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Gin and Stan win big at NZ Music Awards

Published: 9:46PM Thursday October 07, 2010 Source: ONE News

Gin Wigmore and Stan Walker were the big winners at the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards announced in Auckland last night, with each scooping four awards.

Wigmore collected four Tuis for Album of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Pop Album, and Highest Selling New Zealand Album.

She told ONE News entertainment reporter Joanna Hunkin she was "ecstatic" about the wins, but admitted she had been hoping for a clean sweep.

"Let's be honest. I mean if you get nominated for six, you want to win all six, but four's fine," she laughed.

She said winning album of the year was the "biggest honour of her life, to date".

The wins top off a stellar year for Wigmore - her album Holy Smoke has gone triple platinum, with singles Too Late For Lovers, Oh My, Hey Ho, and I Do all featuring in the NZ top 40 simultaneously.

Pop/R&B star Stan Walker also took home four - for Highest Selling NZ Single, NZ on Air Airplay Record of the Year, Vodafone People's Choice and International Achievement.

"I'm buzzing out because I didn't even know I was going to win one award. I'm pretty blessed, it's so awesome," he told ONE News.

"To win it in Aotearoa, back home, is so awesome."

The Phoenix Foundation snared the music award for Best Group - adding to three technical awards that the band's album Buffalo won earlier this year.

Kids of 88 took away the Single of the Year award, while Tim Van Dammen won the Best Music Video award with his Kids of 88 video for Just a Little Bit.

Dane Rumble was named Best Male Solo Artist, while Anika Moa won the Best Female Solo Artist category.

Rock legends Shihad were honoured for their contribution to New Zealand Music, receiving the Legacy Award and an induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. The band formed in 1988, winning a first New Zealand Music Award for 'Most Promising Group' in 1993.

Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards spokesperson Campbell Smith says the depth and talent of New Zealand music is highlighted with awards going to a wide variety of artists.

"It's fantastic to see such a range of artists celebrated. There is a real breadth and depth in our music, with stars from across all genres, new artists and established acts, all winning Tuis. This is real evidence that New Zealand music is flourishing, growing and constantly evolving.

"It has been a real honour to be able to celebrate Shihad's legacy - they are a truly legendary and trailblazing New Zealand band and they have probably influenced most, if not all, of the other winners and finalists from tonight, musically and professionally. And their latest album proves they're still very much at the top of their game."

See Gin Wigmore and Stan Walker talk about their awards here.

WINNERS IN THE VODAFONE NEW ZEALAND MUSIC AWARDS 2010

Vodafone Album of The Year
Winner: Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke
Other finalists:
Anika Moa - Love in Motion
Dane Rumble - The Experiment
Shapeshifter - The System Is A Vampire
The Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo

Vodafone Single of The Year
Winner: Kids Of 88 - Just A Little Bit
Other finalists:
Dane Rumble - Cruel
Gin Wigmore - Oh My
J.Williams - You Got Me
The Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo

Best Group
Winner: The Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo
Other finalists:
Shapeshifter - The System Is A Vampire
The Checks - Alice By The Moon

Best Male Solo Artist
Winner: Dane Rumble - The Experiment
Other finalists:
Connan Mockasin - Please Turn Me Into The Snat
J.Williams - Young Love

Best Female Solo Artist
Winner: Anika Moa - Love in Motion
Other finalists:
Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke
Hollie Smith - Humour And The Misfortune Of Others

Breakthrough Artist of The Year
Winner: Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke
Other finalists:
Artisan Guns - Autumn
Dane Rumble - The Experiment

Best Rock Album
Winner: The Checks - Alice By The Moon
Other finalists:
Dimmer - Degrees of Existence
The Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo

Best Pop Album
Winner: Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke
Other finalists:
Anika Moa - Love in Motion
Dane Rumble - The Experiment

Best Urban / Hip Hop Album
Winner: David Dallas - Something Awesome
Other finalists:
J.Williams - Young Love
Young Sid - What Doesn't Kill Me

Best Aotearoa Roots Album
Winner: Opensouls - Standing In The Rain
Other finalists:
Fly My Pretties - A Story
Hollie Smith - Humour And The Misfortune Of Others

Best Music Video
Winner: Tim Van Dammen - Just A Little Bit (Kids Of 88)
Other finalists:
Nathan Hickey - Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation)
Sam Peacocke - Sleepeater (Shihad)

Best Electronica Album
Winner: Bulletproof - Soundtrack To Forever
Other finalists:
P-Money - Everything
Shapeshifter - The System Is A Vampire

Best Gospel/Christian Album
Winner: Edwin Derricutt - Three Hours South
Other finalists:
John Michaelz - Walk on Water
Magnify - Wonderland

Best Classical Album
Winner: Simon O'Neill - Father & Son: Wagner Scenes & Arias
Other finalists:
John Psathas - UKIYO
NZTrio - FLOURISHES
Strike Percussion - Sketches

Vodafone Peoples' Choice
Winner: Stan Walker
Gin Wigmore
Dane Rumble
Kids of 88
Shapeshifter

Highest Selling NZ Single
Stan Walker - Black Box

Highest Selling NZ Album
Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke

NZ on Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year
Stan Walker - Black Box

International Achievement Award
Stan Walker
The recipient of the Legacy Award is Shihad. Shihad is also inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

Winners of Technical Awards
Best Album Cover to Paul Johnson for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation).
Best Engineer to Lee Prebble for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation).
Best Producer to The Phoenix Foundation for Buffalo.

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