Four groups share the prestige of having the most Tui nods at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Beloved Kiwi group Six60 will be looking to add to their trophy cabinet which already hosts nine Tui. After releasing their third self-titled album earlier this year, and recently announced as the first kiwi act to sell out Western Springs stadium in Auckland they’re up for four awards in 2018; Album of the Year, Best Group, The Edge Best Pop Artist and Vodafone Single of the Year for ‘Don’t Give It Up’.
Northland-based metal group Alien Weaponry are up for four Tuis for Album of the Year, Best Group, Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist and Best Rock Artist. Their hard-hitting combination of classic thrash and te reo Māori offers a uniquely New Zealand metal experience.
After opening for Ed Sheeran earlier this year, Drax Project have continued to make waves in the New Zealand music scene. The pop group are up for Vodafone Single of the Year for the smash hit ‘Woke Up Late’, along with Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Group and The Edge Best Pop Artist.
Psychedelic rock group Unknown Mortal Orchestra are returning to the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards as finalists in the Album of the Year category for their 2018 album Sex & Food, which was recorded across the globe. In addition, the band is up for Vodafone Single of the Year for the hazy tune ‘Hunnybee’, Best Group, and Best Alternative Artist.
Three-time Tui winner Marlon Williams is a finalist again this year, in the running for Album of the Year for his 2018 release Make Way For Love, as well as Three Best Solo Artist and Best Alternative Artist. He will join two Kiwi songstresses who both have previously won Tui awards themselves, Julia Deans and Tami Neilson who are both finalists for Three Best Solo Artist and Album of the Year - for We Light Fire and Sassafrass! respectively.
Newcomer Robinson is up for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Vodafone Single of the Year for the pop anthem ‘Nothing To Regret’, and Sons of Zion are up for Best Roots Artist and Vodafone Single of the Year for ‘Drift Away’.
Aotearoa’s latest hip hop heavyweight JessB has also received the finalist nod for Best Hip Hop Artist alongside Kings and Onehunga’s own SWIDT, who won two Tuis last year including Best Hip Hop Artist. JessB is also in the running for Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Also being celebrated is the latest wave of New Zealand’s electronic artists, who push the boundaries of dance music in Aotearoa. The finalists for Best Electronic Artist this year are Arma Del Amor, Boycrush and Chores.
Other finalists include Kimbra (Three Best Solo Artist, The Edge Best Pop Artist), Troy Kingi (Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist, Best Soul / R&B Artist), Katchafire (Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist, Best Roots Artist), Mitch James (Vodafone Single of the Year), L.A.B. (Breakthrough Artist of the Year), Cairo Knife Fight (Best Rock Artist), Skinny Hobos (Best Rock Artist), Wax Chattels (Best Alternative Artist), Tomorrow People (Best Roots Artist), Israel Starr (Best Soul / R&B Artist), and Vince Harder (Best Soul / R&B Artist).
EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth, Equippers Revolution, and Kane Adams are finalists for Best Worship Artist, while Eve de Castro Robinson, Henry Wong Doe, and Michael Houstoun have all been recognised as finalists for Best Classical Artist.
For the first time, all finalists are eligible for the Vodafone People’s Choice Award, which is announced at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards on 15 November. Voting for the Vodafone People’s Choice Award will be opening soon to the public.
Recorded Music New Zealand CEO Damian Vaughan says the success of Kiwi musicians across different genres is a reminder of New Zealand’s diverse, vibrant music scene.
“From rock and metal through to reggae, electronica, hip hop and funk, there’s so much diversity in the music being created by Aotearoa’s talented musicians at the moment,” says Vaughan.
“We’re proud of all recording artists in New Zealand who are taking charge of their own creativity and pushing the boundaries of what is Kiwi music is capable of.”
The recipients of the Vodafone Highest Selling Single, Highest Selling Album, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year, Recorded Music NZ Legacy Award, and the International Achievement Award will also be announced at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
VNZMA 2018 Finalists (by category)
Album of the Year Alien Weaponry – Tū Julia Deans – We Light Fire Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love Six60 – Six60 Tami Neilson – Sassafrass! Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food
Vodafone Single of the Year Drax Project – ‘Woke Up Late’ Mitch James – ‘21’ Robinson – ‘Nothing To Regret’ Six60 – ‘Don't Give It Up’ Sons Of Zion – ‘Drift Away’ Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Hunnybee’
Best Group Alien Weaponry – Tū Drax Project - Noon Six60 - Six60 Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food
THREE Best Solo Artist Julia Deans – We Light Fire Kimbra – Primal Heart Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love Tami Neilson – Sassafrass!
Breakthrough Artist of the Year Drax Project JessB L.A.B. Robinson
Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist Alien Weaponry Katchafire Troy Kingi
The Edge Best Pop Artist Drax Project Kimbra Six60
Best Alternative Artist Marlon Williams Unknown Mortal Orchestra Wax Chattels
Best Soul/RnB Artist Israel Starr Troy Kingi Vince Harder
Best Hip Hop Artist JessB Kings SWIDT
Best Roots Artist Katchafire Sons of Zion Tomorrow People
Best Electronic Artist Arma Del Amor Boycrush Chores
Best Rock Artist Alien Weaponry Cairo Knife Fight Skinny Hobos
Best Worship Artist EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth Choir Equippers Revolution Kane Adams
Best Classical Artist Eve de Castro Robinson Henry Wong Doe Michael Houstoun
Vodafone People’s Choice Award
Recorded Music NZ Legacy Award
Vodafone Highest Selling Single
Highest Selling Album
NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year
Additional Tuis presented in 2018
Best Pacific Album Winner: Ladi 6 – Royal Blue 3000 EP
EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa'afetai Le Atua
Noah Slee – Otherland
Sol3 Mio – A Very Merry Christmas
SWIDT – Stoneyhunga
Best Country Artist Winner: Reb Fountain – Hopeful and Hopeless Lana Doublet – Beautiful Human
Phil Doublet – Strength, Love, Music & Light
Best Folk Artist Winner: Albi & The Wolves – One Eye Open Reb Fountain – Little Arrows Candice Milner – Evergreen
Best Jazz Artist Winner: Umar Zakaria – Fearless Music Hayden Chisholm, Norman Meehan and Paul Dyne – Unwind Lucien Johnson – West of the Sun
Best Children’s Artist Winner: Levity Beet – My Best Friend Jake Is A Cyborg Chanelle & Friends – The Little Green Turtle And Other Songs For Kids Moe & Friends – The Moe Album
The New Zealand Music Foundation marked Mental Health Awareness Week with the launch of the second edition of its landmark NZ Music Community Wellbeing Survey into the health and wellbeing of people working and volunteering in live and recorded music in New Zealand.
With a week’s worth of events, Music Therapy New Zealand’s annual awareness campaign will run from October 20-28 to draw attention to the life-changing affect of music therapy and the support services available in New Zealand.
Recorded Music New Zealand has announced the three finalists for the inaugural Music Teacher of the Year Tui, with each being recognised for their incredible impact on their students and the local community.
Auckland’s Spark Arena has switched to 100% compostable serve ware for public events. This week, the venue is implementing stage one of its Zero Waste Strategy, replacing all single-use cups and hot food packaging with carefully sourced plant-based alternatives.
Recorded Music New Zealand has revealed the new direction of the Vodafone New ZealandMusic Awards with a rejuvenated programme of build-up events and a new Tui trophy designed by renowned artist Dick Frizzell.
Independent Music NZ is proud to announce the now sold out Going Global Music Summit is the first New Zealand event to take place having signed the global pledge, Keychange, promoting gender equality across the music industry.
On Friday September 21 2018, the music industry and associated businesses will walk the 16km Coast to Coast from Onehunga to downtown Auckland to raise money for road crew “roadies” who may have fallen on hard times. This is not a race, it’s a walk.
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Please spread the word to anyone who loves the song, or has lost someone too early also, feel free to leave any dedications in the comments of which we will share direct for Toyahs’ family and the band to see.
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