15 Nov 2018

Six60 wins big as Marlon Williams takes top gong at NZ Music Awards

10:33 am on 16 November 2018

Dunedin five-piece Six60 took home a total of five Tuis at the 2018 Vodafone NZ Music Awards, which took place at Auckland’s Spark Arena tonight.

Marlon Williams, Kimbra, Troy Kingi and Alien Weaponry

Marlon Williams, Kimbra, Troy Kingi and Alien Weaponry Photo: Supplied

Marlon Williams has won Best Solo Artist and Album of the Year for his 2018 album Make Way For Love at tonight's NZ Music Awards.

Check out RNZ's live coverage of the ceremony here.

After winning Best Music Video for ‘Vampire Again’ at the Artisan Awards in Wellington last week, as well as his 2015 awards for Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Williams now has five Tuis to his name.

Earlier in the year he won the country’s top songwriting award the Silver Scroll.

Dunedin five-piece Six60 took home the most awards, winning a total of five Tuis:  Best Group, Highest Selling Album, Highest Selling Single, Radio Airplay Record of the Year and the People’s Choice Award.

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  • After kicking the ceremony off with a performance of their song ‘Kai Tangata’, Alien Weaponry won Best Rock Artist. Their debut album in June reached #5 on the New Zealand album charts, and since releasing it the band have had a whirlwind year of international tour and success.

    Best Alternative Artist went to Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Best Pop Artist went to Kimbra.

    Northland psych soul musician Troy Kingi took home Best Māori Artist and Best Soul/R&B Artist for his genre-bending album Shake That Skinny Ass All the Way to Zygertron

    Onehunga crew SWIDT won Best Hip Hop Artist, their second NZ Music Awards after winning Best Group in 2017. The group were famously offered the Trophy for Best Urban/Hip-Hop artist in 2016 by Aaradhna after she refused to accept it.

    Aotearoa hip-hop pioneers Upper Hutt Posse were inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame with Che Fu and The Kratez performing a version their hit ‘E Tū’ featuring 14-year-old DMC DJ World Champ K-Swizz.

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  • Wellington's Drax Project took home Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for ‘Woke Up Late’.

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    Ligertwood’s albums have been certified 15x Platinum in NZ, and her recent work with worship group Hillsong earned her a Grammy earlier this year.

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    The ceremony, held at Auckland’s Spark Arena, included performances from Six60, Alien Weaponry, Robinson, Drax Project, JessB, Sons of Zion, a special In Memoriam performance by Stan Walker and a tribute performance by Che Fu and The Kratez for the 2018 Legacy Award recipient Upper Hutt Posse.

    Full list of winners: 

    Te Pukaemi o te Tau/Hallensteins Album of the Year

    • Winner: Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love
    • Alien Weaponry –
    • Julia Deans – We Light Fire
    • Six60 – Six60
    • Tami Neilson – Sassafrass!
    • Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food

    Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau/Vodafone Single of the Year

    • Winner: Drax Project – ‘Woke Up Late’
    • Mitch James – ‘21’
    • Robinson – ‘Nothing To Regret’
    • Six60 – ‘Don't Give It Up’
    • Sons Of Zion – ‘Drift Away’
    • Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Hunnybee’

    Te Roopu Toa/THREE Best Group

    • Winner: Six60 – Six60
    • Alien Weaponry –
    • Drax Project – Noon
    • Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food

    Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa/Best Solo Artist

    • Winner: Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love
    • Julia Deans – We Light Fire
    • Kimbra – Primal Heart
    • Tami Neilson – Sassafrass!

    Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau/Jaguar Breakthrough Artist of the Year

    • Winner: Drax Project
    • JessB
    • L.A.B
    • Robinson

    Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa/Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist

    • Winner: Troy Kingi
    • Alien Weaponry
    • Katchafire

    Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa/The Edge Best Pop Artist

    • Winner: Kimbra
    • Drax Project
    • Six60

    Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa/Best Alternative Artist

    • Winner: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
    • Marlon Williams
    • Wax Chattels

    Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa/Best Soul/RnB Artist

    • Winner: Troy Kingi
    • Israel Starr
    • Vince Harder

    Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa/Best Hip Hop Artist

    • Winner: SWIDT
    • JessB
    • Kings

    Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa/Best Roots Artist

    • Winner: Sons of Zion
    • Katchafire
    • Tomorrow People

    Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa/Best Electronic Artist

    • Winner: Chores
    • Arma Del Amor
    • Boycrush

    Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa/Best Rock Artist

    • Winner: Alien Weaponry
    • Cairo Knife Fight
    • Skinny Hobos

    Te Kaipuoro Kairangi Toa/Best Worship Artist

    • Winner: Equippers Revolution
    • EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth
    • Kane Adams

    Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa/Best Classical Artist

    • Winner: Eve de Castro Robinson
    • Henry Wong Doe
    • Michael Houstoun

    Te Kōwhiri o te Nuinga/Vodafone People’s Choice Award


    Tohu Whakareretanga/Legacy Award

    Upper Hutt Posse

    Te Tōtahi Hoko Teitei/Vodafone Highest Selling Single

    Six60 – ‘Don't Give It Up’

    Te Pukaemi Hoko Teitei/Highest Selling Album

    Six60 – Six60

    Te Rikoata Marakerake o te Tau/NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year

    Six60 – ‘Don't Give It Up’

    Tohu Tutuki o te Ao/International Achievement

    Brooke Fraser

    Artisan Awards

    Te Puoro Ataata Toa/NZ On Air Best Music Video

    • Winner: Marlon Williams – ‘Vampire Again’ (Marlon Williams)
    • Chris Graham – ‘Black Crow’ (Louis Baker)
    • Shae Sterling – ‘Bloodlines’ (The Adults ft. JessB & Estère)

    Te Kōpaki Pukaemi Toa/Best Album Cover

    • Winner: Jaime Robertson & Matthias Heiderich – In Spaces EP (Sola Rosa)
    • Barny Bewick – Seven (Cairo Knife Fight)
    • Tami Neilson, Ashley Church, Xoe Hall & Jules Koblun – Sassafrass! (Tami Neilson)

    Te Kaiwhakaputa Toa/Massey University Best Producer

    • Winner: Simon Gooding, Tom Larkin & Hammerhead – Tū (Alien Weaponry)
    • Estère – My Design, On Others’ Lives (Estère)
    • Neil & Liam Finn – Out Of Silence (Neil Finn)

    Te Kaipukaha Toa/Best Engineer

    • Winner: Jordan Stone & Simon Gooding – Out Of Silence (Neil Finn)
    • Chris Chetland – Rangatira (REI)
    • Simon Gooding – Tū (Alien Weaponry)

    Kaiārahi Puoro o te Tau/Music Teacher of the Year

    • Winner: Elizabeth Sneyd – Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust, Porirua
    • Jane Egan – Gisborne Girls High School, Gisborne
    • Judith Bell – Chisnallwood Intermediate, Christchurch

    Additional Tuis presented in 2018

    Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa/Best Folk Artist

    • Winner: Albi & The Wolves – One Eye Open
    • Reb Fountain – Little Arrows
    • Candice Milner – Evergreen

    Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa/Best Pacific Music Album

    • Winner: Ladi 6 – Royal Blue 3000 EP EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa'afetai Le Atua
    • Noah Slee – Otherland
    • Sol3 Mio – A Very Merry Christmas
    • SWIDT – Stoneyhunga

    Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa/Best Country Artist

    • Winner: Reb Fountain – Hopeful and Hopeless
    • Lana Doublet – Beautiful Human
    • Phil Doublet – Strength, Love, Music & Light

    Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa/Best Jazz Artist

    • Winner: Umar Zakaria – Fearless Music
    • Hayden Chisholm, Norman Meehan and Paul Dyne – Unwind
    • Lucien Johnson – West of the Sun

    Te Kaipuoro Waiata Tamariki Toa/Best Children’s Artist

    • Winner: Levity Beet – My Best Friend Jake Is A Cyborg
    • Chanelle & Friends – The Little Green Turtle And Other Songs For Kids
    • Moe & Friends – The Moe Album
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