Kimbra favourite to win NZ top music award
Pop darling Kimbra leads the chase for this year’s Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards with a hefty six nominations.
The finalists for the top awards were announced at The Cloud in Auckland.
Along with the Hamilton-born singer, four other artists were named as finalists in multiple categories.
Home Brew and Six60 are up for five awards each, Gin Wigmore has four nominations and Opossom could walk away with three Tuis.
The winners will be named on November 1.
Kimbra is in the running for Album of the Year for her debut release Vows, Single of the Year for Warrior, Best Female Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Pop Album and the People’s Choice Award.
Vows debuted at number three on the New Zealand charts and has gone on to turn the 22 year old into an international star.
All finalists in the running for Best Pop Album are female – Bic Runga ( Belle), Gin Wigmore ( Gravel & Wine) and Kimbra ( Vows) – while it’s all men who make up the Best Rock Album category: Clap Clap Riot ( Counting Spins), The Checks ( Deadly Summer Sway) and Head Like A Hole ( Blood Will Out).
The Legacy Award will be presented to punk rock legends Toy Love on the night, who will also be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.
Recording Industry Association of New Zealand’s Chris Caddick said the band, featuring Chris Knox, have helped shape the local music scene.
‘‘Those of us lucky enough to have seen them live can say we truly saw music history in the making. Their classic singles and legendary albums continue to influence artists in New Zealand and all around the world to this day.’’
Meanwhile up-and-coming acts will vie for the Critics Choice Prize.
Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Black Seeds, Annah Mac, Six60 and Home Brew will all perform at the awards ceremony.
Tickets cost $25.