2006 bNet NZ Music Award Winners Announced

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The 2006 bNet NZ Music Awards were held on Saturday 16th of December in a packed out Northern Steamship Company, Downtown Auckland.

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The 2006 bNet NZ Music Awards were held on Saturday 16th of December in a packed out Northern Steamship Company, Downtown Auckland. The 2006 bNet NZ Music Awards were held on Saturday 16th of December in a packed out Northern Steamship Company, Downtown Auckland.Live performances from Ladi 6 and SJD entertained not only the live audience, but the masses listening to the awards live on every bNet station right across the country: 95bFM in Auckland, The Most FM in New Plymouth, Radio Active in Wellington, Radio Control in Palmerston North, RDU in Christchurch and Radio One in Dunedin.

Amongst the big winners on the night were The Mint Chicks (pictured), scooping five bNet awards including Artist of the Year, Best Producer, Best Cover Design, the regional award for 95bFM Song of the Year and Best Rock Track.

Shapeshifter also took a few of the red b's home, winning Best Live Act, Best Song and Best Album.

The end of the awards ceremony saw thousands flock to downtown Auckland for the inaugural bStreet event - a free gig put on by Auckland bNet station 95bFM. Four venues ran simultaneously with over 20 bands and DJs (including Kora, Solaa, The Mint Chicks and Connan and the Mockasins) performing for absolutely free. Downtown streets were flooded with punters as an estimated 2500 people tried to get a piece of the action.

Next year sees the 10th anniversary of the bNet NZ Music Awards, and preparations are already underway for what is set to be a huge night.

Full list of winners:

Radio One Song of the Year: Anji Sami - "El Dorado"

RDU Song of the Year: The Shocking Pinks - "Second Hand Girl"

Radio Active Song of the Year: The Mint Chicks - "Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!"

Radio Control Song of the Year: Black Chrome - "My Band"

Most FM Song of the Year: Kapital - "Something Real"

95bFM Song of the Year: Voom - "B Your Boy"

Best Downbeat/Dub Track: Kora - "Flow"

Best Hip-Hop Track: Opensouls - "What Do You Do?"

Best Pop Track: The Phoenix Foundation - "Damn the River"

Best Rock Track: The Mint Chicks - "Welcome to Nowhere"

Best Electronic Track: Concord Dawn (featuring State of Mind) - "Aces High"

Best Video: ShineStrength
for The Sneaks - "Kuzai Heart U Girl"

Best Live Act: Shapeshifter

Best Cover Design: Ruban Nielson
for The Mint Chicks - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!

Best Vocalist: Hollie Smith

Best Producer: Chris, Kody and Ruban Nielson
for The Mint Chicks - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: State of Mind

Song of the Year: Shapeshifter - "Bring Change"

Artist of the Year: The Mint Chicks

Album of the Year: Shapeshifter - Soulstice

Outstanding Achievement of the Year: Fat Freddy's Drop
European Tour & 7 x Platinum NZ Sales

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The Big Idea Editor

21 Dec 2006

The Big Idea Editor Cathy AronsonĀ is a journalist, photo journalist and digitalĀ editor.

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