The 48th Annual RIANZ Vodafone NZMUSIC AWARDS
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Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards nominations open

Preparations for the biggest night in New Zealand music are gathering pace with nominations for the 47th annual RIANZ Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards opening today (May 21).

In 2011 the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards shifted from its usual early October to the beginning of November to side-step the Rugby World Cup.

Following the success of last year’s awards the industry has unanimously voted to keep the November date going forward. As a result, this year’s Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards ceremony will take place on 1 November at Auckland’s Vector Arena.

Organiser the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand says it is looking forward to seeing who will be throwing their hats into the ring considering the big 12 months it has been for New Zealand music.

“It’s shaping up to be an amazing year for New Zealand music, both here in New Zealand and for our artists who are overseas, and we’re very excited to showcase it at the Awards,” says Chris Caddick, managing director at RIANZ.

Details on how to submit a nomination can be found at Unless otherwise specified, awards are open to New Zealand artists who have had recordings commercially released between 1 June 2011 and 30 June 2012. Nominations stay open until 5pm on Monday 2 July.

Nominations are being accepted for Album and Single of the year, Best Group, Best Male and Female Solo Artists, Breakthrough Artist, Best Music Video, Best Maori, Rock, Urban / Hip Hop, Electronica, Roots, Pop, Alternative, Gospel / Christian and Classical albums. There are also technical award categories of Best Producer, Best Engineer & Best Album Cover.

The Finalists Announcement and Technical Awards presentation is in Auckland on Wednesday 3 October. The announcement of the 2012 Legacy Award recipient and New Zealand Music Hall of Fame inductee – presented last year to iconic Kiwi band Dragon – and the Critics’ Choice Prize showcase line-up is also made at that time.


  • Information on nomination and conditions of entry are available at

  • To be eligible for judging, all nominations including any accompanying material such as CDs and DVDs must be signed and with RIANZ by 5pm on 2 July 2012.

The Tuis presented at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2012 ceremony are for:

Album of the Year; Single of the Year; Best Group; Best Male Solo Artist; Best Female Solo Artist; Breakthrough Artist of the Year; , Highest Selling NZ Album; Highest Selling NZ Single; Radio Airplay Record of the Year; Best Music Video; Best Rock Album; Best Pop Album, Best Alternative Album, Best Urban/Hip Hop Album; Best Electronica Album; Best Roots Album; Best Maori Album; Best Gospel/Christian Album; Best Classical Album; People’s Choice Award, International Achievement Award, The Legacy Award.

The finalists will be selected by a panel of more than 150 judges consisting of music and entertainment media, music industry representatives and commentators, and past finalists.

No finalists are announced for the Highest Selling NZ Single, Highest Selling NZ Album or Radio Airplay Record of the Year Awards.
The International Achievement and the Legacy Awards are judged by the RIANZ Board and awarded at the Board’s discretion.  No finalists are announced for these categories.

Technical Award Categories (to be presented at the Finalists Announcement on 3 October) are for:

  • Best Producer

  • Best Engineer

  • Best Album Cover


Your Comments

  1. Neil Pharazyn (about 1 year ago)

    I'd like to know how to enter a nomination for future RIANZ Vodafone Music Awards, and learn more about the categories and entry requirements. I can't find this information. I looked at but it seems to be closed down. Can you tell me wheer I can read the info. Thanks.

  2. VNZMA (about 1 year ago)

    Hi there, All of this info is available in the 'Industry' section of this website. The nominations site is separate and closes once nominations end.