ALL THE WINNERS OF THE AOTEAROA MUSIC AWARDS 2021

2021 has been a hard year for musicians, between lockdowns and cancelled gigs – but one thing is clear: the kiwi music scene remains as strong as ever.

Tonight, the Aotearoa Music Awards celebrates the achievements of our homegrown musicians from around the country over the past year.

Taking home the coveted Tūi Awards tonight are:

Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year

Nominees:

BENEE – Hey U x
Crowded House – Dreamers Are Waiting
The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship
TEEKS – Something To Feel
Troy Kingi – The Ghost of Freddie Cesar

Winner:

L.A.B – L.A.B IV

Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year

Nominees:

Harper Finn – Dance Away These Days
Lorde – Solar Power
Six60 – All She Wrote
TEEKS – Remember Me
Troy Kingi – Sleep (Slumber)

Winner:

L.A.B – Why Oh Why

Te Roopu Toa | Best Group

Nominees:

Crowded House – Dreamers Are Waiting
The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship
Shapeshifter – Rituals

Winner:

L.A.B – L.A.B IV

Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist

Nominees:

Anna Coddington – Beams
BENEE – Hey U x
Troy Kingi – The Ghost of Freddie Cesar

Winner:

TEEKS – Something To Feel

Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Nominees:

Foley – Vacation
Muroki – Wavy
Niko Walters – Not My Neighbour

Winner:

Harper Finn – Dance Away These Days

Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist

Nominees:

Mara TK
Troy Kingi

Winner:

TEEKS

Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist

Nominees:

Foley
LA Women

Winner:

BENEE

Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist

Nominees:

Anthonie Tonon
Wax Chattels

Winner:

Na Noise

Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist

Nominees:

Mara TK
Troy Kingi

Winner:

TEEKS

Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist

Nominees:

Diggy Dupé
SWIDT

Winner:

Team Dynamite

Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist

Nominees:

Grove Roots
Tomorrow People

Winner:

L.A.B

Mana Reo Award

Nominees:

Rei Hoki Mai – Come Back
The Nudge & Troy Kingi – He Orite

Winner:

Te Nūtube – Peke

Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist

Nominees:

Shapeshifter
Sola Rosa

Winner:

Paige Julia

Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa | Best Rock Artist

Nominees:

Ekko Park
Mako Road

Winner:

Dead Favours

Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist

Nominees:

Justin DeHart
Tony Yan Tong Chen

Winner:

Claire Cowan

Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa/Best Country Music Artist

Nominees:

Jody Direen
Ryan Fisherman

Winner:

Tami Neilson

Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa/Best Folk Artist

Nominees:

Darren Watson
You Me Everybody

Winner:

Tattletale Saints

Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa/Best Jazz Artist

Nominees:

Lucien Johnson
Unwind

Winner:

The Jac

Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa/Best Pacific Music Album

Nominees:

Lou’ana
Lepani

Winner:

Tree

Te Kaipuoro Waiata Tamariki Toa/Best Children’s Music Artist

Nominees:

Chris Lam Sam
Music with Michal

Winner:

fleaBITE

Te Kaiwhakaputa Toa | Best Producer

Nominees:

Harry Huavi (Team Dynamite – Respect The Process)
Joel Little

Winner:

Delaney Davidson & Jol Mulholland (Troy Kingi – Black Sea Golden Ladder)

Te Kaipukaha Toa | Best Engineer

Nominees:

Simon Gooding (TEEKS – Something To Feel)
Lee Prebble & Ara Adams Tamatea (L.A.B – L.A.B IV)

Winner:

Jol Mulholland (Troy Kingi – Black Sea Golden Ladder)

Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Album Artwork

Nominees:

Frances Carter (TEEKS – Something To Feel)
Jaime Robertson, Matthias Heidrich, Andrew Spraggon (Sola Rosa – Chasing The Sun)

Winner:

Amanda Cheng (Wax Chattels – Clot)

Te Kiko Puoro Ataata Toa | Best Music Video Content

Nominees:

Anahera Parata (Louis Baker – Brighter Day)

Winner:

Alexander Gander (Georgia Lines – No One Knows)

Te Toa Hoko Teitei | Highest Selling Artist

Winner:

Six60

Te Rikoata Marakerake o te Tau | Radio Airplay Record of the Year

5. Drax Project (Ft. Fetty Wap and AACACIA) – Firefly
4. Six60 – All She Wrote
3. L.A.B – Why Oh Why
2. Niko Walters – Not My Neighbour

Winner:

Six60 – Fade Away

Te Kōwhiri o te Nuinga | People’s Choice

Winner:

Te Nūtube

Kaiārahi Puoro o te Tau | Music Teacher of the Year

Nominees:

Andrea Rabin (Papakura High School)
Jeni Little (Hobsonville Point Secondary School)

Winner:

Jane Egan (Gisborne Girls High School)

Kaiwhakahaere Puoro o te Tau | Manager of the Year

Cushla Aston (Aston Road) – Louis Baker
Lorraine Barry (Lorraine Barry Management) – Sir Dave Dobbyn, Tom Scott, Team Dynamite, Aaradhna and VGB

Winner:

Nicole Thomas & Paula Yeoman (NicNak Media Ltd) – Theia, Chores, Paige, Abby Wolfe, & Nganeko

Five Wāhine Toa were also inducted into Te Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa | the NZ Music Hall of Fame tonight: Annie CrummerDebbie HarwoodDianne SwannMargaret Urlich and Kim Willoughby, recognised for their individual contributions to Aotearoa’s music scene as well as their joint endeavour as influential band When the Cat’s Away, the inspiration they have provided to local artists and audiences, and their importance in shaping New Zealand’s popular culture. Presented by NZ Music Hall of Fame Trust, the inductions were undertaken in a private ceremony whereupon inductees are gifted a tapu taonga, in accordance with tikanga Māori, with a public acknowledgement at the live broadcast.

Recorded Music New Zealand Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen is excited to be able to celebrate this year’s awards. “Our ringapuoro and their waiata are always there for us as the soundtrack of our shared experiences – they tell our stories and make us feel,” says Owen. “Even as we continue to navigate through the pandemic and the disturbance it brings, our music community deserve to be acknowledged. It’s an honour and a privilege to present the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards Tūī to celebrate our artists achievements. Ngā mihi nui ki te hunga whiringa toa!”

Thanks to the official Aotearoa Music Awards audio streaming partner Spotify you can check out all the finalists here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2qALFVU1inW45NlUgS3W2q?si=9ebdfb5b02f74cd2

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