21 Nov 2014

Lorde wins 6 Tuis at music awards

10:53 am on 21 November 2014

The teenage singer, Lorde, has taken home a bundle of trophies from last night's New Zealand Music Awards at Vector Arena in Auckland.

The 18 year-old Aucklander won six Tuis; including the two most coveted awards for album and single of the year.

The singer, also known as Ella Yelich-O'Connor, won the award for highest selling single for worldwide hit Royals, best pop album for Pure Heroine and best female solo artist.

She also won the International Achievement Award.

As well as celebrating rising stars the night also featured a tribute performance in honour of Supergroove the recipient of the legacy awards.

But once again, the night belonged to Lorde, after another momentous year in which she won two Grammys and curated the soundtrack for the blockbuster Hunger Games film.

Her album Pure Heroine went five times platinum in New Zealand, and sold over 2.7 million copies worldwide. So it was no surprise when she stole the stage on her home turf.

But even in some of her biggest moments, Lorde showed a flicker of the North Shore teen, Ella Yelich-O'Connor.

"Some time in the last couple minutes my little brother said to me 'if you win another one can I come up with you?' And I was like - allright.

"It's a really special hearing your song on the radio for the first time - I'm trying to remember what that was like. It was in the car with mum a lot, on the way to school, and we would hear Royals - and ah, it kind of blew our minds. And by about the fourth or the fifth time it was like 'mum it's ok, we've heard it, it's cool' and she'd be like nope, nope - and turn it up."

She said her album Pure Heroine meant everything to her.

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Lorde performing on the TSB Arena, Wellington

Lorde in full flight at the TSB Arena Wellington Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

"This album means so much to me, it is my diary from age twelve to age 16-17 - it is everything to me and I am so honoured to be up here I probably look like a psychopath right now, but I'm just so happy."

Other artists walked away with several Tuis, with David Dallas, the rapper from south Auckland, winning Best Male Solo Artist and Best Urban Hip Hop Album for Falling into Place.

Dallas opened for Eminem when he came to New Zealand in February, but said in interviews performing at the music awards made him more nervous.

Singer Stan Walker won the New Zealand on Air Radio Airplay award for Bulletproof, and the People's Choice Award.

The sibling duo from Nelson, Broods, took home their first-ever Tui for Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

Georgia and Caleb Nott, who share Lorde's producer Joel Little, said it was daunting performing in front of their peers.

"I mean there are so many other people we admire, like I saw Stan Walker out of the corner of my eye - I'm always terrified of performing in front of really amazing vocalists like him," Georgia Nott said.

Rounding off the evening was the tribute performance in honour of Legacy Award recipient, Supergroove, performed by Holli Smith, Iva Lamkum, Ria Hall and Tali.

Supergroove member Nick Atkinson said the tribute from the female music powerhouses was phenomenal, and having the band back in the spotlight was poignant.

"As you get older I think you lose that kind of teenage vigour, so things like getting your photo taken, talking in public, it becomes a bit more ornery, so there's something intimidating about it - it's very humbling, but it's a little bit scary."

The band has re-formed for a national tour in January next year.

Full list of awards:

Album of the Year

Winner: Lorde - Pure Heroine

Other finalists:

Ladi6 - Automatic

Sol3 Mio - Sol3 Mio

The Naked And Famous - In Rolling Waves

Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One

Single of the Year

Winner: Lorde - Team

Other finalists:

Broods - Bridges

David Dallas - Runnin'

Ladi6 - Diamonds

The Naked And Famous - Hearts Like Ours

Best Group

Winner: The Naked And Famous

Other finalists:


Sol3 Mio

Best Male Solo Artist

Winner: David Dallas

Other finalists:

Liam Finn

Stan Walker

Best Female Solo Artist

Winner: Lorde

Other finalists:


Tiny Ruins

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Winner: Broods

Other finalists:


Sol3 Mio

Best Rock Album

Winner: Blacklistt - Blacklistt

Other finalists:

Clap Clap Riot - Nobody/Everybody

Ekko Park - Tomorrow Tomorrow Today

Best Pop Album

Winner: Lorde - Pure Heroine

Other finalists:

Benny Tipene - Toulouse

Stan Walker - Inventing Myself

Best Alternative Album

Winner: Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One

Other finalists:

Grayson Gilmour - Infinite Life!

Liam Finn - The Nihilist

Best Urban/Hip Hop Album

Winner: David Dallas - Falling Into Place

Other finalists:

Ladi6 - Automatic

PNC - The Codes

Best Roots Album

Winner: Tama Waipara - Fill Up The Silence

Other finalists:

House of Shem - Harmony

Mark Vanilau - Dark Horizon

Best Electronica Album

Winner: Opiuo - Meraki

Other finalists:

Bulletproof - #Listen

Sorceress - Dose

NZ On Air Best Music Video

Winner: Campbell Hooper - Hearts Like Ours (The Naked And Famous)

Other finalists:

Thunderlips - Stranger People (Doprah)

Tom Gould - Runnin' (David Dallas)

Best Maori Album

Winner: Rob Ruha - Tiki Tapu

Other finalists:

House of Shem - Harmony

Tama Waipara - Fill Up The Silence

Best Gospel Christian Album

Winner: Mosaic Music - You Surround

Other finalists:

Lifestyle (of Worship) - Lifestyle (of Worship)

Saving Grace - The Urgency

Best Classical Album

Winner: Jack Body - Poems of Love and War

Other finalists:

Dame Gillian Whitehead - Alice

Voices 16 - Voice of the Soul

People's Choice Award

Winner: Stan Walker

Other finalists:


Sol3 Mio

David Dallas


NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award

Winner: Stan Walker - Bulletproof

Highest Selling Single

Winner: Lorde - Royals

Highest Selling Album

Winner: Sol3 Mio - 'Sol3 Mio'

NZ Herald Legacy Award


Other Tuis presented in 2014:

Best Album Cover

Winner: Anna Taylor & Ken Clark - The Nihilist (Liam Finn)

Other finalists:

Henrietta Harris - Infinite Life! (Grayson Gilmour)

Robert Wallace - Automatic (Ladi6)

Best Producer

Winner: Joel Little - Pure Heroine (Lorde)

Other finalists:

Thomas Healy - Brightly Painted One (Tiny Ruins)

Thom Powers - In Rolling Waves (The Naked And Famous)

Best Engineer

Winner: Joel Little - Pure Heroine (Lorde)

Other finalists:

Doug Jane - Waiata (Dame Kiri Te Kanawa)

Hayden Taylor - Blacklistt (Blacklistt)

NZ On Air Critics' Choice Prize

Winner: Randa

Other finalists:

Lake South


Best Pacific Music Album:

Winner: Sol3 Mio - Sol3 Mio

Other finalists:

David Dallas - Falling Into Place

Ladi6 - Automatic

Best Country Album

Winner: Kaylee Bell - Heart First

Other finalists:

Anna van Riel - Whistle and Hum

Marian Burns - The Paris Sessions

Best Folk Album

Winner: Tattletale Saints - How Red is the Blood

Other finalists

Into The East - Fight From the Inside

Chris Priestley - Unsung Heroes

Best Jazz Album

Winner: Nathan Haines - Vermillion Skies

Other finalists:

Phil Broadhurst - Flaubert's Dance

Reuben Bradley - Mantis: The Music of Drew Menzies

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