Kimbra diva at awards
International star Kimbra won five Tuis, including the coveted album of year prize, at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards in Auckland last night.
The Hamilton- born 22-year-old was presented with the Tui for her debut album Vows by British folk band Mumford and Sons at the Vector Arena.
Kimbra also won an international achievement award – along with last year’s big winners The Naked and Famous – and claimed best female solo artist, breakthrough artist of the year and best pop album.
Legendary Kiwi band Toy Love were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame with the presentation of the Legacy Award.
Band Six60 won six Tuis – best single, people’s choice, best group, highest selling New Zealand album, and single and the New Zealand radio airplay record of the year. Their self-titled album debuted at No 1 in the New Zealand charts and was cer- tified gold in its first week.
Home Brew picked up best urban/ hip hop album for their No 1 self-titled release.
Local- actor- done- good Karl Urban took time from promoting the Hollywood hit Dredd 3D to present Auckland company Special Problems the best music video award for The Naked and Famous’ The Sun.
The production team was nominated for all three video finalists.
American singer Ben Harper presented the best roots award to The Black Seeds.
In a double win for the Nielson family, Ruban’s Unknown Mortal Orches tra were best male solo artists, while Kody’s Opossom group won the alternative album gong.
The Checks won the rock album award.
QUEEN OF THE NIGHT: Singer Kimbra was the big winner at the 2012 Vodaphone New Zealand Music Awards kick off once again at Auckland’s Vector Arena.