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Lorde, Broods dominate New Zealand Music Awards

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Electro-pop duo Broods blazed their way to Tui glory at the 50th Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards last night, taking home an impressive four gongs – including Best Album – and marking the end of an exceptional year.

The Nelson-born brother and sister seemed genuinely overwhelmed by their impressive haul, with a barefoot Georgia Nott, 21, begging VNZMA veteran Lorde for some acceptance-speech tips, saying, “We’re not good at talking – we’re musicians!”

The stunned siblings, who also performed their hit “Mother and Father”, paid tribute to their parents “for teaching us how to play guitar and sing”.

Lorde – resplendent in a figure-hugging red dress – took home the Single of the Year award (for the third time in a row) for her Hunger Games soundtrack hit “Yellow Flicker Beat”. The 19-year-old, who had flown in from New York two days earlier, was upbeat as she thanked mum Sonia Yelich-O’Connor for being her right-hand woman – and scooping up her socks off countless hotel-room floors!

Meanwhile, Best Solo Female Artist winner Gin Wigmore gave a shout-out to female artists, teasing fellow nominee Anika Moa with a cheeky “up yours, Anika” as she accepted her gong.

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VNZMA winners Gin Wigmore (left, in an outfit from The Kooples) and Lorde (right). Photo: Getty

Girls undoubtedly ruled the night, but the boys didn’t go home empty-handed.

Rising alt-country star Marlon Williams scooped Tuis for Best Male Solo Artist and Best Breakthrough Artist, while perennial Samoan-Kiwi opera favourites Sol3 Mio took home Highest-Selling Album for their self-titled debut for the second year running. Savage and Tiny Trumpet opened the show with a rousing version of “Freaks”, which won Highest-Selling Single.

Legendary artist Mick Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Mac fame, made a surprise appearance at the star-studded bash, hosted this year by Taika Waititi.

Several artists paid tribute to Jonah Lomu, who passed earlier this week, the most moving being a rousing impromptu haka by Best Maori Album winner Ranea.

VNZMA 2015 winners by category

Mentos Album of the Year

Broods – Evergreen

Vodafone Single of the Year

Lords – Yellow Flicker Beat

Best Group

Broods – Evergreen

Best Male Solo Artist

Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams

Best Female Solo Artist

Gin Wigmore – Blood To Bone

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams

Best Rock Album

Shihad – FVEY

The Edge Best Pop Album

Broods – Evergreen

Best Alternative Album

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

Best Urban/Hip Hop Album

Janine and The Mixtape – XX

Best Roots Album

Trinity Roots – Citizen

Best Electronica Album

Electric Wire Hustle – Love Can Prevail

NZ On Air Best Music Video

Shahir Daud – Cymatics (Nigel Stanford)

Best Maori Album

Ranea – Tihei Mauri Ora

Best Worship Album

LIFE Worship – Through The Fire

Best Classical Album

Michael Houstoun – Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas

Highest Selling Album

Sol3 Mio – Sol3 Mio

Highest Selling Single

Savage and Timmy Trumpet – Freaks

NZ ON AIR Radio Airplay Record of the Year

Broods – Mother & Father

International Achievement



Vodafone People’s Choice Award


NZ Herald Legacy Award

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