Pop princess Kimbra has won the 2011 Critics' Choice Award.
The singer received the award at a showcase gig on Thursday night, where she performed alongside the other two finalists - Popstrangers and The Unfaithful Ways.
The Critics' Choice Award was launched last year in association with the New Zealand Music Awards as a way of nurturing and recognising up-coming talent.
Selected by panel of music critics, the trio of acts were picked as being ones to watch for the future.
Chris Caddick, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, described the night's performances as a "totally, absolutely, mind-blowingly awesome show".
Kimbra released her debut album Vows in September and has reached the top of the charts in New Zealand, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands.
In August the 21-year-old signed an international deal with Warner Bros. Records and her hit single Cameo Lover won top prize in the Pop Category of the International Songwriting Competition earlier this year.
The award was won by Auckland-trio Street Chant last year.
- Auckland Now