5 Oct 2017

New Zealand Music Awards finalists announced

From RNZ Music, 11:15 am on 5 October 2017
Lorde on stage

Lorde Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Lorde is to perform at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards with tickets going on sale tomorrow.

Fans who missed out on tickets to her intimate shows at the Powerstation in November will be jumping at the chance to get tickets when they go on sale tomorrow.

The news came as part of this morning’s announcement of the VNZMA finalists.

Onehunga rap crew SWIDT lead the field with a total of six nominations, while Lorde is up for a total of five, Aldous Harding four and Nadia Reid three.

TEEKS is also up for three awards, Fazerdaze is nominated for Best Alternative Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and David Dallas is in the running for Album Of The Year.

Recent APRA Maioha winners Alien Weaponry are nominated for Best Maori Artist, as is Maisey Rika.

Other performers on the night include SWIDT, TEEKS, Theia and Devilskin.

The awards take place on Thursday, 16 November at Auckland's Spark Arena.

The full list of finalists:

Godfrey Hirst Album of the Year

  • Aldous Harding – ‘Party’
  • David Dallas – ‘Hood Country Club’
  • Fazerdaze – ‘Morningside’
  • Lorde – ‘Melodrama’
  • SWIDT – ‘Stoneyhunga‘

Vodafone Single of the Year

  • David Dallas – “Fit In”
  • Ladi6 – “Royal Blue”
  • Lorde – “Green Light”
  • MAALA – “In My Head”
  • SWIDT – “Player Of The Day”
  • Theia – “Roam”

Best Group

  • Devilskin
  • Shapeshifter

THREE Best Solo Artist

  • Aldous Harding
  • Lorde
  • Nadia

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

  • Aldous Harding
  • Fazerdaze
  • Nadia Reid

Best Rock Artist

  • Clap Clap Riot
  • Devilskin
  • Graham Brazier

The Edge Best Pop Artist

  • Lorde
  • Mitch James      
  • Theia

Best Alternative Artist

  • Aldous Harding
  • Fazerdaze
  • Nadia Reid

Best Soul/RnB Artist

  • Ladi6
  • Tommy Nee

Best Hip Hop Artist

  • David Dallas

Best Roots Artist

  • Israel Starr
  • Sons of Zion
  • Tomorrow People

Best Electronic Artist

  • Chaos In The CBD            
  • K+Lab
  • Truth

Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist

  • Alien Weaponry
  • Maisey Rika

Best Worship Artist

  • Curate Music
  • Josh & Amberley Klinkenberg
  • Juliagrace

Best Classical Artist

  • Jenny McLeod   
  • NZTrio
  • Te Kōkī Trio

Vodafone People’s Choice Award

  • Lorde
  • Theia

Artisan Awards

NZ On Air Best Music Video

  • Dan Watkins (Reel Factory) – Her (Shapeshifter)
  • Joel Kefali – Got It Bad (LEISURE)
  • Sam Kristofski – Lucky Girl (Fazerdaze)

Best Album Cover

  • Dean Poole & Tyrone Ohia (Alt Group) – ‘Stars’ (Shapeshifter)
  • Henrietta Harris – ‘Otherness’ (Grayson Gilmour)
  • Jamie Robertson – ‘String Theory’ (Fly My Pretties)

Massey University Best Producer

  • Ben Edwards – ‘Preservation’ (Nadia Reid)
  • SmokeyGotBeatz – ‘Stoneyhunga’ (SWIDT)

Best Engineer

  • Ben Edwards – ‘Preservation’ (Nadia Reid)
  • Chris Chetland – ‘A Place to Stand’ (REI)
  • Clint Murphy – ‘Be Like The River’ (Devilskin)