16 August 2010 - 0 Comments
The first round of finalists in the 45th instalment of the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards (VNZMA) has been announced.
Wellington’s The Phoenix Foundation leads the charge with the band’s album Buffalo nabbing three finals spots in the Technical Awards section.
Meanwhile, the engineer behind Buffalo, Lee Prebble, grabs two finals berths in the Best Engineer category, the second for Fly My Pretties’ A Story and a third nod in the Best Producer category.
The country’s best engineers, producers and album cover artists are set to be honoured on September 1 when the three Technical Awards will be presented - Best Album Cover, MAINZ Best Engineer and MAINZ Best Producer.
The finalists in the Best Album Cover category are:
Paul Johnson for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation)
Rebekah Atkins, Kieran Rynhart, Mikee Tucker and Anita Liu for A Story (Fly My Pretties)
Ryan Marx for Everything (P-Money)
In the MAINZ Best Engineer category, the finalists are:
The finalists for MAINZ Best Producer are:
Jeremy Toy for Standing In The Rain (Opensouls)
Lee Prebble and Barnaby Weir for A Story (Fly My Pretties)
The Phoenix Foundation for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation)
RIANZ CEO Campbell Smith says: “We are gearing up for another exciting year for the music awards, and it’s always great to kick things off by honouring those who do crucial behind-the-scenes work. The hours of work in the studio from recording engineers and producers, and creativity from artists who design amazing covers, give our music releases that special polish – and it’s great to award these efforts.”
The winners of the technical awards will be announced on 1 September at the Langham Hotel in Auckland where RIANZ hosts the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards Finalists’ Announcement and Technical Awards presentation.
The recipient of the fourth annual New Zealand Herald Legacy Award will also be also announced at the event and honoured at the main awards at the Vector Arena on October 7. That artist will also be also inducted by RIANZ and APRA into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.
The finalists for the main awards – now in their 45th year – will be revealed at the same function in Auckland on September 1. The main awards categories are:
Vodafone Album of the Year
Vodafone Single of the Year
Steinlager Pure Best Group
Best Male Solo Artist
Mazda Best Female Solo Artist
Pacific Blue Breakthrough Artist of the Year
C4 Best Music Video
Best Pop Album
PPNZ Best Rock Album
Best Urban / Hip Hop Album
Best Electronica Album
Kiwi FM Best Aotearoa Roots Album
Best Gospel / Christian Album
Best Classical Album
Vodafone Peoples’ Choice Award
No finalists are announced for the Highest Selling NZ Single, Highest Selling NZ Album and the New Zealand on Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year awards. These, along with the International Achievement award – which is judged by the RIANZ Board and awarded at the Board’s discretion – will be announced at the main awards on October 7.