LAB and Tami Neilson clean up at the Aotearoa Music Awards
For the second straight year, LAB have cemented their place as one of New Zealand‘s top bands after cleaning up four tūī at Wednesday’s Aotearoa Music Awards.
Nominated for a total of six awards, 5-track Bay of Plenty Album of the Year (te pukaemi o te tau) for the 2021 release won LAB V, Single of the Year (te waiata tōtahi o te tau) for Mr. Reggae, Best Group ( te roopu toa) and Best Roots Artist (te kaipuoro taketake toa).
The group’s big win on Wednesday night matches LAB’s success in 2021, during which they also won four Tūī, including album of the year and single of the year.
The Aotearoa Music Awards celebrate the best New Zealand releases of the past year.
Also big in 2022 is country artist Tami Neilson, known for 2020 hit You Were Mine. The singer beat out finalists Lorde, Reb Fountain and Rob Ruha to become Best Female Solo Artist (kaipuroro takitahi toa), making her the first female artist to win the category since Bic Runga in 2006.
Neilson won two other awards this year, Best Country Artist (te kaipuroro tuawhenua toa) and Best Producer (tekaiwhakaputa), for her latest album Kingmaker.
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Fresh from his huge win at the 2022 Silver Scroll Awards in October, viral sensation Rob Ruha, who topped the nominations with six total, was hailed as Best Soul/RnB Artist (te kaipuroro awetoa) for the album Preservation on Wednesday.
The popular Māori artist was also awarded Ka Hau for the Waiata 35. The song enjoyed huge popularity on TikTok in 2021 and won the te māngai pāho mana reo Tūi.
In the group’s second win that night, Ka Hao took home Best Māori Artist (te māngai pāho te kaipuoro Māori toa) for the record Ka Hao: One Tira, One Voice.
Auckland-born pop star Benee won Best Pop Artist (te kaipuoro arotini toa) and Alien Weaponry for Best Rock Artist (te kaipuororakapioi toa) for a fourth time, and Georgia Lines from Tauranga won Breakthrough Artist of the Year (te kaituhurapuoro toa o te tao) for their second EP Human.
The other categories considered in New Zealand’s response to the Grammy Awards were Best Alternative Artist (te kaipuoro manohi toa), won by Vera Allen for the album It’s Your Birthday. Robert Ashworth and Sarah Watkins won the Tūī for Best Classical Artist (te kaipuoro tāhiko toa) and Best Hip Hop Artist (te kaipuoro hipihope toa) was won by Diggy Dupé for The Panthers Original Soundtrack.
Electronics producer Leaping Tiger (real name Jacob Park) picked up a win from his first AMA nomination, taking home Best Electronic Artist (te kaipuoro tāhiko toa).
Roots outfit Six60 proved they’re still producing the big hits, winning Best Selling Artist (te toa hoko teitei) and Radio Airplay Record of the Year (te rikoata marakerake o te tau) for the single Somebody to Be Around.
Behind the scenes, Chelsea Jade Metcalf took home the Best Album Cover (te toi ataata pukaemi toa) award for her Soft Spot album cover, and Joel Kefali and pop megastar Lorde accepted the Best Video Content award (te kiko puoro ataata toa). . for the video Secrets From a Girl (Who’s Seen it All).