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By Stephen Heard
November 22, 2013
By Stephen Heard
November 22, 2013

The 48th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards were presented at Auckland’s Vector Arena last night (November 21, 2013).

It was a clean sweep for Auckland 17-year-old Lorde who took out all three of her nominated categories - Single of the Year for Royals, People's Choice, Breakout Artist of the Year, as well as scooping up the International Achievement Award. Joel Kefali of music video production company Special Problems also took out Best Video for Lorde’s Royals.

Soul singer Aaradhna added three Tuis to her trophy cabinet, which already holds six Pacific Music Awards, won earlier this year. She took out the coveted Album of the Year and Best Urban/Hip-Hop Album for ‘Treble & Reverb’, plus the Best Female Solo Artist award.

Other multi-winners include drum n bass act Shapeshifter who won Best Group and Best Electronica Album for their fifth album ‘Delta’.

Shona Laing became the first solo female artist to be presented with the Legacy Award and be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame, joining Dave Dobbyn, Herbs, Straitjacket Fits, Topp Twins, Johnny Devlin, Toy Love, Ray Columbus & The Invaders, Shihad, The Formyula, Hello Sailor, Dragon, Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns. The award was presented by Jordan Luck and followed with a tribute performance by Ruby Frost singing two of Laing’s hits - 'Soviet Snow' and 'Glad I'm Not A Kennedy'.

See the full list of winners below.

Album of the Year Aaradhna - ‘Treble & Reverb’

Single of the Year Lorde - Royals

Best Group Shapeshifter - ‘Delta’

Best Male Solo Artist Lawrence Arabia - ‘The Sparrow’

Best Female Solo Artist Aaradhna - ‘Treble & Reverb’

Breakthrough Artist of the Year Lorde - ‘The Love Club EP’

Best Rock Album Villainy - ‘Mode. Set. Clear.’

Best Pop Album Jamie McDell - ‘Six Strings and a Sailboat’

Best Alternative Album Unknown Mortal Orchestra - ‘II’

Best Urban/Hip Hop Album Aaradhna - ‘Treble & Reverb’

Best Roots Album Fat Freddy’s Drop - ‘Blackbird’

Best Electronica Album Shapeshifter - ‘Delta’

Best Music Video Joel Kefali - Royals (Lorde)

Best Maori Album Maisey Rika - ‘Whitiora’

Best Gospel/Christian Album Strahan - ‘Posters’

Best Classical Album Michael Houstoun - ‘Lilburn’

People’s Choice Award Lorde

Legacy Award Shona Laing

Highest Selling NZ Single Flight of the Conchords - Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)

Highest Selling NZ Album Peter Posa 'White Rabbit: The Very Best Of'

Radio Airplay Record of the Year Stan Walker

International Achievement Award Lorde

Photo credit: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

Published on November 22, 2013 by Stephen Heard


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