Hamilton pop darling Kimbra leads the chase for this year's Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards as a finalist in six categories.
The finalists for the top awards were announced last night 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 is a finalist in four categories and Opossom could walk away with three awards.
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 No 3 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 United States.
In this year's awards, 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 awarded to punk rock legends Toy Love on the night.
The band 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, had 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," he said.
"Their classic singles and legendary album 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 songwriter 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.
Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Black Seeds, Annah Mac, Six60 and Home Brew will all perform at the awards ceremony.
Tickets are available through www.ticketmaster.co.nz from October 3 and cost $25. Fairfax NZ
- Waikato Times