The finalists have been announced for this year's Vodafone New Zealand music awards at a function in Auckland this evening.
Gin Wigmore and Dane Rumble dominate with six nominations each. Although when the three technical awards are included the overall leader is The Phoenix Foundation with a total of eight - and they got off to a good start with a technical awards clean-sweep.
Anika Moa and J. Williams are finalists in three categories each.
Also announced tonight was the recipient of The New Zealand Herald Legacy Award - Shihad. The band will be officially honoured at the awards ceremony on October 7th and will be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.
For the first time, this year a critics' choice prize, decided by a panel of 13 music critics, will be awarded to an act deemed to be the best of the up-and-coming crop.
The three finalists are Street Chant, Home Brew and The Naked and Famous. To be eligible acts can't have released an album during or before the eligibility period. The award will be given at a showcase event at the King's Arms on September 15, after all three have performed in a final attempt to sway the judges.
No finalists are announced for Highest Selling NZ Single, Highest Selling NZ Album, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year and International Achievement awards, which will awarded the main awards ceremony, hosted by Shannon Ryan and comedian Ben Hurley.
The full list of finalists..
Vodafone Single of The Year
Dane Rumble - Cruel
Gin Wigmore - Oh My
J.Williams - You Got Me
Kids Of 88 - Just A Little Bit
The Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo
Best Urban / Hip Hop Album
David Dallas - Something Awesome
J.Williams - Young Love
Young Sid - What Doesn't Kill Me
Best Gospel / Christian Album
Edwin Derricutt - Three Hours South
John Michaelz - Walk on Water
Magnify - Wonderland
Best Classical Album
John Psathas - UKIYO
NZTrio - FLOURISHES
Simon O'Neill - Father & Son: Wagner Scenes & Arias
Strike Percussion - Sketches
Technical Awards - announced tonight
Best Album Cover
Paul Johnson for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation) - WINNER
Rebekah Atkins, Kieran Rynhart, Mikee Tucker and Anita Liu for A Story (Fly My Pretties)
Ryan Marx for Everything (P-Money)
MAINZ Best Engineer
Andre Upston for Magnetic (Miriam Clancy)
Lee Prebble for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation) - WINNER
Lee Prebble for A Story (Fly My Pretties)
MAINZ Best Producer
Jeremy Toy for Standing In The Rain (Opensouls)
Lee Prebble and Barnaby Weir for A Story (Fly My Pretties)
The Phoenix Foundation for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation) - WINNER
*For more information see tomorrow's TimeOut
*Tickets for the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards are $20 from Ticketmaster
*C4 will broadcast the awards live from 8.30pm on October 7th