Rising New Zealand star Brooke Fraser and 1980s rocker Jordan Luck were the big winners at the Australasian Performing Right Association's annual Silver Scroll award ceremony in Auckland last night.
The event at Auckland Town Hall last night (Sept. 18) saw Sony BMG singer-songwriter Fraser collect the main Silver Scroll award for song of the year with "Albertine" (published by Sony/ATV) the title track of her NZ chart-topping album.
The award, launched in 1965, is considered New Zealand's premier song-writing honor. Sydney, Australia-based Fraser (21) has also been nominated in four categories at next month's New Zealand Music Awards.
Luck, who has been singing in Kiwi bands since early 1980s, became the first musician to be inaugurated into the newly-established New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, a joint industry initiative from collecting society APRA and labels body the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.
Luck is best known as singer with Mushroom records rock group the Dance Exponents (later shortened to the Exponents) which was together from 1981 to 2000, scoring a string of domestic hits.
Two other awards were handed out on the night. Eve De Castro Robinson won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for "creative excellence" for her composition for children's choir and orchestra "These Arms to Hold You." And the Maioha Award for Maori-language song of the year went to Andrea Tunks and Pierre Tohe for "Aio."
APRA's director of NZ operations Anthony Healey points out that this year's event was the first time votes from APRA's entire membership had decided the winners, rather than the industry panel used before. We're thrilled," he says, "that they've made their voices heard about who they see as exceptional members of their own community."