Evermore and Opshop top the list of nominations for October's New Zealand Music Awards, followed closely by local pop divas Hollie Smith and Brooke Fraser.

Australian-based Warner Music act Evermore and the Siren-signed Opshop each receive five nominations for the Vodafone-sponsored "Tuis," which will be held in Auckland on Oct. 18.

Smith, who released her debut album on the indie label Sister but has signed for Manhattan Records internationally, is a finalist in four categories, as is Sony BMG songstress Brooke Frasier.

Other local acts to receive multiple nominations are the Mint Chicks (Flying Nun) and Liam Finn (Liberation), both of who received three. Shapeshifter (Truetone) and The Black Seeds (Capitol) earned two apiece.

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, the premier event on the NZ music industry calendar, honors achievements across a broad range of genres. The event also includes a people's choice award, plus two categories based purely on album and singles sales, respectively.

Campbell Smith, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, says the list of finalists reflects the healthy state of New Zealand music.

Meanwhile, winners in three technical categories have been unveiled. The best album cover has gone to Ruban Nielson for the Mint Chicks' "Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!" (Flying Nun), Chris Van Der Geer was named best engineer for Revolver's "Parlour Games" (Bang! Bang! Records) while the best producer gong went to Jeremy Toy and Hollie Smith for the latter's "Long Player" (EMI).

RIANZ also revealed that pioneering Kiwi rock'n'roller Johnny Devlin is to be the first-ever recipient of the new legacy award. Devlin will also be inducted into the recently-announced New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

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