Kiwi music stalwarts Shapeshifter and R&B songstress Aaradhna have been announced as frontrunners in this year’s Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, each claiming five nominations.
The finalists for the 2013 awards were announced at a star-studded function at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel this evening, along with the winners of this year’s Legacy Award and Technical Awards.
For the first time, the New Zealand Herald Legacy Award goes to a female – Shona Laing.
Laing first hit the spotlight aged 17 on the TV show New Faces with her hit 1905. That song and Show Your Love both went gold and peaked at number four on the New Zealand charts.
The Tuis for this year’s Technical Awards were also announced. The award for best album went to Gina Kiel and Harry A’Court for Fat Freddy’s Drop’s Blackbird.
The Phoenix Foundation with Lee Prebble and Brett Stanton nabbed two Tuis for Fandango, for Best Producer and Best Engineer.
The winning artists in other categories will be revealed at the 48th annual awards at Vector Arena.
Following closely behind Shapeshifter and Aaradhna, Unknown Mortal Orchestra racked up four nominations, while Kiwi music sensation Lorde received three nods along with newcomer Jamie McDell and evergreen groups Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Phoenix Foundation.
Lawrence Arabia and Willy Moon both claimed two nominations, alongside this year’s co-host Stan Walker.
“We have a really good mix of genres represented among the finalists in 2013, it’s going to be a brilliant night. There have been some fantastic releases this past year, and all would be deserving winners,” said Damian Vaughan, Recorded Music New Zealand chief executive.
Christchurch-based Shapeshifter’s five places are for Mentos Album of the Year, Vodafone Single of the Year, Steinlager Pure Best Group, Vodafone Peoples’ Choice and George FM Best Electronica Album for Delta. The album also grabs spots for Shapeshifter and The Upbeats in the Best Producer category and for Nick Dwyer in the NZ On Air Best Music Video category.
Aaradhna is a finalist in Mentos Album of the Year, Vodafone Single of the year, Spotify Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban/Hip Hop Album for her album Treble and Reverb. The singer’s also up for Vodafone Peoples’ Choice Award and she picked up a Tui at the 2013 Pacific Music Awards in May taking out Pasefika Proud Best Pacific Music Album.
Ruban Nielson as Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a finalist in Mentos Album and Vodafone Single of the Year, Spotify Best Male Solo Artist and Best Alternative Album for the album II.
Fat Freddy’s Drop is a finalist in Mentos Album of the Year, Steinlager Pure Best Group and Best Roots Album for ‘Blackbird’. The Phoenix Foundation’s ‘Fandango’ nabs finals spots for Mentos Album of the year, Steinlager Pure Best Group and Best Alternative Album.
In the Westpac Hotpoint’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award is up against Jamie McDell and Willy Moon.
McDell’s other spots are in Spotify Best Female Solo Artist and The Edge Best Pop Album while Lorde is in for Vodafone Single of the Year and Vodafone Peoples’ Choice and Moon for Spotify Best Male Solo Artist.
The 2013 line-up for the Critics’ Choice Prize have also been announced. It includes multi-instrumentalist Daniel McBride aka Sheep, Dog & Wolf; US-based singer/songwriter Janine and the Mixtape; and Paquin – the musical outlet of songwriter Tom Healy.
Established in 2010, the prize recognises up-and-coming artists and potential future Tui winners. Past Critics’ Choice Prize nominees include Kimbra and The Naked and Famous.
The three 2013 contenders perform a live showcase at The Kings Arms in Auckland on November 6 before the prize recipient is announced on the night.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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