Teeks won the award for best solo artist at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards.
LAB and Teeks were the big winners of the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards in Auckland on Friday night.
Reggae group Kiwi won four Tūī – Album of the year for their fourth record LAB IV, Single of the year for Why oh why, Best Group and Best Roots Artist, while Teeks won three trophies, including Best Solo Artist, at the Stripped Presentation Ceremony at the Aotea Center.
LAB’s success has exceeded their own expectations, with singer and guitarist Joel Shadbolt recounting Things before the awards, that to be recognized for an album or a single “would be incredible”.
“We’ve worked a lot to make albums, that’s something we’re looking for as a band, releasing bodies of work instead of singles. So Album of the Year, I would be delighted if we win that, ”he added.
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“We’re just lucky to be able to be here and play. ”
Covid-19 security measures meant there were no audiences present for the ceremony, which was hosted by Hayley Sproull and Stan Walker, the latter among the performers of the evening, as well as Harper Finn, LAB , Team Dynamite, Teeks, Te Nūtube, Troy Kingi and Goldsmith Baynes.
The two young stars of the television series Māori Te Nūtube won two gongs, along with cousins Atareta Milne, 11, and Te Haakura Ihimaera-Manley, nine, winning the People’s Choice Award and the Te Māngai Pāho Mana Reo Award.
The pair were celebrated for their single Beijing, and broke established industry names to be crowned People’s Choice.
Harper Finn has lived up to expectations of having a family name akin to music royalty in Aotearoa, winning her first Tūī as the Revolutionary Artist of the Year recipient for his single Dance away these days.
Benee added another Tūī to his collection, winning the award for Best Pop Artist, his ninth gong after winning four awards in the 2019 and 2020 ceremonies.
Fan favorites Six60 were announced as the best-selling artist for 2021, while they also won the Radio Airplay of the year record for their single. Fade away.
Other 2021 winners included Dead Favors which won the award for best rock artist and Team Dynamite which won the award for best hip-hop artist.
Best Alternative Artist went to Na Noise, and Best Electronic Artist went to Paige Julia, while Claire Cowan won the Best Classical Artist award.
In addition, the five members of When the Cat’s Away were recognized as the latest inductees into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.
Annie Crummer, Debbie Harwood, Dianne Swann, Margaret Urlich and Kim Willoughby were honored for their individual contributions to the Aotearoa music scene, the inspiration they provided to local artists and audiences, and their importance in forming of New Zealand popular culture.