Kicking off this year’s music awards season, last Friday Māori musicians celebrated the 2016 Waiata Māori Music Awards in Hastings.
For the second time in three years Rob Ruha ruled the awards, taking home three trophies for his latest EP ‘Pūmau’. His awards were for Best Album, Best Songwriter and Best Song (Paremata Mene).
Wellingtonian newcomer Rei‘s exceptional reverse-action video for The Chief’s Speech won him and director Alex Hoyles the award for Best Video.
While adored by fans, Six60 often get overlooked by critics and ignored at the mainstream music awards, so they would have enjoyed seeing their year of domination of the NZ singles charts acknowledged with the Radio Airplay Song Of The Year Award (for White Lines).
Last year’s big winner Ranea was this year back for more, winning Best Radio Airplay Song Of The Year By A Māori Artist In Te Reo for his song Tihei Mauri Ora.
Rob Ruha – ‘Pūmau’
Kirsten Te Rito – ‘Āiotanga’
Ranea – Tihei Mauri Ora
Six60 – White Lines
Rei – The Chiefs Speech
Israel Starr – ‘Through The Ages And Forever’
Rob Ruha – Paremata Mene