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.
We’re also celebrating 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.
Key dates for 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards:
• Thursday 11th October
Artisan Awards presented by Massey University finalist announcement
• Thursday 18th October
Recorded Music NZ Legacy Award recipient announcement
• Tuesday 30th October
NZ Music Producer Series starts at Roundhead Studios in Auckland
Music Producer Series Seminar with Gil Norton & Clint Murphy at Roundhead Studios, Auckland
• Wednesday 31st October
Music Designer Series Seminar at Recorded Music NZ, Auckland
• Monday 5th November
Tui Music Series Seminars at Massey Campus Wellington
Artisan Awards, presented by Massey University at Massey Campus Wellington
• Tuesday 6th November
Music Producer Series Seminar with Sylvia Massy at Roundhead Studios, Auckland
• Wednesday 7th November
Music Filmmaker Series at Recorded Music NZ
• Thursday 15th November
Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards ceremony (Spark Arena)
Tickets are on sale now from $35; available from Ticketmaster.
The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards will be broadcast live on Three on 15 November from 8.30pm.