Vodafone NZ Music Awards Winners Announced

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards celebrated their 51st year at Auckland's Vector Arena last night.

The red carpet was rolled out for Kiwi musicians, media, local celebrities and the music industry.

Bic Runga received the NZ Herald Legacy Award for her extensive music career. The Sway hit-maker was also inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

Lawrence Arabia took out the Best Alternative Album category with his album Absolute Truth.


Vodafone Single of the Year: Broods, Free

Vodafone Album of the Year: Broods, Conscious

Best Group: Broods

Best Pop Album: Broods, Conscious

Vodafone People's Choice Award: Broods

Best Female Solo Artist: Aaradhna 

Best Urban/ Hip Hop Album: Aaradhna, Brown Girl

Best Male Solo Artist: MAALA

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: KINGS

International Achievement Award 2016: Fat Freddy's Drop

Highest Selling Album of the Year 2016: Sol3 Mio, On Another Note

Highest Selling Single of the Year 2016: Six60, White Lines

NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record Of The Year: Six60, White Lines

NZ Herald Legacy Award: Bic Runga

NZ Music Hall of Fame Recipient: Bic Runga

Best Rock Album 2016: Villainy, Dead Sight

Best Alternative Album 2016: Lawrence Arabia, Absolute Truth

Best Electronic Album 2016: Pacific Heights, The Stillness

Best Reggae/Roots Album 2016: Unity Pacific, Blackbirder Dread

The Te Mangai Paho Best Maori Album: Rob Ruha, Pumau

Best Worship Album:  Edge Kingsland, Edge Kingsland Vol 3: The Common Good

Best Classical Album: Anthony Ritchie and Ross Harris, Fjarran

Tui recipients who have received their awards during the year are: 

Best Jazz Album: Phil Broadhurst Quintet - Panacea

Best Folk Album: Holly Arrowsmith - For The Weary Traveller

Best Pacific Music Album: Te Vaka - Amataga

Best Country Music Album: The Warratahs - Runaway Days

Best Album Cover: Anns Taylor - Absolute Truth (Lawrence Arabia)

Best Engineer: Joel Little - Conscious (Broods)

Massey University Best Producer: Joel Little - Conscious (Broods)

NZ On Air Best Music Video: Chris Lane - Inside Out (Avalanche City)

Best Children's Music Album: Itty Bitty Beats - Lay Your Head Down

NZ On Air 2016 Critics' Choice Prize – Scuba Diva