The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards is back for another year celebrating the best of New Zealand music. Held at Spark Arena, the event was hosted by Stan Walker and Kanoa Lloyd who brought their fun banter and personalities to the night.
The biggest winner on the night was Six 60 who secured 5 wins. They won Radio Airplay Record of the Year for Don’t Give It Up, Highest Selling Single for Don’t Give It Up, Highest Selling Album, Best Group and Vodafone People’s Choice Award. The power of their fans is truly on another level. This year, Six 60 became the first New Zealand group to sell out Western Springs Stadium, which they’re playing on Saturday 23rd February 2019. You can also catch other big winners such as Drax Project (Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Vodafone Single of the Year), SWIDT (Best Hip Hop Artist) and Sons of Zion (Best Roots Artist) all performing at the Six60 Western Springs show too. How good?
Troy Kingi won Best Soul/RnB and Best Māori Artist. The award for International Achievement went to Brooke Fraser who gave an inspiring speech urging everyone to keep creating and innovating. Other winners included Kimbra for Best Pop Artist (absent) and Marlon Williams won Best Solo Artist and Album of the Year (also absent).
All the performers brought their own energy to the stage, each playing their hit singles that you would have heard circulating around this past year. The show opened with Alien Weaponry, winners of Best Rock Artist performing Kai Tangata. Highlights during the rest of the show included Drax Project with Woke Up Late, Robinson with Nothing to Regret, Jess B with Set It Off featuring a group of amazing dancers that made you want to get up on stage and dance too. Stan Walker also took a break from hosting to perform a stripped down emotional tribute with his song Thank You. Of course the night wouldn’t have been complete without a performance from Six 60 themselves of Don’t Give It Up. The closing performance was given by Che Fu and the Krates with Et Tu.
Full List of Winners 2018
Vodafone Highest Selling Single – Six60 – Don’t Give It Up
Highest Selling Album – Six60 – Six60
Radio Airplay Record of the Year – Six60 – Don’t Give It Up
Vodafone People’s Choice Award: Six60
Best Group – Six60
Vodafone Single of the Year – Drax Project – Woke Up Late
Breakthrough Artist of the Year – Drax Project
Album of the Year- Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love
Best Solo Artist – Marlon Williams – Make Way for Love
Best Soul/RnB Artist – Troy Kingi
Best Māori Artist – Troy Kingi
Best Alternative Artist – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Best Roots Artist – Sons of Zion
Best Pop Artist – Kimbra
Best Hip Hop Artist – SWIDT
International Achievement – Brooke Fraser
Best Electronic Artist – Chores
Best Rock Artist – Alien Weaponry
Best Worship Artist – Equippers Revolution
Best Classical Artist – Eve de Castro Robinson
Legacy Award – Upper Hutt Posse
(Image: Six 60 Instagram)