Nominations are now open in three more categories for this year’s Recorded Music New Zealand’s music genre awards.
The Best Children’s Music Artist, Best Country Music Artist and Best Jazz Artist are open to artists who released an album or five singles releases during the period January 1-December 31 2018.
The winners in these categories are presented in award ceremonies during the year instead of at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
The NZ Country Music Awards are held at the end of May in Gore and comprise of the APRA Best Country Music Song, Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist and a number of MLT songwriting awards. The winner in the RMNZ category this year was Reb Fountain.
The NZ Jazz Awards are handed out on the opening night of the Wellington Jazz Festival in June and are made up of the APRA Best Jazz Composition Award and RMNZ’s Best Jazz Artist Tui; the 2018 winner of the latter was Umar Zakaria. The Children’s Music Awards, meanwhile, are presented at a special ceremony in May and comprise of RMNZ NZ Best Children’s Music Artist – won last year by Levit Beet – the APRA Best Children’s Music Song award and the NZ On Air Best Children’s Music Video award.
The first genre award ceremony of the year will be held on January 27 at the Auckland Folk Festival, with two-time winner Great North lining up against Jono Heyes and The Frank Burkitt Band for the Best Folk Artist Tui.