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Six60 win big at NZ music awards

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Chart-toppers Six60 were the big winners at this year’s Vodafone NZ Music Awards, although international breakout artists Marlon Williams and Drax Project also enjoyed success at last night’s event at Spark Arena in Auckland.

The five piece, who have dominated the 2018 charts with their third self-titled EP and became the first homegrown act to sell out Western Springs, were named best group and also picked up People’s Choice award, which was open for the first time to the VNZMA finalists. Six60 also won highest selling album and single, along with the airplay award.

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Artisans celebrated at awards

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Two wins for Simon Gooding in the producing categories and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern presenting the inaugural Music Teacher Tui were among the highlights of this year’s Artisan Awards.

The event, which celebrates the behind-the-scenes music industry talent, was held last night (February 5) at Massey University’s School of Music and Creative Media Production in Wellington and saw five NZ music awards handed out.

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Greg Haver on the NZ Music Producer Series

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New Zealand producers and engineers can more than hold their own on the international stage, says award-winning studio wizard Greg Haver. And he would like to see more of them spreading their wings to gain that vital overseas experience.

The Welsh-born, New Zealand-based producer – best known for his work with Manic Street Preachers and NZ acts such as The Feelers and Opshop, will this month host the third edition of the New Zealand (NZMPS), which is part of the newly inaugurated series of events leading up to the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

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Music Teacher Tui nominations

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The finalists for the inaugural Music Teacher Tui have been unveiled.

The three finalists in the new Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards category are: Elizabeth Sneyd from Porirua’s Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust, Jane Egan from Gisborne Girls High School and Music Learning Centre Ltd, and Judith Bell from Christchurch’s Chisnallwood Intermediate School. Recorded Music NZ received more than 220 nominations for the Music Teacher Tui, which honours the impact music teachers have on the lives of their students.

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New look for NZ Music Awards

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Honouring the past, celebrating the present and looking forward to the future – those are the key themes for this year’s Vodafone NZ Music Awards.

The music industry’s premier awards event will once be held at Auckland’s Spark Arena on November 15 and this year will be hosted by pop icon Stan Walker and Three TV personality Kanoa Lloyd.

There will be a new look and feel for this year’s VNZMA, including a redesigned Tui statuette. According to Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan, the changes planned for this year’s VNZMA’s marketed the next step in the evolution of the ceremony.

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Jazz awards shortlist

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A globe-trotting young bassist and a new configuration of Kiwi music veterans are among the nominees for this year’s top jazz prizes.

The Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist and the APRA Best Jazz Composition awards will be presented on the opening night of the Wellington Jazz Festival on June 6.

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