With seven awards, hip-hop artist Scribe was the big winner at the annual New Zealand Music Awards (aka the "Tuis"), held last night (Sept. 22) at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.

With seven awards, hip-hop artist Scribe was the big winner at the annual New Zealand Music Awards (aka the "Tuis"), held last night (Sept. 22) at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.

The Dirty Records/Festival Mushroom-signed act was named best male solo artist, and won the single of the year and best music video awards for "Stand Up." His set "the Crusader" was honored as album of the year and best urban/hip-hop album. He also earned the songwriter of the year accolade for "Not Many - The Remix!", with co-writers P-Money, Con Psy and Savage, and took out the public-voted Vodafone People's Choice Award.

Singer-songwriter Brooke Fraser won the best female solo artist and the breakthrough artist awards after triple-platinum sales of her debut album "What To Do With Daylight" (Sony Music).

Classical singer Hayley Westenra's success in the United Kingdom, Asia, and Australasia was recognized with an international achievement award. Westenra's album "Pure" (Decca) won for highest-selling N.Z. album, having shifted an estimated 1.5 million-plus copies worldwide.

The majority of categories are voted on by a panel of experts drawn from the radio, press, and TV industries.

Local labels body the Recording Industry of New Zealand (RIANZ) organizes the gala.

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