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Mint Chicks prepare to take on the world

Published: 9:44PM Thursday October 18, 2007 Source: ONE News

A band on the up, is now a band on the move.

The Mint Chicks were the big winners at the New Zealand Music Awards, cleaning up in all six of the categories they were nominated in.       

The four piece from Christchurch scored the prized scalps - best group, best album and best rock album, for Crazy Yes, Dumb No.

It's the first time in their six years together that they have won anything, but they have attracted a loyal underground following over that time.

Last night was a bizarre blur for the boys.

"I'd decided that we weren't going to win...it happened really quickly" says Ruban Nielson of the group.

"I was the same, I decided that we did not expect to win any...and it was like a dream" adds band memeber Paul Roper.

But basking in their local success will be shortlived, as the guys are off to the United States to live in Portland, Oregon.

"We'll have management in California by the time we get there and we'll just kind of work on what we'll do" says Nielson.

The other big winner, Hollie Smith, has already spent time Stateside, after being signed to a subsidiary of renowned jazz label Blue Note.

She took away best female solo artist, breakthrough artist and best Aotearoa roots album.

Long-standing artist Tim Finn took the award for best male solo artist.

The three Feilding brothers that make up Evermore spent over 40 weeks on the Kiwi charts with Light Surrounding You and it was justly named single of the year.

The boys from Zed still look as young as they did 10 years ago and with their new band, Atlas, they picked up the Tui for highest selling single.

The peoples choice award went to Opshop.

As for the Mint Chicks, they're still processing Thursday night, hoping it will be a case of today the Tui's, tomorrow the world.

Here's a full list of the winners and finalists:

Nokia Album of the Year

Winner: The Mint Chicks - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Finalists:
Brooke Fraser - Albertine
Evermore - Real Life
Hollie Smith - Long Player
Opshop - Second Hand Planet

Vodafone Single of the Year
Winner: Evermore - Light Surrounding You
Finalists:
Brooke Fraser - Deciphering Me
Liam Finn - Second Chance
Opshop - Maybe
The Tutts - K

Vodafone People's Choice Award
Winner: Opshop
Finalists:
Evermore
Brooke Fraser
The Black Seeds
Shapeshifter

Steinlager Pure Best Group
Winner: The Mint Chicks - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Finalists:
Evermore - Real Life
Opshop - Second Hand Planet

Best Male Solo Artist
Winner: Tim Finn - Imaginary Kingdom
Finalists:
Greg Johnson - Anyone Can Say Goodbye
Paul McLaney - Edin

Mazda Best Female Solo Artist
Winner: Hollie Smith - Long Player
Finalists:
Brooke Fraser - Albertine
Hayley Westenra - Treasure

KIWI FM Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Winner: Hollie Smith - Long Player
Finalists:
Atlas - Crawl
Liam Finn - Second Chance

PPNZ Best Rock Album
Winner: The Mint Chicks - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Finalists:
Evermore - Real Life
Opshop - Second Hand Planet

Best Urban/Hip Hop Album
Winner: PNC - Rookie Card
Finalists:
4 Corners - The Foundations
Deceptikonz - Heavy Rotation

Best Aotearoa Roots Album
Winner: Hollie Smith - Long Player
Finalists:
Age Pryor - Shanks' Pony
The Black Seeds - Into the Dojo

C4 Best Music Video
Winner: Sam Peacocke - Crazy?Yes!Dumb?No! (The Mint chicks)
Finalists:
Angus Sutherland and Liam Finn - Second Chance (Liam Finn)
Stephen Tolfrey - Maybe (Opshop)

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Winner: Shapeshifter - Soulstice
Finalists:
Bulletproof - Shake The Foundations
State Of Mind - Take Control

Best Maori Album
Winner: Richard Nunns & Hirini Melbourne - Te Whaiao: Te Ku Te Whe Remixed
Finalists:
Adam Whauwhau - Tukuna Mai
Toi Hautu - Na Te Atua

Best Gospel/Christian Album
Winner: Rapture Ruckus - I Believe
Finalists:
Hannah Donald - Unfinished Journey
Magnify - Alive Within

Best Classical Album
Winner: John Psathas - View From Olympus
Finalists:
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and James Judd - Lilburn - Orchestral Works
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - Kiri Sings Karl

Awards where no finalists are announced:
The New Zealand Herald Legacy Award
Johnny Devlin

International Achievement
Evermore

The Warehouse Highest Selling Album
Brooke Fraser - Albertine

Highest Selling Single
Atlas - Crawl

NZ on Air Airplay Record of the Year
Brooke Fraser - Deciphering Me

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