VODAFONE NZ MUSIC AWARDS 2013 FINALISTS

November 20th 2013
Recorded Music NZ has announced the artists in the running for Tui glory at the 48th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Recorded Music NZ has announced the artists in the running for Tui glory at the 48th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Shapeshifter and Aaradhna are this year's front-runners claiming five finalist spots each, with Unknown Mortal Orchestra following closely on four.

Others with multiple finalist nods include Kiwi music sensation Lorde, newcomer Jamie McDell and evergreen groups Fat Freddy's Drop and The Phoenix Foundation - each with three spots. Lawrence Arabia and Willy Moon both claim two finals places, as does this year's newly announced co-host Stan Walker.

The finalists have been announced at a star-studded function this evening (October 22) at The Pullman Auckland hotel.

Recorded Music New Zealand Chief Executive Damian Vaughan says this year's line-up shows the depth and breadth of musical talent in New Zealand.

"We have a really good mix of genres represented among the finalists in 2013; it's going to be a brilliant night. There have been some fantastic releases this past year, and all would be deserving winners."

The winning artists are revealed at the 48th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards at Vector Arena on November 21. The show is being broadcast as live on FOUR on the night. It is preceded by The Mentos Red Carpet Special from 8pm onwards and hosted by Drew Neemia & Sharyn Casey.

Christchurch-based Shapeshifter's five places are for Mentos Album of the Year, Vodafone Single of the Year, Steinlager Pure Best Group, Vodafone Peoples' Choice and George FM Best Electronica Album for ‘Delta'. The album also grabs spots for Shapeshifter and The Upbeats in the Best Producer category and for Nick Dwyer in the NZ On Air Best Music Video category.

Aaradhna is a finalist in Mentos Album of the Year, Vodafone Single of the year, Spotify Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban / Hip Hop Album for ‘Treble and Reverb'. The singer's also up for Vodafone Peoples' Choice Award and she picked up a Tui at the 2013 Pacific Music Awards in May taking out Pasefika Proud Best Pacific Music Album.

Ruban Nielson as Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a finalist in Mentos Album and Vodafone Single of the Year, Spotify Best Male Solo Artist and Best Alternative Album for ‘II'.

Fat Freddy's Drop is a finalist in Mentos Album of the Year, Steinlager Pure Best Group and Best Roots Album for ‘Blackbird'. The Phoenix Foundation's ‘Fandango' nabs finals spots for Mentos Album of the year, Steinlager Pure Best Group and Best Alternative Album.

In the Westpac Hotpoint's Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award Lorde (‘The Love Club EP') is up against Jamie McDell (‘Six Strings and a Sailboat') and Willy Moon (‘Here's Willy Moon').

McDell's other spots are in Spotify Best Female Solo Artist and The Edge Best Pop Album while Lorde is in for Vodafone Single of the Year and Vodafone Peoples' Choice and Moon for Spotify Best Male Solo Artist.

Guests at the awards ceremony on November 21 can look forward to a big night of great New Zealand music with live performances by Aaradhna, Lorde, Jamie McDell, Titanium, Iva Lamkum and awards co-host Stan Walker. There's also a special tribute performance to Legacy Award recipient Shona Laing by Ruby Frost.

Tickets are available through www.ticketmaster.co.nz and cost just $25 including booking fees.


Hallenstein Brothers Critics' Choice Prize

The 2013 line-up for the Critics' Choice Prize includes multi-instrumentalist Daniel McBride aka Sheep, Dog & Wolf; US-based singer/songwriter Janine and the Mixtape; and Paquin - the musical outlet of songwriter Tom Healy.

Established in 2010, the prize recognises up-and-coming artists and potential future Tui winners. Past Critics' Choice Prize nominees include Kimbra and The Naked and Famous.

The three 2013 contenders perform a live showcase at The Kings Arms in Auckland on November 6 before the prize recipient is announced on the night.

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards categories & nominees are:

Album of the Year
Aaradhna - Treble & Reverb
Fat Freddy's Drop - Blackbird
Shapeshifter - Delta
The Phoenix Foundation - Fandango
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II

Single of the Year
Aaradhna - Wake Up
Lorde - Royals
Shapeshifter - In Colour
Stan Walker - Take It Easy
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - So Good At Being In Trouble

Best Group
Fat Freddy's Drop - Blackbird
Shapeshifter - Delta
The Phoenix Foundation - Fandango

Best Male Solo Artist
Lawrence Arabia - The Sparrow
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
Willy Moon - Here's Willy Moon

Best Female Solo Artist
Aaradhna - Treble & Reverb
Iva Lamkum - Black Eagle
Jamie McDell - Six Strings and a Sailboat

Artist of the Year
Jamie McDell - Six Strings and a Sailboat
Lorde - The Love Club EP
Willy Moon - Here's Willy Moon

Best Rock Album
Beastwars - Blood Becomes Fire
The Datsuns - Death Rattle Boogie
Villainy - Mode. Set. Clear.

Best Pop Album
AnikaBoh&Hollie - Peace of Mind
Jamie McDell - Six Strings and a Sailboat
KidsOf88 - Modern Love

Best Alternative Album
Lawrence Arabia - The Sparrow
The Phoenix Foundation - Fandango
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II

Best Urban/Hip Hop Album
@Peace - Girl Songs
Aaradhna - Treble & Reverb
P-Money - Gratitude

Best Roots Album
Fat Freddy's Drop - Blackbird
Latinaotearoa - Sondido de Latinaotearoa
Soljah - Aotearoa

Best Electronica Album
K+LAB - Space Dirt
Shapeshifter - Delta
Sola Rosa - Low and Behold, High and Beyond

Best Music Video
Joel Kefali - Royals (Lorde)
Nick Dwyer - In Colour (Shapeshifter)
Thunderlips - Frankenstein (Randa)

Best Maori Album
Kirsten Te Rito - Te Rito
Maisey Rika - Whitiora
Ngatapa Black - I Muri Ahiahi

Best Gospel/Christian Album
Edge Kingsland - Edge Vol.2: Due North
Go Stop Go - Go Stop Go
Strahan - Posters

Best Classical Album
Gillian Whitehead - Arapatiki
Helen Webby - Pluck
Michael Houstoun - Lilburn

Vodafone People's Choice Award
Shapeshifter
Aaradhna
Lorde
Stan Walker
Titanium

Critics' choice winners
Sheep, Dog & Wolf


The International Achievement and Legacy Awards are judged by the Recorded Music NZ Board and awarded at the Board's discretion. No finalists are announced for these categories.

Guests at the finalist announcement event were the first in New Zealand to hear the latest single by finalists Aaradhna and P-Money called "Dapper Man". The track will be available for free download via the Vodafone NZ Music Awards App, launching soon. TXT ‘Shake' to 787 to have it pushed to your phone as soon as it goes live.

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