29 May 2022

Anthonie Tonnon wins 2022 Taite Music Prize

11:05 pm on 29 May 2022

RNZ's Karyn Hay and Tony Stamp have been honoured at tonight's 2022 Taite Music Prize, with Anthonie Tonnon taking away the top prize for his album Leave Love Out Of This.

Watch Anthonie Tonnon on winning the Taite Music Prize:

The awards are named after the late Dylan Taite, one of Aotearoa's most respected music journalists.

Hay, now host of RNZ National's Lately With Karyn Hay, won the Independent Spirit Award for her contribution to music in Aotearoa since presenting TV series Radio With Pictures in the 1980s.

The award recognises and celebrates "someone who is passionate about NZ music, who's ahead of the game in creativity, diversity, and imagination."

Watch Karyn Hay on her award win:

RNZ Music journalist Tony Stamp also won the inaugural award NZ On Air Outstanding Music Journalism Award for his work creating long-form music documentaries and features, interviewing artists, and discussing new music on Song Crush and on his music review show The Sampler.

Watch Tony Stamp discuss his award win:

Tonnon took the top prize of the night for his album, which came six years after his previous one Successor. The title track was one of the top 20 songs competing in this year's Silver Scroll Awards.

He earlier told RNZ Leave Love Out of This is about being part of the first generation growing up in the economic experiment New Zealand launched into during the 1980s.

"This is a constant theme for me - it's been what I've banged on about through all my albums."

The Auckland Live Best Independent Debut went to Jazmine Mary for her debut album The Licking of a Tangerine, while the NZ Classic Record award was presented to producer Alan Jansson.

A judge's special commendation was also given to Alison Mau for her work at Stuff covering NZ music industry practices and sexual harm prevention.

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