2014 Pacific Music Awards Date Announced

February 10th 2014
The Pacific Music Awards Trust proudly announces the 10th Pacific Music Awards, which will be held on Thursday 8 May, at the Vodafone Events Centre.

Hosted by the Pacific Music Award Trust, these awards honour and celebrate Pacific artists and their music, as well as the best singles and albums that were released in 2013.

Entries are now open and are due by Monday 3 February. New for 2014 is an online entry system - for the 2014 terms & conditions and for more information visit: http://www.pacificmusicawards.org.nz/entries/

The Trust are also pleased to announce the introduction of a new category, Best International Pacific Artist. This is significant, as it will acknowledge the Pacific artists living outside of New Zealand. This has come about due to the success of the Pacific Music Awards and requests from Pacific music artists living overseas. The Trust looks forward to connecting with Pacific artists from around the world and to celebrating their music.

The categories for the 2014 Pacific Music Awards are:

· Best Pacific Female Artist
· NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist
· Niu FM Best Pacific Urban Artist
· APRA Best Pacific Song
· Radio 531PI Best Pacific Group
· Tagata Pasifika Best Pacific Language
· Best Pacific Gospel Artist
· NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video
· Best Pacific Music Album (nb: NZ Music Award ‘Tui')
· Best International Pacific Artist

Finalists for each of the entered categories will be announced in late March. In addition to the above, the following four awards will also be presented:

· Auckland Council People's Choice Award - Best Pacific Artist
· Manukau Institute Of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award
· Phillip Fuemana Award - Most Promising Pacific Artist
· NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award

The People's Choice Award is determined by public vote - and all the 2014 finalists are eligible for this award.

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary an extended and expanded awards ceremony event is being planned - looking to celebrate the current Pacific artists and to then honour the previous finalists and winners since the inaugural awards were held. The history of the Pacific Music Awards confirm the who's who from the Pacific music community and also the NZ music industry, where Pacific artists continue to shine. Key to the celebration will be the unique live performances and artists that come together for this one night.



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