NZ Music awards: Kimbra wins 'best album'

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 front.

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 red carpet.

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 invited.

"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 said.

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 shoes.

"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 political message.

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 Brew''.

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 still.''

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 To Lose
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 - Anxiety.
Breakthrough Artist of The Year Winner: Kimbra - Vows. Other finalists: Annah Mac - Little Stranger, Home Brew - 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 - 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 Calculator (Zowie)
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 Roots
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 Famous

New Zealand Herald Legacy Award Toy Love

WINNERS OF TECHNICAL AWARDS:
Best Album Cover to Angela Keoghan for Dearly Departed (Bannerman)
MAINZ Best Engineer to Neil Baldock for Me & Moon (Lydia Cole)
MAINZ Best Producer to Kody Nielson for Belle (Bic Runga)

2012 CRITICS' CHOICE PRIZE:
Winner: Watercolours. Finalists: Beach Pigs, Loui the ZU