Ladyhawke was the big winner at the New Zealand Music Awards, taking home six of the awards - known as 'Tuis' - in Auckland.

The U.K.-based artist, whose real name is Pip Brown, won the album of the year for "Ladyhawke" (Modular/Universal) and single award for "My Delerium" at the ceremony last night (Oct. 8). She also took out the international achievement award and was a performer on the night. Ladyhawke's other awards were for breakthrough artist, best female solo artist and best dance/electronica album.

The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) organized the event, which for the second year running was held at the Vector Arena and was sponsored by Vodafone.

It was a winning night for Universal Music, with hip-hop act Smashproof scooping the people's choice award, plus best music video and the highest-selling single of the year for "Brother"; the trio are signed with Universal-distributed Move the Crowd. Another Universal act, Dawn Raid's Savage, won best male solo artist

The evening's other main winner was Warner Music rock act Midnight Youth, who walked away with best group and best rock album for "The Brave Don't Run." Label mates the Feelers' "The Best: 1998-2008" picked up the award for highest-selling album of the year.

Sony Music-signed solo artist Brooke Fraser was the other winner of this year's international achievement award.

There were live performances from Midnight Youth, Fat Freddy's Drop - who picked up the best Aotearoa roots album award for "Dr Boondigga and the Big BW" (The Drop) – and the Flying Nun label act the Mint Chicks, who performed a cover version of Ray Columbus and the Invaders' "She's A Mod." The latter were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

RIANZ chief executive Campbell Smith says the awards once again showcased the great wealth of New Zealand music talent.

"Our artists and our industry produced a wide and diverse range of music in 2009 that again undeniably shows just how creative and talented our musicians are," he says. "Ladyhawke is a terrific artist and her debut album is an incredibly strong record. To see an album scoop six awards is rare, but an outstanding work such as hers is worthy of all the plaudits that it has received. It was also fantastic to be able to honor Ray Columbus and the Invaders. These guys kick-started the New Zealand Music scene, they were real trailblazers."