It’s been a big music year for New Zealand, and not only because of Lorde’s sudden ubiquity. Thursday in Auckland the 48th annual NZMusic Awards took stock of the year that’s been and while Lorde did win Best Single (among a few others) for her inescapable “Royals,” two of the night’s biggest winners were artists who graced our studios for sessions earlier this year.
The 2013 NZMusic Awards belonged to Aaradhna, the rather unassuming soul singer who joined us back in July for a session. Her Treble & Reverb was named Album of the Year, while also garnering honors for Best Urban/Hip Hop Album and Best Pacific Album. Aaradhna herself was named Best Female Solo Artist. Not a bad haul. Treble & Reverb was just given a U.S. release in October.
Playlist: Aaradhna at OPB
Unknown Mortal Orchestra may be an act born and based in Portland, but frontman Ruban Neilson’s kiwi roots are apparently enough to keep him in the mix. Nominated for a total of four awards, including Album of the Year and Single of the Year (for “So Good at Being in Trouble”), UMO took home honors for Best Alternative Album for this year’s II. A European tour found the band in Sweden Thursday, but Neilson expressed excitement and gratitude on Twitter.
We’re unabashed fans ourselves and would be so even if the band didn’t have Stumptown cred. Neilson joined us for a stripped down set back in January.
Playlist: Unknown Mortal Orchestra at OPB
Congrats to both artists!
Watch the entire NZMusic Awards broadcast here.