Tauranga singer NZ Music Awards finalist

A singer from Tauranga is among the musicians named as finalists in this year's New Zealand Music Awards.

 The award finalists were announced at a ceremony in Auckland on Wednesday night.

Ria Hall is a finalists in the best Maori album category for her self-titled album.

Born in Tauranga, Ria spent time in Auckland and Australia, before settling in Wellington and really finding her musical feet.

Her profile was lifted significantly by her inspired performance at the opening ceremony of Rugby World Cup 2011 which was witnessed by a televised audience of millions.

 She is up against Whirimako Black from Whakatane with her album for her album with Richard Nunns called Te More and Upper Hutt Posse with their album Declaration of Resistance.

 The New Zealand Music Awards ceremony on November 1 at Vector Arena will be presented by comedian Ben Boyce and television host Shannon Ryan.

 As well as the winners of the various categories being announced, the awards for highest-selling single and album, radio airplay record of the year, and international achievement will be presented.

 Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Black Seeds, Annah Mac, Six60, and Home Brew will be playing live and there will be a special tribute to Legacy Award recipients Toy Love.

 The awards will be screened on Four at 8.30pm on November 1, preceded by a red-carpet special hosted by comedian and writer Guy Williams and Four's ``pop culture chick'' Sharyn Wakefield.

 Tickets cost $25 and can be bought from Ticketmaster.co.nz.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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