LAB and Teeks reign supreme at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards

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Teeks won the Best Solo Artist award at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards.

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Teeks won the Best Solo Artist award at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards.

LAB and Teeks were the big winners at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards in Auckland on Friday night.

Reggae band Kiwi won four Tūī – Album of the Year for their fourth album LAB IV, single of the year for why oh why, Best Group and Best Roots Artist, while Teeks took home three trophies, including Best Solo Artist, at the stripped-down presentation ceremony at the Aotea Center.

LAB’s success exceeded their own expectations, with vocalist and guitarist Joel Shadbolt recounting Things before the awards, that being recognized for an album or a single “would be amazing”.

Stu Kora (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Ara Adams-Tamatea (bass), Joel Shadbolt (lead guitar, vocals), Miharo Gregory (keyboards, backing vocals), Brad Kora (drums, backing vocals) of New Zealand reggage <a class=band LAB” style=”width:100%;display:inline-block”/>

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Stu Kora (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Ara Adams-Tamatea (bass), Joel Shadbolt (lead guitar, vocals), Miharo Gregory (keyboards, backing vocals), Brad Kora (drums, backing vocals) of New Zealand reggage band LAB

“We’ve put a lot of work into creating albums, it’s something we’re looking for as a band, releasing bodies of work instead of singles. So Album of the Year, I’d be thrilled if we won that,” he added.

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“We are just blessed to be able to be here and play.”

Covid-19 safety measures meant there were no audiences for the ceremony, which was hosted by Hayley Sproul and Stan Walker, the latter being among the performers of the evening, alongside Harper Finn, LAB , Team Dynamite, Teeks, Te Nūtube, Troy Kingi and Goldsmith Baynes.

Harper Finn, son of Tim, won his first Tūī as the recipient of Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

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Harper Finn, son of Tim, won his first Tūī as the recipient of Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

The two young stars of the Māori Television series Te Nutube claimed two gongs, with his 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 couple were celebrated for their single beijing, and beat out established industry names to be crowned People’s Choice.

Harper Finn lived up to the expectations that come with having a family name akin to music royalty in Aotearoa, winning his first Tūī as the recipient of Breakthrough Artist of the Year 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 at the 2019 and 2020 ceremonies.

Fan favorites Six60 have been announced as the top-selling artist for 2021, while they also won Airplay Radio Record of the Year for their single Molten.

Other winners of 2021 include Dead Favors who won Best Rock Artist and Team Dynamite who won Best Hip-Hop Artist.

Best Alternative Artist went to Na Noise and Best Electronic Artist to Paige Julia, while Claire Cowan won Best Classical Artist.

Additionally, the five members of When the Cat’s Away have been 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 shaping New Zealand popular culture.

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