UP: Scribe was the big winner at the New Zealand
Music Awards, taking home best album, single of the
year (Stand Up), male solo artist, best urban/hip hop
album and the people's choice award.
DEAN KOZANIC/The Press
MIKE HOULAHAN in AUCKLAND
ruled the national music roost last night, with Scribe,
Hayley Westenra and Salmonella Dub cleaning
up at the New Zealand Music Awards.
was the big winner on the night, taking home best album,
single of the year (Stand Up), male solo artist, best urban/hip
hop album and the people's choice award.
Graham's video for Stand Up also won best video, while Scribe,
P-Money, Con Psy and Savage won songwriter of the year for
Not Many – The Remix.
evening-high seven awards recognized the former Aranui resident's
stellar achievements in the past 12 months, which included
having both the number one single and album in the country
simultaneously, and breaking into the Australian charts
– hard for any hip hop act, let alone a New Zealand hip
years ago, it was hard to get taken seriously as a rapper,
especially when you try to tell your Mum and Dad,"
Scribe said after winning best male solo artist.
just good to open up the door, because there are a lot of
young kids who really believe in this music. They really
hold on to it, so we need to make sure we keep it positive
and keep it from the heart."
thanked everyone who had contributed to his The Crusader
album, but admitted to news media later that he had forgotten
the most important people of all.
forgot to thank Mum and Dad, which I'm going to get a hiding
he then paid a rich tribute to his parents.
very proud, and I'm glad, because they weren't always proud."
popera starlet Hayley Westenra took home two awards: highest
selling New Zealand album and best international achievement.
album Pure has sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide,
and topped the British classical charts. In the past two
years she has gone from studying for exams to studying scores
for performances throughout Europe, Asia and the United
last week she performed in Christchurch alongside famed
Italian tenor Andrea Boccelli.
Christchurch band Salmonella Dub caused a minor upset in
winning best dance/ electronica album ahead of strong competition
from ex-pat Christchurch band Shapeshifter and Auckland
drum 'n' bass duo Concord Dawn.
other big winners of the night were former Wellington singer-songwriter
Brooke Fraser and Auckland group Dimmer.
won breakthrough artist of the year and best solo female
artist for her chart-topping debut album What To Do With
Daylight. Dimmer – fronted by former Straitjacket Fits lead
singer Shayne Carter – won two awards, best group and best
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