Lorde wins four Tuis at Vodafone NZ Music Awards

ROYALS PERFORMANCE: Lorde opened the Vodafone NZ Music Awards show at Auckland's Vector Arena.
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ROYALS PERFORMANCE: Lorde opened the Vodafone NZ Music Awards show at Auckland's Vector Arena.
PRAISE BE: She went on to win four of the Tuis at the event.
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PRAISE BE: She went on to win four of the Tuis at the event.
SONG BIRD: Aaradhna added three Tuis to her recent haul of musical accolades.
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SONG BIRD: Aaradhna added three Tuis to her recent haul of musical accolades.
SINGLE WIN: Brett Brett McKenzie of Flight Of The Conchords and children who helped with the lyrics accepted the award for Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That).
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SINGLE WIN: Brett Brett McKenzie of Flight Of The Conchords and children who helped with the lyrics accepted the award for Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That).
LONG TIMERS: Shona Laing, seen here with Jordan Luck, was the Legacy Award  recipient
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LONG TIMERS: Shona Laing, seen here with Jordan Luck, was the Legacy Award recipient
DELTA BOYS: Shapeshifter's fifth album Delta saw the group win awards for best group and best electronica album.
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DELTA BOYS: Shapeshifter's fifth album Delta saw the group win awards for best group and best electronica album.

The night belonged to the girls.

Lorde has taken over the New Zealand music scene and her influence was all over the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards tonight.

She started the show, held at Auckland's Vector Arena, with a powerful rendition of her smash hit single Royals and ended with a haul of awards for single of the year for Royals, breakthrough artist of the year, international achievement award and the people's choice award. 

RISE CONTINUES: Lorde has achieved success across the globe.
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RISE CONTINUES: Lorde has achieved success across the globe.

In her first acceptance speech for the international achievement award she thanked her family for keeping her sane in "a world for me that is always changing" and each speech thereafter she kept the crowd enthralled with her witticisms. 

Lorde, aka Ella Yelich-O'Connor, was up against Stan Walker, boy-band Titanium, Aaradhna, and Shapeshifter for the people's choice award.

Lorde has enjoyed great success here and abroad – most notably retaining the top spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks.

SING PRAISE: Lorde accepted her awards and opened the show.
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SING PRAISE: Lorde accepted her awards and opened the show.

She has also appeared on top US talk shows - performing live on Ellen, Later with Jools Holland and The Late Show with David Letterman.

The night was not completely Lorde's, though, with Wellington songbird Aaradhna adding three Tuis to her impressive gallery of music accolades – including the coveted album of the year award; and Christchurch-drum and bass group Shapeshifter picking up two tuis.

 

Hosts Shannon Ryan and Stan Walker were almost upstaged, too, by television presenter Paul Henry who managed to offend almost everyone in the room as he presented awards with TV3 colleague Sam Hayes. 

Live performances on the night included songs from boyband Titanium, Jamie McDell, Iva Lamkum and Ruby Frost who performed a tribute to Shona Laing. 

2013 has also been a big year for 29-year-old Aaradhna. As well as securing a record-breaking six awards at the 2013 Pacific Music Awards, she has also recently completed a successful tour of the US.

 

Shapeshifter's fifth album Delta saw the group win awards for best group and best electronica album. The band was also a finalist for album of the year and single of the year.

Jamie McDell won best pop album for studio album Six Strings and a Sailboat. The award for best rock album went to four-piece alternative band Villainy for their debut album Mode. Set. Clear.

Fat Freddy's Drop won best roots album with their third full-length album Blackbird. It is the band's eighth Tui.

Best male solo artist was awarded to Lawrence Arabia – the pseudonym for Christchurch-born James Milne – for his third album The Sparrow.

Album of the Year

Aaradhna, Treble & Reverb

Single of the Year

Lorde, Royals

Best Group

Shapeshifter, Delta

Best Male Solo Artist

Lawrence Arabia, The Sparrow

Best Female Solo Artist

Aaradhna, Treble & Reverb

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Lorde, The Love Club EP

Best Rock Album

Villainy, Mode. Set. Clear.

Best Pop Album

Jamie McDell, Six Strings and a Sailboat

Best Alternative Album

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II

Best Urban/Hip Hop Album

Aaradhna, Treble & Reverb

Best Roots Album

Fat Freddy's Drop, Blackbird

Best Electronica Album

Shapeshifter, Delta

Best Music Video

Joel Kefali, Royals (Lorde)

Best Maori Album

Maisey Rika, Whitiora

Best Gospel/Christian Album

Strahan, Posters

Best Classical Album

Michael Houstoun, Lilburn

International Achievement Award

Lorde

People's Choice Award

Lorde

Highest Selling Single

Flight Of The Conchords, Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)

Highest Selling Album

Peter Posa, White Rabbit: The Very Best Of

Radio Airplay Award

Stan Walker, Take It Easy

Legacy Award recipient

Shona Laing

Critics' Choice Prize Line-Up

Sheep, Dog & Wolf


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