Karl Puschmann is an entertainment writer for the New Zealand Herald.

Broods dominate at the 2016 New Zealand Music Awards

For the second year in a row Broods have dominated at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

It was a clean sweep for the brother and sister duo of Caleb and Georgia Nott as they took out five of the night's biggest prizes, including the coveted and hotly contested People's Choice Award.

The pair also won Best Album of the Year and Best Pop Album of the Year for their latest record Conscious, Single of the Year for their song Free and the Tui for Best Group.

These wins see them beating last year's haul of four awards and pretty much confirms that yes, Broods are the All Blacks of New Zealand music.

There was only one real disappointment for the group, the fact that they couldn't accept any of their awards in person.

"It feels really surreal," vocalist Georgia tells the Herald from Washington, where Broods are touring right now.

"Especially being on the other side of the world while it's all going on. It feels so strange. It almost hasn't sunk in yet. I still can't believe it."

Winning anything is a huge honour but Nott says that it's the People's Choice, which is the only prize decided by popular vote, that she personally holds dearest.

"Getting People's Choice award is such a big deal to us. When we were writing this album we weren't writing it for critics, we were writing it for our fans so we could connect with them and have awesome songs to play live in front of them," she says.

"You don't write songs to be number one, you write it to connect with people."

The group's many fans will get a chance to make that connection when Broods headline the Electric Coastline tour this summer.

It was an undoubtedly impressive performance but Broods weren't the only winners on the night. Some of our other musical acts managed to snaffle an award or two as well.

R&B singer Aaradhna got close to Broods' tally, with her two wins for Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban/Hip Hop album for Brown Girl.

As did the crowd pleasing Six60 whose song White Lies won Single of the Year and Radio Airplay Record of the Year.

It was absolutely no surprise to anyone that newcomer Kings would win Breakthrough Artist of the Year off the back of his massive success with smash ear worm hit Don't Worry 'Bout It.

However, Best Alternative Album was a true nail biter, with three top heavyweights duking it out for the glory. Ultimately it would be Lawrence Arabia's Absolute Truth triumphing over strong challenges from The Phoenix Foundation and Kody Neisen's new project Silicon.

Best Electronic Album was also close with Pacific Heights album The Stillness just edging out the smoky grooves of Electric Wire Hustle's latest Aeons and the electro-funk of Opiuo's Omniversal.

As previously announced Bic Runga was the recipient of the Legacy Award while the lads of Fat Freddy's Drop won the International Achievement award.

Bic Runga with her Legacy Award. Photo / Doug Sherring
Bic Runga with her Legacy Award. Photo / Doug Sherring

The full list of winners:

VNZMA 2016 Winners (by category)

1. Godfrey Hirst Album of the Year
Winner: Broods - 'Conscious'
Aaradhna - 'Brown Girl'
Fat Freddy's Drop - 'BAYS'
Hollie Smith - 'Water Or Gold'
Tami Neilson - 'Don't Be Afraid'
The Phoenix Foundation - 'Give Up Your Dreams'

2. Vodafone Single of the Year
Winner: Broods - 'Free'
Aaradhna - 'Brown Girl'
KINGS - 'Don't Worry Bout' It'
MAALA - 'Kind of Love'
The Naked And Famous - 'Higher'
Shapeshifter - 'Stars'

3. Best Group
Winner: Broods - 'Conscious'
Fat Freddy's Drop - 'BAYS'
The Phoenix Foundation - 'Give Up Your Dreams'
Sol3 Mio - 'On Another Note'

4. Best Male Solo Artist
Winner: MAALA - 'Composure'
Avalanche City - 'We Are For The Wild Places'
Dave Dobbyn - 'Harmony House'
Lawrence Arabia - 'Absolute Truth'

5. Fiji Airways Best Female Solo Artist
Winner: Aaradhna - 'Brown Girl'
Hollie Smith - 'Water Or Gold'
Ladyhawke - 'Wild Things'
Tami Neilson - 'Don't Be Afraid'

6. Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Winner: KINGS - 'Don't Worry Bout' It'
LEISURE - All Over You'
nomad - 'Oh My My'
SACHI - 'Lunch with Bianca'

7. Best Rock Album
Winner: Villainy - 'Dead Sight'
Beastwars - 'The Death Of All Things'
Jordan Luck Band - 'Not Only... But Also'

8. The Edge Best Pop Album
Winner: Broods - 'Conscious'
Avalanche City - 'We Are For The Wild Places'
MAALA - 'Composure'

9. Best Alternative Album
Winner: Lawrence Arabia - 'Absolute Truth'
The Phoenix Foundation - 'Give Up Your Dreams'
Silicon - 'Personal Computer'

10. Best Urban/Hip Hop Album
Winner: Aaradhna - 'Brown Girl'
PNC - 'The Luke Vailima EP'
SWIDT - 'SmokeyGotBeatz Presents SWIDT vs EVERYBODY'

11. Best Roots Album
Winner: Unity Pacific - 'Blackbirder Dread'
Fat Freddy's Drop - 'BAYS'
Rob Ruha - 'Pūmau'

12. Best Electronic Album
Winner: Pacific Heights - 'The Stillness
Electric Wire Hustle - 'Aeons'
Opiuo - 'Omniversal'

13. Te Mangai Paho Best Maori Album
Winner: Rob Ruha - 'Pūmau'
Dennis Marsh - 'Maori Songbook 2'
Kirsten Te Rito - 'Āiotanga'

14. Best Worship Album
Winner:Edge Kingsland - 'Edge Vol. 3: The Common Good'
Grace Vineyard Music - 'Seek You'
LIFE Worship - 'By My Spirit'

15. Best Classical Album
Winner: Anthony Ritchie and Ross Harris - 'Fjarran'
Kenneth Young - 'Shadows and Light'
Zephyr - 'Zephyr'

16. Vodafone People's Choice Award
Winner: Broods
Fat Freddy's Drop
KINGS
MAALA
Sol3Mio

17. NZ Herald Legacy Award
Bic Runga

18. Vodafone Highest Selling Single
Six60 - 'White Lines'

19. Three Highest Selling Album
Sol3Mio - 'On Another Note'

20. NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year
Six60 - 'White Lines'

21. International Achievement
Fat Freddy's Drop

- NZ Herald

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