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Kimbra wins Aussie music award

Published: 8:52AM Monday November 28, 2011 Source: ONE News/ AAP

Kiwi singer Kimbra has picked up the Best Female Artist award at the 2011 ARIAs in Australia, becoming just the second New Zealander to win the award.

Jenny Morris won the same accolade at the awards in 1987 and 1988.

The 21-year-old shook off tough competition from previous winners, Claire Bowditch and Megan Washington, to get the award for her single "Cameo Lover" at the Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards held last night in Sydney.

The singer was also invited up on stage by Aussie artist Gotye to share in the Best Single Award for the Aussie chart topping song Somebody that I used to know, on which she features.

The song spent eight weeks at the top earlier this year to become the most successful Australian number one since Savage Garden in 1997.

"Thank you to everybody for just listening to the song that we made, I think that's the greatest thanks I can give because I'm always excited by that," Gotye said after receiving the award.

Kimbra, thanked Gotye for "making me part of this amazing trip".

The New Zealand-born singer then teamed up with Gotye to perform the hit track.

Kimbra's debut album, Vows, was released in August.