Topics: Entertainment, NZ Music

High-achieving Māori musicians as finalists for 2015 VNZMA

By Kimiora Kaire-Melbourne
  • Auckland

The Video New Zealand Music Awards (VNZMA) celebrate 50 years since its inception.

The VNZMAs is the most coveted night for New Zealand homegrown music and many talented Māori artists are amongst those who are being recognised for their success over the past year.

Over the past year, popular Kiwi band Six60 has completed a sold-out nationwide tour, signed with Capitol Records, are currently working with Pharrell Williams and are preparing for their hot summer tour.  With all their achievements, it comes as no surprise that the band has been nominated for a total of five awards.

Six60 has been nominated for:

  • Best Pop Album
  • Album of the Year
  • Best Group
  • Single of the Year – White Lines
  • People’s Choice Award

Read more about their collaboration with American singer songwriter Pharrell Williams here.

Stan Walker is no stranger to the VNZMAs.  Just last year he walked away with the NZ On Air Airplay Record of the Year and the Vodafone People’s Choice Award.

This year, Walker has been nominated for:

  • Best Solo Male
  • People’s Choice Award

Anika Moa is one of three nominees for Best Female Solo Artist and former X Factor contestant Benny Tipene has been nominated for Best Pop Album.

A number of Māori artists are nominees in the Best Roots Album, such as Trinity Roots and Moana & the Tribe.  Moana & the Tribe were also nominated for Best Māori Album, alongside Ranea Aperehama and Whaia & Mahican.