Yet more honours for Ladyhawke

By Julian Lee

Masterton musician Ladyhawke has done it again - named a double finalist at the 2012 New Zealand Music Awards and proving she still has what it takes to be an international pop star.

She is nominated for Best Solo Female Artist and Best Alternative Album.

The finalists and winners are picked by the Awards Voting Academy, made up of more than 150 music industry representatives.

Music Awards spokesman Chris Caddick said this year was particularly special for the awards because there are a lot of new artists up for nomination.

"I think it is an incredibly exciting year because we are seeing the emergence of a whole new wave of musicians."

For Best Solo Female Artist Ladyhawke is up against Gin Wigmore and Kimbra.

In the Best Alternative Album category she faces Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Opossum.

Ladyhawke, originally Philippa Brown, was born in Masterton in 1979 into a family of musicians and attended Chanel College before moving to Wellington.

She won six New Zealand Music Awards in 2009: Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Best Female Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album and International Achievement. She has also made it on to the charts in Australia and the UK with her fresh electro-pop style.

The 2012 Awards will be held on November 1 in Auckland.

- Wairarapa Times-Age

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