November 18, 2018
Māori artists dominate Tui awards
Māori artists made strong showings in this year’s Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards presented last night at Auckland’s Spark Arena.
After kicking the ceremony off with a high energy performance of Kai Tangata, Waipū's Alien Weaponry took the Tui for best rock artist.
Troy Kingi took both Te Māngai Pāho best Māori artist award and was judged best soul/R&B artist on the back of his genre-bending Shake That Skinny Ass All the Way to Zygertron.
Six60 claimed five Tui including best group, highest settling album and single, the radio airplay award and the people’s choice award.
Marlon Williams took the best solo artist Tui and album of the year for Make Way for Love, after receiving the Tui last week for best music video for his track Vampire Again.
The legacy award went to Aotearoa hip hop pioneers Upper Hutt Posse who were inducted into the Te Whare Taonga Pūoro/New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.
Che Fu and The Kratez, featuring 14 year old DMC DJ World Champ K-Swizz closed out the evening ceremony with a powerful performance of the Posse’s classic E Tū.
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