Industry veterans Cydel lead the winners list at the 11th annual Vodafone Pacific Music Awards taking home three awards.
The KUWNZ crew went down to the Vodafone Events Centre with Daniel Weetman [The Black Seeds] to have a chat with the nominees. Check out our video from the night below.
Cydel – aka Pele Nili and Dee Letoa – have won the Nui FM Best Pacific Artist, Radio 531pi Best Pacific Group and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album. The awards are in recognition of their second album Memoirs of a Midnight Cowboy. The Auckland duo took home its first Pacific Music Award in 2008.
Smashproof’s socially poignant song Survivors (featuring Pieter T) sees the trio take out the coveted APRA Best Pacific Song award, along with NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video, which was directed by Chris Graham. Tyree, Deach and Sid first enjoyed success when their debut single Brother topped the NZ Official Top 40 Charts in 2009.
The Vodafone People’s Choice Award goes to Three Houses Down which was determined solely by public vote.
Operatic trio Sol3 Mio also received a special recognition award for their incredible domestic and international success. Samoan brothers Pene Pati, Amitai Pati and their cousin Moses Mackay’s self-titled album has gone platinum seven times, and they continue to tour locally and internationally.
2015 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards winners by category:
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA BEST PACIFIC FEMALE ARTIST – Erakah ‘Organised Chaos’
NZ MUSIC COMMISSION BEST PACIFIC MALE ARTIST – TJ Taotua ‘Magnified’
NIU FM BEST PACIFIC URBAN ARTIST -Cydel ‘Memoirs of a Midnight Cowboy’
RADIO 531PI BEST PACIFIC GROUP – Cydel ‘Memoirs of a Midnight Cowboy’
NZ ON AIR BEST PACIFIC MUSIC VIDEO – Smashproof “Survivors (featuring Pieter T)”
APRA BEST PACIFIC SONG – Smashproof “Survivors (featuring Pieter T)”
TAGATA PASIFIKA BEST PACIFIC LANGUAGE – Word of Life South Auckland Choir ‘Toele I La’u Auaunaga’
BEST PACIFIC GOSPEL ARTIST – TJ Taotua ‘Magnified’
FLAVA BEST INTERNATIONAL PACIFIC ARTIST – Maryanne Ito ‘Waking Up’
NZ ON AIR RADIO AIRPLAY AWARD – Brooke Fraser “Kings & Queens”
VODAFONE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – BEST PACIFIC ARTIST
- Three Houses Down
PHILLIP FUEMANA AWARD –MOST PROMISING PACIFIC ARTIST – Donell Lewis
MANUKAU INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Herbs
RECORDED MUSIC NZ BEST PACIFIC MUSIC ALBUM – Cydel ‘Memoirs of a Midnight Cowboy’
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD – Sol3 Mio