Independent Music New Zealand have announced the eight finalists who are in the running to win the Taite Prize this year.

In alphabetical order, they are:

Anthonie Tonnon

Anthonie Tonnon
Anthonie Tonnon
Marlon Williams
Marlon Williams
Marlon Williams
Nadia Reid
Nadia Reid
Nadia Reid
Princess Chelsea
Princess Chelsea
Princess Chelsea
Silicon
Kody Nielson aka Silicon
Kody Nielson aka Silicon
SJD
Sean James Donnelly aka SJD
Sean James Donnelly aka SJD
The Phoenix Foundation
The Phoenix Foundation
The Phoenix Foundation
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra are finalists for the Taite Prize.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra are finalists for the Taite Prize.

Voting for the finalists was particularly tight this year with over 50 high quality albums in the running.

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Both Unknown Mortal Orchestra and SJD have previously won the award, and other past winners include Lawrence Arabia, Ladi6, Jakob, and Lorde.

The winner gets to take away $10,000, along with the kudos of being recognised for creating the best New Zealand album of 2015, based entirely on artistic merits.

This year's winner will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland on Wednesday April 20.