The stars of New Zealand music arrived at Vector Arena this
evening for the 2012 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Pop success Kimbra shone brightly in a glittery gold and
flesh-toned frock with yellow flowers vicariously attached.
Flora was also the theme for New Zealand's other leading
female musician, Gin Wigmore, who looked simply stunning in a
red floor-length dress with pink roses embroidered on the
The pair share the most nominations for the awards, but as
far as the gong for top international success is concerned,
Wigmore thinks she has it.
"I think I've already won,'' she joked as she arrived on the
Super rock group Six60, who were up for five prizes tonight,
took the diplomatic approach on the red carpet, saying they
weren't focused on beating Kimbra for award wins.
"She's had an incredible year, we've had an incredible year.
It's New Zealand music that's really won,'' they said.
The Hamilton-born songbird said she was just happy to be
"I know it sounds cliche, but I'm just so stoked to be here
and to just be up for one [award] would be awesome,'' Kimbra
Hip hoppers Home Brew created a scene on the red carpet,
arriving with a goat, cigarettes and not enough shoes.
One of the group wore a crown teamed with white bath robe,
while another opted for a poncho, long wig, fake beard and no
"Let's not exploit the goat, man,'' they said as they were
asked questions on their arrival.
Young singer-songwriter Jamie McDell wanted questions - she
snubbed the tradition of a glamorous frock in favour of a
She arrived, flanked by two surf lifesavers, wearing a shark
suit and carrying a placard demanding "stop shark finning''.
The greatest attempt at controversy were the boys of Home
Brew, who arrived at Vector Arena smoking.
Co-host Ben Boyce opened the ceremony from a seat in the
ceiling, saying he was "higher than the lead singer of Home
The rappers had arrived on the red carpet to turn heads -
walking with a goat, cigarettes and not enough shoes.
The group tried to get political on stage as they collected
the trophy for best urban/hip hop album.
"I want to thank God ... for not existing,'' one of the group
started in their acceptance speech.
"I want to thank my mum. Thank you for your womb and
everything. Thank you for letting me live at your house
And, as the music began to play them off the stage, the group
gave a final shout-out to National leader John Key.
"And I just want to thank the Prime Minister for selling all
our s***, for not supporting the working class.''
Winners and finalists
Album of The Year Winner Kimbra - Vows. Other
finalists: Home Brew - Home Brew, Opossom - Electric Hawaii,
Six60 - Six60, The Adults - The Adults
Single of The Year Winner: Six60 - Don't Forget Your
Roots. Other finalists: Annah Mac - Girl in Stilettos, Gin
Wigmore - Black Sheep, Kimbra - Warrior, The Adults - Nothing
Best Group Winner Six60 - Six60. Other finalists: Home
Brew - Home Brew, Opossom - Electric Hawaii
Best Male Solo Artist Winner: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Other finalists: Bulletproof -
Dub Me Crazy, Seth Haapu - Seth Haapu.
Best Female Solo Artist Winner: Kimbra - Vows. Other
finalists: Gin Wigmore - Gravel & Wine, Ladyhawke -
Breakthrough Artist of The Year Winner: Kimbra - Vows.
Other finalists: Annah Mac - Little Stranger, Home Brew -
Best Rock Album Winner The Checks - Deadly Summer
Sway. Other finalists: Clap Clap Riot - Counting Spins, Head
Like a Hole - Blood Will Out.
Best Pop Album Winner Kimbra - Vows. Other finalists:
Bic Runga - Belle, Gin Wigmore - Gravel & Wine.
Best Alternative Album Winner Opossom - Electric
Hawaii. Other finalists: Ladyhawke - Anxiety, Unknown Mortal
Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Best Urban / Hip Hop Album Winner Home Brew - Home
Brew. Other finalists: Adeaze - Rise & Shine, Savage -
Mayhem & Miracles
Best Roots Album Winner The Black Seeds - Dust And
Dirt. Other finalists: Hollie Smith - Hollie Smith & Mara
TK Band of Brothers Vol.1, Tomorrow People - ONE
Best Electronica Album Winner Concord Dawn - Air
Chrysalis. Other finalists: Bulletproof - Dub Me Crazy, Six60
Best Music Video Winner Special Problems - The Sun
(The Naked and Famous) Other finalists: Special Problems -
Take a Picture (David Dallas), Special Problems - My
Best Maori Album Winner Ria Hall - Ria Hall. Other
finalists: Upper Hutt Posse - Declaration of Resistance,
Whirimako Black and Richard Nunns - Te More
Best Gospel/Christian Album Winner Parachute Band -
Matins:Vespers. Other finalists: Rapture Ruckus - Open Your
Eyes, The Ember Days - Emergency
Best Classical Album Winner Christopher Blake - Angel
at Ahipara. Other finalists: Anthony Ritchie and The New
Zealand Symphony Orchestra - A Bugle Will Do, Eve de
Castro-Robinson - Releasing the Angel
Vodafone People's Choice Award Winner Six60.
Finalists: Gin Wigmore, Kimbra, Home Brew, Stan Walker
Highest Selling NZ Single Six60 - Don't Forget Your
Highest Selling NZ Album Six60 - Six60
NZ on Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year Six60 -
Don't Forget Your Roots
International Achievement Awards Kimbra, The Naked and
New Zealand Herald Legacy Award Toy Love
WINNERS OF TECHNICAL AWARDS:
Best Album Cover to Angela Keoghan for Dearly Departed
MAINZ Best Engineer to Neil Baldock for Me & Moon
MAINZ Best Producer to Kody Nielson for Belle (Bic
2012 CRITICS' CHOICE PRIZE:
Winner: Watercolours. Finalists: Beach Pigs, Loui the