frequently and is about to embark on a six-date New Zealand tour.
Wigmore missed out in two categories at tonight's star-studded Auckland awards ceremony, stopping her from aping Ladyhawke's clean sweep at last year's event.
She lost the Female Solo Artist Award to Anika Moa, and the People's Choice Award, which went to Stan Walker.
The Australian Idol winner - who was born in Melbourne but raised in Tauranga - was the night's other big winner, taking home four awards including Highest Selling New Zealand Single, International Achievement and Radio Airplay Record of the Year thanks to his hit Black Box.
Dane Rumble, who received six nominations, only managed to scoop up one, for Best Male Solo Artist.
Young pop upstarts Kids of 88 won two Tui trophies, both for the song Just a Little Bit. They took out Single of the Year, while the accompanying video, directed by Tim Van Dammen, won Best Music Video.
In other categories, The Phoenix Foundation were named Best Group, The Checks took out Best Rock Album for Alice By the Moon and David Dallas was crowned with the Best Urban/Hip-Hop Album thanks to his LP Something Awesome.
Opensouls won Best Aotearoa Roots Album for Standing in the Rain, while Best Eectronica Album went to Bulletproof for his dubstep-infused newbie Soundtrack to Forever.
Rock legends Shihad were honoured with the Legacy Award.
"It’s quite humbling, I feel like a bit of a dick actually, I just didn’t know what to say." Jon Toogood said after being presented with the award.
Music Awards spokesman Campbell Smith said the varied winners proved there was depth and talent in the industry.
"It's fantastic to see such a range of artists celebrated. There is a real breadth and depth in our music, with stars from across all genres, new artists and established acts, all winning Tuis.
"This is real evidence that New Zealand music is flourishing, growing and constantly evolving.
He also heaped praise on Shihad.
"They are a truly legendary and trailblazing New Zealand band and they have probably influenced most, if not all, of the other winners and finalists from tonight, musically and professionally."
Full list of winners:
Album of the Year: Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke
Single of The Year: Kids Of 88 - Just A Little Bit
Best Group: The Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo
Best Male Solo Artist: Dane Rumble - The Experiment
Best Female Solo Artist: Anika Moa - Love in Motion
Breakthrough Artist of The Year: Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke
Best Rock Album: The Checks - Alice By The Moon
Best Pop Album: Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke
Best Urban/Hip Hop Album: David Dallas - Something Awesome
Best Aotearoa Roots Album: Opensouls - Standing In The Rain
Best Music Video: Tim Van Dammen - Just A Little Bit (Kids Of 88)
Best Electronica Album: Bulletproof - Soundtrack To Forever
Best Gospel/Christian Album: Edwin Derricutt - Three Hours South
Best Classical Album: Simon O'Neill - Father & Son: Wagner Scenes & Arias
Peoples' Choice: Stan Walker
Highest Selling NZ Single: Stan Walker - Black Box
Highest Selling NZ Album: Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke
NZ on Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year: Stan Walker - Black Box
International Achievement Award: Stan Walker
Legacy Award: Shihad
Best Album Cover: Paul Johnson for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation)
Best Engineer: Lee Prebble for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation)
Best Producer: The Phoenix Foundation for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation)
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