VNZMA 2012: The Nominees, Technical Awards Winners, Critics Choice Finalists and Legacy Award Recipient

The Vodafone NZ Music Awards are inching closer and closer and at a ceremony held tonight at The Cloud, RIANZ announced the full list of nominees, the Technical Awards winners, the three Critics Choice finalists and the recipient of this year’s Legacy Award.

Leading the awards is Kimbra with six nominations, followed by Home Brew and Six60 with five, Gin Wigmore with four and Opposom with three. The legacy award recipient this year is Toy Love.

The award ceremony takes place November 1 at Vector Arena while the Critics Choice showcase will be held on Wednesday October 17 at the Kings Arms and will be between Watercolours, Loui The ZU and Beach Pigs.


Technical Awards Winners

Best Album Cover to Angela Keoghan for Dearly Departed (Bannerman)

MAINZ Best Producer to Kody Nielson for Belle (Bic Runga)

MAINZ Best Engineer to Neil Baldock for Me & Moon (Lydia Cole)

- VNZMA Finalists -

Album of The Year

Home Brew – Home Brew
Kimbra – Vows
Opossom – Electric Hawaii
Six60 – Six60
The Adults – The Adults

Vodafone Single of The Year

Annah Mac – Girl in Stilettos
Gin Wigmore – Black Sheep
Kimbra – Warrior
Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots
The Adults – Nothing To Lose

FOUR Best Group

Home Brew – Home Brew
Opossom – Electric Hawaii
Six60 – Six60

Best Male Solo Artist

Bulletproof – Dub Me Crazy
Seth Haapu – Seth Haapu
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Best Female Solo Artist

Gin Wigmore – Gravel & Wine
Kimbra – Vows
Ladyhawke – Anxiety

Westpac Hotpoints Breakthrough Artist of The Year

Annah Mac – Little Stranger
Home Brew – Home Brew
Kimbra – Vows

Rockshop Best Rock Album

The Checks – Deadly Summer Sway
Clap Clap Riot – Counting Spins
Head Like a Hole – Blood Will Out

The Edge Best Pop Album

Bic Runga – Belle
Gin Wigmore – Gravel & Wine
Kimbra – Vows

Best Alternative Album

Ladyhawke – Anxiety
Opossom – Electric Hawaii
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unkown Mortal Orchestra

Best Urban / Hip Hop Album

Adeaze – Rise & Shine
Home Brew – Home Brew
Savage – Mayhem & Miracles

Best Roots Album

Hollie Smith – Hollie Smith & Mara TK Band of Brothers Vol.1
The Black Seeds – Dust And Dirt
Tomorrow People – ONE

Best Electronica Album

Bulletproof – Dub Me Crazy
Concord Dawn – Air Chrysalis
Six60 – Six60

NZ On Air Best Music Video

Special Problems – Take a Picture (David Dallas)
Special Problems – The Sun (The Naked and Famous)
Special Problems – My Calculator (Zowie)

Best Maori Album

Ria Hall – Ria Hall
Upper Hutt Posse – Declaration of Resistance
Whirimako Black and Richard Nunns – Te More

Best Gospel / Christian Album

Parachute Band – Matins:Vespers
Rapture Ruckus – Open Your Eyes
The Ember Days – Emergency

KBB Music Best Classical Album

Anthony Ritchie and The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – A Bugle Will Do
Christopher Blake – Angel at Ahipara
Eve de Castro-Robinson – Releasing the Angel

Vodafone People’s Choice Award

Gin Wigmore
Home Brew
Stan Walker

New Zealand Herald Legacy Award

Toy Love

No finalists are announced for the Vodafone Highest Selling NZ Single, the Highest Selling NZ Album, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year and the International Achievement awards. These will be awarded at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards ceremony at Auckland’s Vector Arena on November 1.

The recipient of the New Zealand Herald Legacy Award – Toy Love – will also be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

2012 Critics Choice Lineup

Beach Pigs
Loui the Zu


  1. NZ On Air Best Music Video

    Special Problems – Take a Picture (David Dallas)
    Special Problems – The Sun (The Naked and Famous)
    Special Problems – My Calculator (Zowie)

    …. Really? Is that a joke?

  2. AlexLyall says:

    So many good artists in each category to choose from. Except six-60 – they can suck a fat one.

  3. Dan Taipua says:

    Am I wrong in thinking Six60 will take Highest Selling Single, Album and Most Radioplay?

    I know the results are already calculable, but I’m too lazy to math it out :-B

  4. GO Six60, I think they will clean up. The most amazing live performace I have ever seen. I saw them in London. Going to see them in New York for the CMJ music marathon!!

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