NZ music awards honour stars young and old
The new generation are the big winners at the 2007 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards announced in Auckland tonight (October 18, 2007).
It's a multi-Tui night for Hollie Smith and The Mint Chicks who take home three Tuis. Australia-based artists, Feilding-raised band Evermore and Wellington singer Brooke Fraser each snare two awards.
The Mint Chicks take out the coveted Nokia Album of the Year Tui with Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! as well as the Steinlager Pure Best Group award and PPNZ Best Rock Album.
Hollie Smith bathes in the glory of Mazda Best Female Artist, KIWI FM Breakthrough Artist and Best Aotearoa Roots Album for Long Player.
Evermore takes home two Tuis including the Vodafone Single of the Year for Light Surrounding You and the 2007 International Achievement Award.
Brooke Fraser's Albertine takes out The Warehouse Highest Selling Album, while the album's lead single Deciphering Me is awarded the Tui for the NZ on Air Airplay Record of the Year.
Johnny Devlin is also honoured for his contribution to New Zealand Music. Devlin receives The New Zealand Herald Legacy Award for his ground-breaking work as the Nation's first rock'n'roller. He has also been inducted into New Zealand's Music Hall of Fame.
Devlin also received a special tribute at the awards ceremony from Jon Toogood (Shihad), Shayne Carter (Dimmer), Paul Roper (The Mint Chicks) and Mike Hall (Pluto). The specially-formed supergroup, the New Devils, performed their own rendition of Devlin's classic hit Lawdy Miss Clawdy.
Others taking home Tuis in 2007 are:
• The Vodafone People's Choice Award, voted by New Zealand music fans: Opshop
• C4 Best Music Video: Sam Peacocke for The Mint Chicks Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
• Best Urban/Hip Hop Album: PNC for Rookie Card
• Best Dance / Electronica Album: Shapeshifter picks up the for Soulstice
• Highest Selling Singles: Atlas for Crawl
• Best Maori Album: Richard Nunns & Hirini Melbourne for Te Whaiao: Te Ku Te Whe Remixed
• Best Gospel / Christian Album: Rapture Ruckus ,I Believe.
• Best Male Solo Artist: Tim Finn for Imaginary Kingdom (his 15th album either in collaboration or as a solo artist)
• Best Classical Album: John Psathas for View From Olympus.
New Zealand Music Awards spokesperson Campbell Smith says the music industry is delighted to see such a strong showing by the relative newcomers.
"Tonight's awards clearly show the industry is very strong and there is a great deal of young talent coming through - that is a very healthy state indeed.
"Having heaped praise on our newest stars, we are also delighted to honour Johnny Devlin, our original Mr Rock 'n Roll, with the New Zealand Herald Legacy Award."
About the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards:
The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards are presented by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) and are held annually to celebrate the achievements of New Zealand musicians. The 42nd Annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards ceremony takes place in the ASB Theatre of Auckland's Aotea Centre - The Edge® on Thursday October 18.
Tuis awarded at separate functions throughout the year, and again recognised at the awards are Best Folk Album, Best Pacific Music Album and Best Country Music Album.
The Best Jazz Album Tui is to be presented at the Wellington International Jazz Festival in November and the winner will be acknowledged at the New Zealand Music Awards 2008.