Six60, Kimbra dominate awards
International star Kimbra took out five Tuis, including the coveted album of year prize, at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards in Auckland last night.
The Hamilton-born 22-year-old was presented with the Tui for her debut album Vows by British folk band Mumford and Sons at the Vector Arena.
Kimbra also won an international achievement award – along with last year's big winners The Naked and Famous – and claimed best female solo artist, breakthrough artist of the year and best pop album.
Legendary Kiwi band Toy Love were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame with the presentation of the Legacy Award.
Band Six60 won six Tuis – best single, people's choice, best group, highest selling New Zealand album, and single, and the New Zealand radio airplay record of the year. Their self-titled album debuted at No 1 in the New Zealand charts and was certified gold in its first week.
There was glamour on the red carpet, but not from controversial group Home Brew, which arrived with a goat, which left an unfortunate brown stain on the red carpet. They picked up best urban/hip hop album for their No 1 self-titled release.
Local-actor-done-good Karl Urban took time out of his promotional schedule for the Hollywood hit Dredd 3D to present Auckland company Special Problems the best music video award for The Naked and Famous' The Sun. The production team was nominated for all three video finalists.
American singer Ben Harper presented the best roots award to The Black Seeds.
In a double win for the Nielson family, Ruban's Unknown Mortal Orchestra were best male solo artists, while Kody's Opossom group won the alternative album gong.
The Checks took out the male-dominated rock album award.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Album of The Year
Kimbra – Vows
Single of The Year
Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots
Six60 – Six60
Best Male Solo Artist
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Best Female Solo Artist
Kimbra – Vows
Breakthrough Artist of The Year
Kimbra – Vows
Best Rock Album
The Checks – Deadly Summer Sway
Best Pop Album
Kimbra - Vows
Best Alternative Album
Opossom – Electric Hawaii
Best Urban / Hip Hop Album
Home Brew – Home Brew
Best Roots Album
The Black Seeds – Dust And Dirt
Best Electronica Album
Concord Dawn – Air Chrysalis
Best Music Video
Special Problems – The Sun (The Naked and Famous)
Best Maori Album
Ria Hall – Ria Hall
Best Gospel / Christian Album
Parachute Band – Matins:Vespers
Best Classical Album
Christopher Blake – Angel at Ahipara
People’s Choice Award
2012 CRITICS’ CHOICE PRIZE LINE-UP:
WINNERS OF TECHNICAL AWARDS:
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)
- Auckland Now