10.00pm - By RUSSELL BAILLIE



Scribe carved his name with pride into Kiwi pop history tonight with a near clean sweep of the 2004 New Zealand Music Awards.



At Auckland's Aotea Centre, the hip-hop star - who last year became the first New Zealand artist to have an album and single at number one in the local charts - won seven of the nine categories in which he was nominated in the wake of his 2003 debut album The Crusader and the hit Stand Up.



His wins included best album, single of the year, best male solo artist, best urban/hip-hop album, best songwriter (shared with P-Money, Con Psy and Savage for Not Many, the Remix), and the publicly-voted People's Choice Award.

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The only categories where Scribe was a non-winning finalist were International Achievement and Highest Selling Album (predictably won by classical-pop teen star Hayley Westenra) and highest selling single (won by NZ Idol Ben Lummis).



The two Tuis won by Westenra, who has sold more than 1.5 million copies of her second album Pure worldwide, equalled those of the night's other major winners - Brooke Fraser and Dimmer.



Singer-songwriter Fraser won best female solo artist and breakthrough artist from her six nominations.



While Dimmer, the solo project by alternative rock veteran Shayne Carter, cleaned up both rock categories of best album and best group.



In the other contemporary music category, Salmonella Dub again won the best electronic/dance music prize for their 2003 album One Drop East.



It was one the night's few surprises considering the showing of fellow finalist Concord Dawn's Uprising at the b.Net awards earlier - and the fact the Concord Dawn album had as its guests vocalists Scribe and Salmonella Dub's Tiki Taane.



Salmonella Dub won the same award last year for Outside the Dub Plates.



The Chris Graham-directed live-action clip for Scribe's Stand Up won the best video award ahead of it computer animated competition, Dimmer's Getting What You Give and Misfits of Science's Fools Love.



In other categories John Psathas, the Wellington composer behind the opening music for the Athens Olympics won the best classical album for his Psathas: Fragments ahead of works by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Quartet.



Judges voted the The Rodger Fox Big Band's A Rare Connection as jazz album of the year, a 30th anniversary present for the group led by the trombonist-arranger.



Previous winner and nominee Ruia Aperahama won the Best Maori Album award for his fourth set Hawaiki, his earlier album releases Waiata of Bob Marley Volume 1 and 2 having both received nominations for Tuis with Volume 1 winning Best Mana Reo Album in 2002.



Globe-trotting group Te Vaka won the Best Pacific Music Album category for its fourth album Tutuki.



The 39th New Zealand Music Awards 2004 screens on C4 tomorrow night, presented by Jackie Brown and Mikey Havoc.



NZ Music Award winners:


Album Of The Year



Scribe - The Crusader





Single Of The Year



Scribe - Stand Up





Best Group



Dimmer - You've Got To Hear The Music





Breakthrough Artist Of The Year



Brooke Fraser - What To Do With Daylight





Best Male Solo Artist



Scribe - The Crusader





Best Female Solo Artist



Brooke Fraser - What To Do With Daylight





Songwriter Of The Year



Scribe, P-Money, Con Psy & Savage - Not Many The Remix!





Highest Selling New Zealand Album



Hayley Westenra - Pure





Highest Selling New Zealand Single



Ben Lummis - They Cant Take That Away





Best Rock Album



Dimmer - You've Got To Hear The Music





Best Urban/Hip-Hop Album



Scribe - The Crusader





Best Dance / Electronica Album



Salmonella Dub - One Drop East





Best Music Video



Chris Graham - Stand Up (Scribe)





People's Choice Award



Scribe





Best Jazz Album



The Rodger Fox Big Band - A Rare Connection





Best Maori Album



Ruia - Hawaiki





Best Pacific Music Album



Te Vaka - Tutuki





Best Classical Album



John Psathas - Psathas: Fragments





Best Gospel/Christian Album



Magnify - In Wonder





International Achievement Award



Hayley Westenra





Airplay Record Of The Year



Goldenhorse - Maybe Tomorrow





Lifetime Achievement Award



Shaun Joyce





Awards presented earlier:





Best Country Music Album



Donna Dean - Money





Best Country Music Song



Donna Dean - Work It Out





Best Folk Album



Brendyn Montgomery & Mike Considine - Mountain Air





Best Album Cover



Ben Sciascia - Postage (Supergroove)





Best Engineer



Chris van de Geer - Passenger (Carly Binding)





Best Producer



P-Money - The Crusader (Scribe)