Last night at an event in Auckland, Lorde was named the winner of this year’s Taite Music Prize, beating out the other seven nominees for the best album from a New Zealand artist in 2013. Unable to make it along on the night, she accepted the award via a pre-recorded video from Las Vegas and offered to split the $10,000 prize money and studio time among her fellow nominees.
Also presented on the night was the Independent Music NZ Classic Record which went to AK.79.
Here’s the finalists for the award:
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘II’ (Rhythmethod)
Beastwars – ‘Blood Becomes Fire’ (Destroy Records)
Sheep Dog & Wolf – ‘Egospect’ (Lil’ Chief Records)
The Phoenix Foundation – ‘Fandango’ (The Phoenix Foundation/Universal)
David Dallas – ‘Falling Into Place’ (Frequency Media Group/Universal)
@peace – ‘Girl Songs’ (Frequency Media Group/Universal)
Lorde – ‘Pure Heroine’ (Universal Music New Zealand)
Jonathan Bree – ‘The Primrose Path’ (Lil’ Chief Records)