Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards


So I’m a bit late with this one… I have been recovering from one of the busiest weeks of my life! So I will try and get the next few blogs out as soon as possible there are so many adventures that I need to tell you about. On Thursday night last week (The Night after Natalia Kills, the night before Paiges’s birthday and 2 nights before Justin Bieber’s concert) I went to the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. I won tickets to go to the show from Vodafone but was asked at the last minute to go and film some interviews.

The one thing I noticed from the moment I arrived at Vector Arena (the venue) is that the game had definitely been stepped up. We had Media passes which gave us access to a Media Room behind the stage. Presenters, Performers and award winners filed through the media room as the night went on but first things first there was a red carpet to be walked and Limo’s were arriving the question on everyone’s lips though when would Cody Simpson arrive?


This is one of the few red carpets in New Zealand that are actually worth while it is substantial enough for fans to get photos with their favourite artists and long enough for the stars to pose for photos before they step off the carpet itself. While a New Zealand red carpet wouldn’t ever live up to the expectations of an American red this for New Zealand really is as good as it gets.

Right now in New Zealand music Lorde is the biggest name and really when I think about it actually she is one of the biggest names in international music as well. As you would expect the majority of New Zealanders thought she would take away every award she had been nominated for. It was refreshing that she didn’t win every category she was nominated for but I was stoked that she did take a few awards home. I was excited that the musical talent in Jamie McDell was recognised as well. People definitely under estimate her ability to write a song and I am so happy that her music is being recognised nationally.

New Zealand has a really weird attitude when it comes to success if someone is good at something we try and make them feel guilty about it, if someone succeeds we try and knock them back a peg it’s really sad that we can’t just suck it up and be happy for someone else’s success but it has become a sad way of life in New Zealand. While to be expected you had the big mouthed fast talking media personalities there was a nice sense of celebration on the night as well. Nothing can take away a persons musical ability and that is what the night was all about.

Well it’s all over for another year but it will be interesting to see which if any international acts will grace our shores for the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Check out the video I shot – Presented by Liam McEwan HERE:

Here are all the award categories and winners:

Album Of The Year
Winner: Aaradhna – Treble & Reverb

Vodafone Single of The Year
Winner: Lorde – Royals

Best Group
Winner: Shapeshifter – Delta

Best Male Solo Artist
Winner: Lawrence Arabia – The Sparrow

Best Female Solo Artist
Winner: Aaradhna – Treble & Reverb

Breakthrough Artist of The Year
Winner: Lorde – The Love Club EP

Best Rock Album
Winner: Villany – Mode. Set. Clear

Best Pop Album
Winner: Jamie McDell Six Strings and a Sailboat

Best Alternative Album
Winner: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

Best Urban / Hip Hop Album
Winner: Aaradhna – Treble & Reverb

Best Roots Album
Winner: Fat Freddy’s Drop – Blackbird

Best Electronic Album
Winner: Shapeshifter – Delta

NZ On Air Best Music Video
Winner: Joel Kefali – Royals (Lorde)

Best Maori Album
Winner: Maisey Rika – Whitiora

Best Gospel/Christian Album
Winner: Strahan – Posters

Best Classical Album
Winner: Michael Houstoun – Lilburn

Xbox One International Achievement Award
Winner: Lorde

Vodafone People’s Choice Award
Winner: Lord 

Vodafone Highest Selling Single
Flight Of The Conchords – Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)

FOUR Highest Selling Album
Peter Posa – White Rabbit: The Very Best Of

NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award
Stan Walker – Take It Easy

NZ Herald Legacy Award recipient
Shona Laing

Hallenstein Brothers 2013 Critics’ Choice Prize Line-Up
Winner: Sheep, Dog & Wolf

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