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Music News - NZ Music Awards finalists announced

NZ Music Awards finalists announced

06 September 2006 - 0 Comments

The finalists in 15 categories for the New Zealand Music Awards 2006 have been announced at a function in Auckland today (September 6).

Finalists in multiple categories include Bic Runga and Elemeno P with four finalists’ nods each while The Bleeders and Frontline are finalists in three awards.

Bic Runga’s 2006 just gets bigger, today she received the Best Producer technical award for her third album Birds while the work also earned engineer Andrew Upston a Tui for Best Engineer.

Bic Runga’s Birds is a finalist in the PlayStation® SingStar Album of the Year while the single Winning Arrow earns a finals nod in the New Zealand Herald Single of the Year category.

Bic’s winsome, transfixing tunes also put her in the running for Best Female Solo Artist and the People’s Choice Award.

For the group’s second album Trouble in Paradise, Elemeno P claims finals berths in the PlayStation® SingStar Album of the Year, KIWI FM Best Group and Best Rock Album categories and also gets backing for the People’s Choice Award.

Altogether 37 artists are featured in the line-up of finalists. The Tui awards are to be presented at a glittering red carpet function in Auckland on October 18.

West Auckland punk rock quintet the Bleeders earn finals berths in KIWI FM Best Group, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Rock Album for Sweet As Sin.

Rap duo Frontline’s Borrowed Time is a finalist in the Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Urban / Hip Hop Album while the group also gets a nod in the People’s Choice Award.

Other artists with finalists nods in multiple categories are; Aaradhna, Anika Moa, Concord Dawn, Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Fly My Pretties and Pluto.
RIANZ music awards spokesperson Campbell Smith says it has been another great year for Kiwi music.

“It’s great to see such a wide spread of nominations across various artists with new and more performers coming to the fore.”

“I imagine we can look forward to an awards show where no one artist dominates but the Tuis are spread about a bit. This has got to be positive for New Zealand music.”

About the New Zealand Music Awards: The 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 41st Annual New Zealand Music Awards ceremony takes place in the ASB Theatre of Auckland’s Aotea Centre - The Edge® on Wednesday October 18. Television audiences will see delayed broadcasts on C4 on Thursday October 19 from 8.30 pm. TV3 also broadcasts the show on Saturday October 21.

A limited number of public tickets to the awards are $47.50 p.p. (incl. GST, plus any booking fee) and available from Ticketek, Real Groovy, Sounds, CD & DVD Store and Marbecks.

The Tuis presented at the NZ Music Awards 2006 ceremony are for:

PlayStation®2 SingStar Album of the Year
The New Zealand Herald Single of the Year
KIWI FM Best Group
Best Male Solo Artist
Best Female Solo Artist
Breakthrough Artist of the Year
The Warehouse Highest Selling NZ Album
Highest Selling NZ Single
C4 Best Music Video
Best Rock Album
Best Urban/Hip Hop Album
Best Dance/Electronica Album
Best Aotearoa Roots Album
Best Maori Album
Best Gospel/Christian Album
Best Classical Album
People’s Choice
NZ on Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year.

The People’s Choice Award

Finalists for the People’s Choice Award in 2006 are Pluto, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Frontline, Elemeno P, Bic Runga and Goodnight Nurse.

Members of the public can vote for their favourite artist by TXT:

• TXT “Choice” and then
o A for Pluto
o B for Fat Freddy’s Drop
o C for Frontline
o D for Elemeno P or
o E for Bic Runga
o F for Goodnight Nurse
• Send the TXT to 3950
• Voting opens at midnight on Wednesday September 6, 2006 and closes at midnight on Friday October 13, 2006.
• TXT votes cost 50c each.

No finalists are announced for the Highest Selling NZ Single, The Warehouse Highest Selling NZ Album and NZ on Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year awards.

Tuis awarded at separate functions throughout the year, and again recognised at the main gala event on October 18 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 2007.

For more information about the New Zealand Music Awards go to www.nzmusicawards.co.nz.

NZ Music Awards 2006 Finalists

PlayStation® 2 SingStar™ Album of the Year

Don McGlashan – 'Warm Hand'
Bic Runga – 'Birds'
Dave Dobbyn – 'Available Light'
Concord Dawn – 'Chaos By Design'
Elemeno P – 'Trouble in Paradise'

The New Zealand Herald Single of the Year

Bic Runga – 'Winning Arrow'
Goldenhorse – 'Out Of The Moon'
Mt Raskil Preservation Society feat. Hollie Smith – 'Bathe In The River'
Pluto – 'Long White Cross'
The Feelers – 'Stand Up'

KIWI FM Best Group

Bleeders – 'As Sweet As Sin'
Elemeno P – 'Trouble In Paradise'
Fly My Pretties – 'The Return of Fly My Pretties'

Best Male Solo Artist

Che Fu – 'Beneath the Radar'
Dave Dobbyn – 'Available Light'
Don McGlashan – 'Warm Hand'

Best Female Solo Artist

Aaradhna – 'I Love You'
Anika Moa – 'Stolen Hill'
Bic Runga - 'Birds'

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Aaradhna – 'I Love You'
Bleeders – 'As Sweet As Sin'
Frontline – 'Borrowed Time'

C4 Best Music Video

Mark Williams – 'Wandering Eye' (Fat Freddy’s Drop)
Alyx Duncan – 'Fuji' (Minuit)
Adam Jones – 'Long White Cross' (Pluto)

Best Rock Album

Bleeders – 'As Sweet As Sin'
Blindspott – 'End The Silence'
Elemeno P – 'Trouble In Paradise'

Best Urban / Hip Hop Album

Frontline – 'Borrowed Time'
Nesian Mystik – 'Fresh Men'
Opensouls – 'Kaleidoscope'

Best Dance / Electronica Album

Concord Dawn – 'Chaos By Design'
Recloose – 'Hiatus on the Horizon'
Sola Rosa – 'Moves On'

Best Aotearoa Roots Album

Anika Moa – 'Stolen Hill'
Fly My Pretties – 'The Return of Fly My Pretties'
Rhombus – 'Future Reference'

Best Maori Album

Mahara Tocker – 'Hurricane’s Eye'
Rodger Cunningham – 'Toto'
Te Reotakiwa Dunn – 'Te Reotakiwa Dunn'

Best Gospel / Christian Album

juliagrace – 'juliagrace'
Mumsdollar – 'A Beautiful Life'
Shooting Stars – 'Over The Water'

Best Classical Album

Bridget Douglas and Rachel Thomson – 'Taurangi'
The New Zealand Trio – 'Spark'
Tower Voices Of New Zealand – 'Spirit of the Land'

People’s Choice Award

Elemeno P
Bic Runga
Goodnight Nurse
Fat Freddy’s Drop

No finalists are announced for the Highest Selling NZ Single, The Warehouse Highest Selling NZ Album and NZ on Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year awards.


Best Album Cover

Winner: Chris Knox for 'As Sweet As Sin' (Bleeders);

Finalist: Joe Garlick for Fly My Pretties’ 'The Return of Fly My Pretties';
Finalist: Stephen Tolfrey for the cover of Blindspott’s 'End The Silence'.

Best Engineer

Winner: Andre Upston, engineer on 'Birds' by Bic Runga;

Finalist: Andrew Spraggon & Angus McNaughton, for their work on 'Moves On' by Sola Rosa;
Finalist: Lee Prebble, for Fly My Pretties’ 'The Return of Fly My Pretties'.

Best Producer

Winner: Bic Runga for 'Birds' by Bic Runga;

Finalist: Don McGlashan, Sean Donnelly & Ed McWilliams for Don McGlashan’s 'Warm Hand';
Finalist: David Holmes and Paul McLaney for 'Like Stray Voltage' by Gramsci.

Thanks to www.nzmusicawards.co.nz for this story.

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