Kim­bra favourite to win NZ top mu­sic award

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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