Brothers clean up at Pacific awards

Nainz and Viiz Tupa'i, the Adeaze duo, won three Tui awards at the Pacific Music Awards. Photo / APN
Nainz and Viiz Tupa'i, the Adeaze duo, won three Tui awards at the Pacific Music Awards. Photo / APN

Samoan brothers Nainz and Viiz Tupa'i, the Adeaze duo, won three Tui awards at the Pacific Music Awards in Manukau last night.

Their second album, Rise & Shine, earned them the Best Urban Artist, Best Group and Best Song awards for Paradise.

Hip-hop star David Dallas won Best Male Artist for his album The Rose Tint, while Wellingtonian soul singers Bella Kalolo won Best Female Artist for her debut album Without The Paper.

Tha Feelstyle aka Kas Futialo took the Best Pacific Language award, and also Best Pacific Album for his album Good Morning Samoa, and the Mutalau Ululauta Matahefonua Trust Choir won Best Gospel Album for Lologo Tapu Tokiofa Mutalau Niue - Taofi Lologo 5.

Upcoming hip-hop artist Giant Killa won the Most Promising Artist award, and young pop/R&B artist Ria won the People's Choice Award, with her single Over You.

And to top off the evening, 1960s Samoan rock'n'rollers The Keil Isles were honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile, at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore last night, Tami Neilson claimed her third Tui in four years, winning Best Country Music Album for her The Kitchen Table Sessions Vol II. Christchurch singer-songwriter Delaney Davidson won the award for the APRA Best Country Song with his ballad You're A Loser.

- NZ Herald

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