Scribe writes music history Christchurch acts top Kiwi awards ceremony

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23rd September 2004 (NZ Time)_

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  SEVEN 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.
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By MIKE HOULAHAN in AUCKLAND

Christchurch ruled the national music roost last night, with Scribe, Hayley Westenra and Salmonella Dub cleaning up at the New Zealand Music Awards.

Scribe 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.

Chris 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.

Scribe's 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 hop act.

"Five 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.

"It's 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."

Scribe 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.

"I forgot to thank Mum and Dad, which I'm going to get a hiding for."

However, he then paid a rich tribute to his parents.

"They're very proud, and I'm glad, because they weren't always proud."

Teenage popera starlet Hayley Westenra took home two awards: highest selling New Zealand album and best international achievement.

Westentra's 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 States.

Just last week she performed in Christchurch alongside famed Italian tenor Andrea Boccelli.

Meanwhile, 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.

The other big winners of the night were former Wellington singer-songwriter Brooke Fraser and Auckland group Dimmer.

Fraser 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 rock album.

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