Two past Silver Scroll luminaries have key roles to play in this year’s awards ceremony.
Multiple nominee Anika Moa will be the MC for the evening, while 1996 winner Bic Runga will serve as music director.
And the iconic singer-songwriters are both looking forward to the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards, which this year will be held at Spark Arena in Auckland on October 4.
Moa, who has become a popular TV presenter of late, quipped that “I have been robbed many times of this award, I have a slight desire for revenge in me”. “I am looking forward to standing in front of my musical peers and talking their ears off!” she continues. “There is no doubt I will be offensive, rude, and cheeky but I also endeavour to be articulate, wise and singing lots and lots on the night!”
Runga is also looking forward to the challenge of having the finalists’ nominated songs reinterpreted by other artists. “I’ve always wanted to have the chance to be the music director for the scrolls,” she adds. “I’m working hard on it now and so far it’s put me in touch with so many great artists I’ve admired but not yet met.
“But most of all it’s a celebration of our great songwriting talent. The finalist works are all incredible and I’m having such a great time with this already.”
The announcement of the final short-list all but completes the nominations line-up for this year’s Silver Scroll Awards.
Heading the short-list is Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who receive their third nomination for ‘Hunnybee’, which was written by Ruban and Kody Neilson, and Jacob Portrait. The Neilson brothers were the 2015 winners for the UMO song ‘Multi-Love’.
They are joined by two other previous nominees: Chelsea Jade, nominated last year for ‘Life Of The Party’, returns with ‘Laugh It Off’ (co-written with Bradley Chase), while ‘Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore’ earns 2015 nominee Marlon Williams a second nod.
The shortlist is completed by first time nominees Troy Kingi for ‘Aztechknowledgey’ from his 2017 album Shake That Skinny Ass All The Way To Zygertron, and punk popsters The Beths’ ‘Future Me Hates Me’, which was written by Elizabeth Stokes and is from their just released debut album of the same name.
The nominees in the specialist categories are as follows:
APRA Maioha Award
- Seth Haapu for ‘Ngaru Hōu’ by
- Ria Hall, Tiki Taane and Te Ori Paki for ‘Te Ahi Kai Pō’
- Rob Ruha for ‘Uia’
SOUNZ Contemporary Award
- Leonie Holmes for ‘Dance of the Wintersmith’
- Rosie Langabeer for ‘Occulmente’
- Michael Norris for ‘Sygyt’Cleverman
APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award
- Luke Buda, Samuel Scott and Conrad Wedde for Cleverman
- Karl Steven for Dear Murderer
- Matt Caradus for The Cul de Sac
APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award
- Sean Donnelly for The Free Man
- David Long for McLaren
- Stephen Gallagher for Human Traces