NZ Music Award winners
They say a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, so the armful of Tuis The Naked and Famous and Brooke Fraser walked away with from last night's Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards must be priceless.
Both acts took home five Tui Awards, with The Naked and Famous winning the coveted Russian Standard Vodka Album of the Year Award and Fraser the International Achievement Award.
The Auckland indie band took home awards for Single of the Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Alternative Album and they won Best Music Video for Punching In A Dream, produced by Special Problems.
Lead guitarist Thom Powers said the wins were unexpected.
"I came into tonight dreading making a fool of myself saying thank you.
"It's flattering, it's wonderful but everyone's wonderful."
As well as her international achievement, Fraser, who has just finished a tour of the UK and Europe, also won Best Pop Album, Highest Selling New Zealand Single for Something In The Water, Highest Selling New Zealand Album for Flags and the People's Choice Award.
Fraser said she was worried about getting her five trophies home.
"I've just come off three months tour so my luggage is pretty packed. These might have to be carry on."
She said next on her agenda was doing some much-needed washing before heading back on the road.
Other big winners included Tiki Taane, with three wins for Best Male Solo Artist as well as Best Electronica and Best Maori Album for his second studio album In The World Of Light.
Best Female Solo Artist went to Ladi6, whose album The Liberation Of also took home the Tui for Best Urban Hip Hop Album - an award she also picked up in 2009.
Along with the awards, Auckland's Vector Arena came to life with performances from Fraser and The Naked and Famous, as well as Ladi6, Six60, Avalanche City and Taane, who performed alongside the "love police" in a nod to his brush with the law earlier this year.
And it was a case of one Kiwi classic paying tribute to another as Supergroove performed its own, unique version of Rain to honour this year's Legacy Award winner Dragon.
Recording Industry Association of New Zealand managing director Chris Caddick said it had been a big night for recognising local talent of all ages.
''Every year the awards deliver great New Zealand tunes and provide a benchmark for both the industry and music consumers to gauge how we are performing. What's really pleasing is to see the succession of young musicians very much making their marks.''
Russian Standard Vodka Album of The Year: The Naked and Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You
Vodafone Single of The Year: The Naked and Famous - Young Blood
FOUR Best Group: The Naked and Famous
Best Male Solo Artist: Tiki Taane
Best Female Solo Artist: Ladi6
Pacific Blue Breakthrough Artist of The Year: The Naked and Famous
PPNZ Best Rock Album: Shihad - Ignite
The Edge Best Pop Album: Brooke Fraser - Flags
Best Alternative Album: The Naked and Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You
Serato Best Urban / Hip Hop Album: Ladi6 - The Liberation Of
Best Roots Album: TrinityRoots - Music is Choice
NZ On Air Best Music Video: Special Problems - Punching In A Dream (The Naked and Famous)
Best Electronica Album: Tiki Taane - In the World of Light
Best Maori Album: Tiki Taane - In the World of Light
Best Gospel / Christian Album: Parachute Band - Love Without Measure
Best Classical Album: New Zealand String Quartet - Notes from a Journey
Vodafone People's Choice Award: Brooke Fraser
Highest Selling NZ Single: Brooke Fraser - Something In The Water
Highest Selling NZ Album: Brooke Fraser - Flags
NZ on Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year: Stan Walker - Choose You
International Achievement Award: Brooke Fraser
New Zealand Herald Legacy Award: Dragon
2011 Gravity Coffee Critics' Choice Prize: Kimbra
Winners of technical awards:
Best Album Cover to Nick Keller for Beastwars (Beastwars)
MAINZ Best Engineer to Thom Powers, Aaron Short & Olly Harmer for Passive Me, Aggressive You (The Naked and Famous)
MAINZ Best Producer to Thom Powers and Aaron Short for Passive Me, Aggressive You (The Naked and Famous)