NZ Music Awards finalists

The winner of the Best Album Cover is Nick Keller for his work on Beastwars’ self-titled album.
The 2011 Vodafone NZ Music Awards finalists and the Technical Award winners have been announced.

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The finalists for the 2011 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards have been announced, with Auckland indie rock band The Naked and Famous leading the charge with six spots for their debut album Passive Me Aggressive You.

The finalists for the 2011 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards have been announced, with Auckland indie rock band The Naked and Famous leading the charge with six spots for their debut album Passive Me Aggressive You.

The band is up for six awards: Russian Standard Vodka Album of the Year, Vodafone Single of the Year, FOUR Best Group, Pacific Blue Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Alternative Album and Vodafone People’s Choice Award.

Close behind with five finalist spots each are Ladi6 and Brooke Fraser. Avalanche City, David Dallas, Six60 and Tiki Taane have received three finalist spots each. A full list of all awards accompanies this release.

The finalists were announced at a function this evening (7 September) at the HP and Intel Winter Garden in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. The winning artists will be honoured at the 46th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards held at Vector Arena, Auckland, on November 3, and broadcast that night on FOUR.

In addition to their six awards above, both The Naked and Famous and Ladi6 are also nominated for the NZ On Air Best Music Video award: The Naked and Famous for Punching In A Dream, directed by Special Problems, and Ladi6 for her hit single Like Water, directed by Faye McNeil. Rounding out the finalists in this category is Special Problems’ video of Zowie’s single Broken Machine.

The Naked and Famous’ debut album Passive Me Aggressive You also featured strongly in the Technical Awards, which were announced tonight (full details below). Band members Thom Powers and Aaron Short took home the MAINZ Best Engineer Award, with Olly Harmer, and the MAINZ Best Producer Award.

Also announced today was the recipient of the New Zealand Herald Legacy Award – Dragon. The band will be officially honoured at the main awards ceremony and will also be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

Awards spokesperson and Recording Industry of New Zealand Managing Director Chris Caddick says he’s excited to see a mix of established and new artists and genres in the finalists’ line up.

“The finalists’ line-up is a fantastic testament to the strength and depth of New Zealand music across all genres in 2011. We’re really excited about the big night which we’re confident will be the best yet.”

Guests at the 3 November event will be treated to performances by Brooke Fraser, The Naked and Famous and Ladi6 – who have all interrupted their international tour schedule to return home and perform at New Zealand’s biggest night in music – as well as Six60, Tiki Taane and Avalanche City. There will also be a special appearance by music veterans Supergroove, who will be performing a tribute to this year’s Legacy Award winner Dragon.

Finalists

The Russian Standard Vodka Album of the Year Award 2011 sees tough competition, with The Naked and Famous (finalists for last year’s Gravity Coffee Critics’ Choice Prize) lining up against Ladi6 (The Liberation Of…), Brooke Fraser (Flags), Avalanche City (Our New Life Above The Ground) and David Dallas (The Rose Tint).

The Vodafone Single of The Year sees a similar line-up: The Naked and Famous (Young Blood), Avalanche City (Love Love Love), Ladi6 (Like Water) and Brooke Fraser (Something in the Water) in addition to Six60 (Rise Up 2.0).

In the FOUR Best Group category, the 2011 finalists include The Naked and Famous, Shihad and Kids of 88.

Meanwhile Tiki Taane battles it out against David Dallas and Stan Walker for the title of Best Male Artist; and Julia Deans goes head-to-head with Ladi6 and Brooke Fraser in the Best Female Artist category.

Technical Award Winners

The MAINZ Best Engineer Award has been awarded to Thom Powers, Aaron Short and Olly Harmer for their work on the band’s debut album Passive Me Aggressive You.

Powers and Short also take out the MAINZ Best Producer Award.

The winner of the Best Album Cover is Nick Keller for his work on Beastwars’ self-titled album.

Critics’ Choice Prize

The 2011 line-up for the Gravity Coffee Critics’ Choice Prize has also been revealed, with rising star Kimbra pitted against Auckland band Popstrangers and Christchurch band The Unfaithful Ways.

Established in 2010, this prize is aimed at recognising up-and-coming artists and potential future Tui winners. The three artists will battle it out at the showcase event at the Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland on October 6 where a winner will be announced live.

FINALISTS FOR THE VODAFONE NEW ZEALAND MUSIC AWARDS 2011

Russian Standard Vodka Album of The Year

The Naked and Famous – Passive Me Aggressive You
Ladi6 – The Liberation Of…
Brooke Fraser – Flags
Avalanche City – Our New Life Above the Ground
David Dallas – The Rose Tint

Vodafone Single of The Year

The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
Avalanche City – Love Love Love
Ladi6 – Like Water
Brooke Fraser – Something in the Water
Six60 – Rise Up 2.0

FOUR Best Group

The Naked and Famous – Passive Me Aggressive You
Shihad – Ignite
Kids of 88 – Sugarpills

Best Male Solo Artist

Tiki Taane – In the World of Light
David Dallas – The Rose Tint
Stan Walker – From The Inside Out

Best Female Solo Artist

Brooke Fraser – Flags
Ladi6 – The Liberation Of…
Julia Deans – Modern Fables

Pacific Blue Breakthrough Artist of The Year

The Naked and Famous – Passive Me Aggressive You
Six60 – Rise Up 2.0
Avalanche City – Our New Life Above the Ground 

PPNZ Best Rock Album

Shihad – Ignite
Cairo Knife Fight – Cairo Knife Fight
Beastwars – Beastwars

The Edge Best Pop Album

Brooke Fraser – Flags
Kids of 88 – Sugarpills
Julia Deans – Modern Fables 

Best Alternative Album

The Naked and Famous – Passive Me Aggressive You
Street Chant – Means
Die! Die! Die! – Form 

Serato Best Urban / Hip Hop Album

Ladi6 – The Liberation Of…
David Dallas – The Rose Tint
PNC – Man on Wire

Best Roots Album

TrinityRoots – Music is Choice
House of Shem – Island Vibration
Katchafire – On the Road Again

NZ On Air Best Music Video

Special Problems – Punching In A Dream (The Naked and Famous)

Special Problems – Broken Machine (Zowie)
Faye McNeil – Like Water (Ladi6) 

Best Electronica Album

Tiki Taane – In the World of Light
State of Mind – Nil By Ear
Concord Dawn – The Enemy Within 

Best Maori Album

Tiki Taane – In the World of Light
Miss Black – Black Light
Wai – Ora

Best Gospel / Christian Album

Parachute Band – Love Without Measure
The Ember Days – Finger Painting EP
Juliagrace – Beautiful Survivor

Best Classical Album

John Psathas – Helix
Flight – Flight
New Zealand String Quartet – Notes from a Journey 

Vodafone People’s Choice Award

Ladi6
Brooke Fraser
Six60
Stan Walker
The Naked and Famous 

New Zealand Herald Legacy Award

Dragon

No finalists are announced for the Vodafone Highest Selling NZ Single, the Highest Selling NZ Album, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year and the International Achievement awards. These will be awarded at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards ceremony at Auckland’s Vector Arena on November 3.

Media Release: Issued for the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand by Pead PR

Written by

The Big Idea Editor

8 Sep 2011

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