Six music award nods for Kimbra

ON FIRE: Kimbra is nominated for six Tui Awards.
ON FIRE: Kimbra is nominated for six Tui Awards.

Pop darling Kimbra leads the chase for this year's Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards with a hefty six nominations.

The finalists for the top awards were announced tonight at The Cloud in Auckland.

Along with the Hamilton-born singer, four other artists were named as finalists in multiple categories.

Home Brew and Six60 are up for five awards each, Gin Wigmore has four nominations and Opossom could walk away with three Tuis.

The winners will be named at Auckland's Vector Arena on November 1.

Kimbra is in the running for Album of the Year for her debut release Vows, Single of the Year for Warrior, Best Female Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Pop Album and the People's Choice Award.

Vows debuted at number three on the New Zealand charts and has gone on to turn the 22-year-old into an international star.  She is currently on tour in the US.

In this year's categories, it's a case of boys against girls. All finalists in the running for Best Pop Album are female - Bic Runga (Belle), Gin Wigmore (Gravel & Wine) and Kimbra (Vows) - while it's all men who make up the Best Rock Album category: Clap Clap Riot (Counting Spins), The Checks (Deadly Summer Sway) and Head Like A Hole (Blood Will Out).

The Legacy Award will be presented to punk rock legends Toy Love on the night, who will also be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

Recording Industry Association of New Zealand's Chris Caddick said the band, featuring Chris Knox, have helped shape the local music scene.

"Those of us lucky enough to have seen them live can say we truly saw music history in the making. Their classic singles and legendary albums continue to influence artists in New Zealand and all around the world to this day."

Meanwhile up-and-coming acts will vie for the Critics Choice Prize.

Young MC, producer and song-writer Loui The Zu is up against Chelsea Jade Metcalf's solo project Watercolours and Auckland's Beach Pigs for the prize that has previously been won by The Naked and Famous, Street Chant, Kimbra and Home Brew.

Local musicians Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Black Seeds, Annah Mac, Six60 and Home Brew will all perform at the awards ceremony.

Tickets are available through from October 3 and cost $25.


Album of The Year

Home Brew – Home Brew
Kimbra – Vows
Opossom – Electric Hawaii
Six60 – Six60
The Adults – The Adults

Vodafone Single of The Year
Annah Mac – Girl in Stilettos
Gin Wigmore – Black Sheep
Kimbra – Warrior
Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots
The Adults – Nothing To Lose

FOUR Best Group
Home Brew – Home Brew
Opossom – Electric Hawaii
Six60 – Six60

Best Male Solo Artist
Bulletproof – Dub Me Crazy
Seth Haapu – Seth Haapu
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Best Female Solo Artist

Gin Wigmore – Gravel & Wine
Kimbra – Vows
Ladyhawke – Anxiety

Breakthrough Artist of The Year
Annah Mac – Little Stranger
Home Brew – Home Brew
Kimbra – Vows

Rockshop Best Rock Album

The Checks – Deadly Summer Sway
Clap Clap Riot – Counting Spins
Head Like a Hole – Blood Will Out

The Edge Best Pop Album

Bic Runga – Belle
Gin Wigmore – Gravel & Wine
Kimbra - Vows

Best Alternative Album
Ladyhawke – Anxiety
Opossom – Electric Hawaii
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unkown Mortal Orchestra

Best Urban / Hip Hop Album
Adeaze – Rise & Shine
Home Brew – Home Brew
Savage – Mayhem & Miracles

Best Roots Album

Hollie Smith – Hollie Smith & Mara TK Band of Brothers Vol.1
The Black Seeds – Dust And Dirt
Tomorrow People – ONE

Best Electronica Album
Bulletproof – Dub Me Crazy
Concord Dawn – Air Chrysalis
Six60 – Six60

NZ On Air Best Music Video
Special Problems – Take a Picture (David Dallas)
Special Problems – The Sun (The Naked and Famous)
Special Problems – My Calculator (Zowie)

Best Maori Album
Ria Hall – Ria Hall
Upper Hutt Posse – Declaration of Resistance
Whirimako Black and Richard Nunns – Te More

Best Gospel / Christian Album
Parachute Band – Matins:Vespers
Rapture Ruckus – Open Your Eyes
The Ember Days – Emergency

KBB Music Best Classical Album
Anthony Ritchie and The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – A Bugle Will Do
Christopher Blake – Angel at Ahipara
Eve de Castro-Robinson – Releasing the Angel

Vodafone People’s Choice Award
Gin Wigmore
Home Brew
Stan Walker

New Zealand Herald Legacy Award
Toy Love

Beach Pigs
Loui the Zu

Best Album Cover to Angela Keoghan for Dearly Departed (Bannerman)
MAINZ Best Engineer to Kody Nielson for Belle (Bic Runga)
MAINZ Best Producer to Neil Baldock for Me & Moon (Lydia Cole)

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