Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards are almost here

In less than a week the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards will take over Spark Arena. From incredible performances to hotly contested award categories, this is everything you'll get to experience.

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The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards is here again, and we can’t wait for the night to unfold.

Not only do the VNZMAs recognise the exceptional artists currently creating the soundtrack to our lives, they also take the time to remember the great musicians of Aotearoa and nurture the talents of up-and-comers from the next generation of musicians.

Singer-songwriter Stan Walker and The Project host Kanoa Lloyd will host the event.

The 2018 awards ceremony will celebrate the winners of the 16 categories awarded on the night including Album of the Year, Vodafone Single of the Year, THREE Best Solo Artist, Best Group, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

One of the most exciting developments for 2018, the new Artists’ Tui initiative sees a prominent New Zealand creative putting their twist on the iconic trophy every year. This year, the Tui evolves once more thanks to arguably one of New Zealand’s most iconic and well-known visual artists Dick Frizzell. 

Lorde 'Green Light' live at VNZMA 2017


Four acts are tied for the most nominations with Alien Weaponry, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Six60 and Drax Project all up for four awards each. Other artists with multiple nominations include Kimbra, Julia Deans, Marlon Williams, JessB, Sons of Zion, Tami Neilson, Robinson and Katchafire.

For the first time, all 32 finalists are eligible for the People’s Choice Award.

Album of the Year

Alien Weaponry – Tū
Julia Deans – We Light Fire
Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love
Six60 – Six60
Tami Neilson – Sassafrass!
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food

Vodafone Single of the Year

Drax Project – ‘Woke Up Late’
Mitch James – ’21’
Robinson – ‘Nothing To Regret’
Six60 – ‘Don’t Give It Up’
Sons Of Zion – ‘Drift Away’
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Hunnybee’

Best Group

Alien Weaponry – Tū
Drax Project – Noon
Six60 – Six60
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food

ALIEN WEAPONRY - Kai Tangata (Official Video) | Napalm Records

THREE Best Solo Artist

Julia Deans – We Light Fire
Kimbra – Primal Heart
Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love
Tami Neilson – Sassafrass!

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Drax Project

Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist

Alien Weaponry
Troy Kingi

The Edge Best Pop Artist

Drax Project

Best Alternative Artist

Marlon Williams
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Wax Chattels

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Hunnybee (Official Video)

Best Soul/RnB Artist

Israel Starr
Troy Kingi
Vince Harder

Best Hip Hop Artist


Best Roots Artist

Sons of Zion
Tomorrow People

Best Electronic Artist

Arma Del Amor

Best Rock Artist

Alien Weaponry
Cairo Knife Fight
Skinny Hobos

Best Worship Artist

EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth Choir
Equippers Revolution
Kane Adams

Best Classical Artist

Eve de Castro Robinson
Henry Wong Doe
Michael Houstoun

Other Tuis to be given out on the night include the Vodafone People’s Choice Award, Recorded Music NZ Legacy Award, Vodafone Highest Selling Single, Highest Selling Album, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year and International Achievement.

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards will take over Spark Arena on Thursday 15 November. To be there, get your tickets from