With five nominations each, Lorde and classical-crossover trio Sol3 Mio lead the pack heading into the 49th annual New Zealand Music Awards. Rapper David Dallas and soul singer Ladi6 are close behind with four nods each.
Vodafone is once again sponsoring the country’s premier music industry event, affectionately known as the “Tuis.” Auckland’s Vector Arena will host the gala on Nov. 20.
Lorde’s chances are in the categories for album of the year (sponsored by Mentos), single of the year (sponsored by Vodafone), best female solo artist, best pop album (supported by local broadcaster The Edge) and the People’s Choice award (Vodafone, again). The singer (real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor) might need a bigger trophy room. Last year, she bagged four Tuis, all for “The Love Club” EP. She’s up for another four honors at the Nov. 23 American Music Awards, which takes place in L.A. just three days after the Tuis.
Meanwhile, operatic trio Sol3 Mio is rewarded for a huge breakthrough year with nominations for best group (sponsored by Steinlager Pure), breakthrough artist of the year, People’s Choice and album of the year for their self-titled set, which spent 16 weeks at No. 1 to end 2013 as the nation’s best-selling album. The trio, comprising tenor brothers Pene and Amitai Pati plus baritone cousin Moses Mackay, also claimed the Tui for 2014 best Pacific music album at the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards back in May.
There’s a hattrick of nominations for critically-lauded The Naked And Famous, sibling duo Broods, solo-act turned group Tiny Ruins and Stan Walker, winner of the 2009 edition of Australian Idol. Multi-talented singer-songwriter Liam Finn, roots artists House of Shem and musician Tama Waipara each landed a pair of nominations, which were unveiled in-full during a function Thursday night at the Pullman Auckland Hotel.
Three “technical” awards were handed out during the presentation. Lorde’s collaborator Joel Little grabbed two of the three honors — best engineer and best producer — for his work on Pure Heroine, while the best album cover went to Anna Taylor and Ken Clark for their artwork on Liam Finn’s The Nihilist.
“It has been a phenomenal year for NZ music across a variety of genres — from pop to opera, hip hop to rock. It shows the strong diversity in musical tastes and talents across NZ,” comments Recorded Music New Zealand ceo Damian Vaughan. “And the international acclaim and success our artists have been enjoying clearly shows that Kiwis produce world class music.”
Veteran Kiwi funk-rock outfit Supergroove will be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame on the night.
Click here to see the full list of nominations.