Broods win big at this year's Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards

Publish Date
Friday, 18 November 2016, 8:17AM

For the second year in a row Broods have dominated at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

It was a clean sweep for the brother and sister duo of Caleb and Georgia Nott as they took out five of the night's biggest prizes, including the coveted and hotly contested People's Choice Award.

The pair also won Best Album of the Year and Best Pop Album of the Year for their latest record Conscious, Single of the Year for their song Free and the Tui for Best Group.

There was only one real disappointment for the group, the fact that they couldn't accept any of their awards in person.

"It feels really surreal," vocalist Georgia told the NZ Herald from Washington, where Broods are touring right now.

"Especially being on the other side of the world while it's all going on. It feels so strange. It almost hasn't sunk in yet. I still can't believe it."

It was an undoubtedly impressive performance but Broods weren't the only winners on the night. Some of our other musical acts managed to snaffle an award or two as well.

R&B singer Aaradhna got close to Broods' tally, with her two wins for Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban/Hip Hop album for Brown Girl.

As did the crowd-pleasing Six60 whose song White Lies won Single of the Year and Radio Airplay Record of the Year.

It was absolutely no surprise to anyone that newcomer Kings would win Breakthrough Artist of the Year off the back of his massive success with smash ear worm hit Don't Worry 'Bout It.

However, Best Alternative Album was a true nail biter, with three top heavyweights duking it out for the glory. Ultimately it would be Lawrence Arabia's Absolute Truthtriumphing over strong challenges from The Phoenix Foundation and Kody Neisen's new project Silicon.

Best Electronic Album was also close with Pacific Heights album The Stillness just edging out the smoky grooves of Electric Wire Hustle's latest Aeons and the electro-funk of Opiuo's Omniversal.

As previously announced Bic Runga was the recipient of the Legacy Award while the lads of Fat Freddy's Drop won the International Achievement award.

Read more on the VNZMAs and see the full winners list on the NZ Herald.