Ladyhawke and Midnight Youth head the list of nominations for this year's New Zealand Music Awards.

Vodafone is once again sponsoring the country's premier music industry event the Tuis, which will be held at the Vector Arena in Auckland on Oct. 8.

London-based Modular artist Ladyhawke - AKA Pip Brown - has picked up six nominations, including album of the year for "Ladyhawke" and single of the year for "My Delirium."

Warner Music's Midnight Youth gathered six nods as well, with the rockers similarly nominated for best album ("The Brave Don't Run") and single ("All On Our Own"). Both Ladyhawke and Midnight Youth are also nominees in the people's choice category, together with two other multiple-award nominees - Move The Crowd Records' Smashproof and Fat Freddy's Drop (The Drop label), who picked up five and four nominations respectively.

The other act to receive nominations in a variety of categories was the Mint Chicks (Flying Nun), who picked up five nods.

As well as the usual music genre categories, Tuis will also be handed out for international achievement, plus music sales and airplay.

Campbell Smith, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, said that holding the awards at Vector Arena for the second year in a row is a huge buzz for all involved.

"Vector is this country's premier music venue, and we knew the move there was a massive step up for RIANZ but it worked so well for us last year," he said in a statement. "This is the biggest and boldest night in Kiwi entertainment, it deserves to be staged in such a venue."

The nominations were announced alongside the winner of this year's Legacy Award. The 1960s act Ray Columbus and The Invaders, the first Kiwi band to have a hit in Australia, are the latest inductees into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

The three technical award winners were also announced: Ruban Neilson, best album cover for the Mint Chicks' "Screens"; Andrew Buckton, best engineer for Midnight Youth's "The Brave Don't Run"; and Fat Freddy's Drop, best producer for Fat Freddy's Drop's Dr Boondigga and the Big BW.

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