Last night's winners

Well, that joke about being New Zealand's "fourth best folk comedy duo" no longer holds.

The Flight of the Conchords suffered multiple birdstrike at last night's Tuis - otherwise known as the 2008 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards - winning four awards for their debut album, a number matched only by local crowd-pleasers OpShop's equal haul, mostly for sales and radioplay. The Conchords weren't there last night to pick up the prizes - but their manager Murray sent us his acceptance speech (see page 9).

Here's how the Class of 2008's prizegiving went ...

Nokia Album of the Year
Flight Of The Conchords for Flight Of The Conchords

FINALISTS

Anika Moa - In Swings the Tide
Liam Finn - I'll Be Lightning
Scribe - Rhymebook
Tiki Taane - Past, Present, Future

Vodafone Single of the Year
Opshop - One Day

FINALISTS

Liam Finn - Gather To The Chapel
Shihad - One Will Hear The Other
The Phoenix Foundation - Bright Grey
Tiki Taane - Always On My Mind

Steinlager Pure Best Group
Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords

FINALISTS

Shihad - Beautiful Machine
The Phoenix Foundation - Happy Ending

Vodafone People's Choice Award
Parachute Band

FINALISTS

Antiform
Horsemen Family
Nesian Mystik
The DFenders

Best Male Solo Artist
Liam Finn - I'll be Lightning

FINALISTS

SJD - Songs From A Dictaphone
Tiki Taane - Past, Present, Future

Mazda Best Female Solo Artist
Anika Moa - In Swings The Tide

FINALISTS

Aaradhna - Sweet Soul Music
Annabel Fay - Annabel Fay

Kiwi FM Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords

FINALISTS

Cut Off Your Hands - Blue On Blue
Tiki Taane - Past, Present, Future

C4 Best Music Video
Ian Hart - Her Hairagami Set (The Brunettes)

FINALISTS

Carey Carter - Tangaroa (Tiki Taane)
Joe Lonie - Gather To The Chapel (Liam Finn)

PPNZ Best Rock Album
Shihad - Beautiful Machine

FINALISTS

Liam Finn - I'll Be Lightning
The Phoenix Foundation - Happy Ending

Best Urban/Hip Hop Album
Scribe - Rhymebook

FINALISTS

Mareko - White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark
Young Sid - The Truth

Best Aotearoa Roots Album
Tiki Taane - Past, Present, Future

FINALISTS

Katchafire - Say What You're Thinking
Kora - Kora

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Recloose - Perfect Timing

FINALISTS

Magik Johnson - You Are Sound
Shapeshifter - Live

Best Maori Album
Ruia - 12:24 Tekau Ma Rua, Rua Tekau Ma Wha

FINALISTS

Moana & the Tribe - Wha
Tiki Taane - Past, Present, Future

Best Gospel/Christian Album
All Left Out - The Conquest

FINALISTS

Parachute Band - Roadmaps and Revelations
The Ember Days - Your Eyes Light Up

Best Classical Album
Michael Houstoun - Inland

FINALISTS

Gillian Whitehead - Puhake ki te rangi
NZ Trio - Bright Tide Moving Between

The New Zealand Herald Legacy Award
Straitjacket Fits

International Achievement Award
Flight of the Conchords and Savage

Highest Selling Single
Opshop - One Day

Highest Selling Album
Opshop - Second Hand Planet

NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year
Opshop - Maybe

THE NUMBERS

Flight of the Conchords: three awards out of four nominations (no finalists announced for international achievement)
Opshop: One win out of four nominations (no finalists for sales and radioplay awards)
Tiki Taane: One out of eight nominations.
Liam Finn: One out of five nominations.
Shihad: One out of three.
Anika Moa & Scribe: One out of two.

- NZ Herald

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