Nominations for the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards open today

It’s almost time for the biggest night in New Zealand music with the nominations for the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards officially opening today.

In November the music industry will descend on Spark Arena to celebrate the achievements of Aotearoa’s musical talent over the last year.

Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan said celebrating the wide range of extraordinary Kiwi musicians is an annual highlight.

“The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards are about acknowledging the vibrant artists creating music today, honouring those who paved the way in the past, and inspiring a future generation of creativity.

“It’s been a brilliant year for Kiwi releases and I can’t wait to see the well deserving finalists of 2018 receive the recognition they deserve.”

Nomination details can be found at https://www.nzmusicawards.co.nz/. Unless otherwise specified, awards are open to New Zealand artists who have had recordings commercially released between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 (12 months). Nominations stay open until 5pm on Friday 3 August 2018.

The Tui awards presented at the 2018 ceremony will be Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Best Group, Best Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Maori Artist, Best Rock Artist, Best Hip-Hop Artist, Best Soul/RnB Artist, Best Electronic Artist, Best Roots Artist, Best Pop Artist, Best Alternative Artist, Best Worship Artist and Best Classical Artist.

Finalists will be announced in October with the 2018 Legacy Award recipient.

No finalists are announced for the Highest Selling NZ Single, Highest Selling NZ Album, International Achievement, Radio Airplay Record of the Year or International Achievement Awards.

Additionally, the annual Artisan Awards in November will commemorate the unsung heroes of the New Zealand music scene – the producers and engineers who craft the artists’ work, as well as the talented visual artists translating the musicians’ visions into album artwork and music videos.

This year Recorded Music NZ introduced the inaugural Music Teacher of the Year Tui, which will also be presented in November.

Other ngā Tui presented during the year include those for best artists in Country, Folk, Jazz, Pacific and Children’s music. These winners will also be acknowledged at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards ceremony.

NOTES:

  • For details and instructions on entry, as well as the terms and conditions, please go here.
  • For any questions regarding the nominations process please contact Sarah Owen at sarah@recordedmusic.co.nz.
  • To be eligible for judging, all nominations including any accompanying material must be with Recorded Music by 5pm on Friday 3 August 2018.