A host of Kiwi musicians are speaking out in support of Aaradhna, who made headlines on Thursday night when she accused the New Zealand Music Awards of placing her in a "category for brown people".

The soul/R&B artist was nominated for best urban/hip hop album but was the only nominee who wasn't a hip hop/rap act.

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She said she felt like she'd been lumped into the category because she was brown, and gave her prize to SWIDT, who she said was "the future of hip hop" and were more deserving.

Source: TV3 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards

A Music Awards official has rejected the notion of racism, but many Kiwi musicians are commending Aaradhna for speaking out.

SWIDT, who thanked their "sis" on stage after picking up the second-hand award, tweeted their gratitude to Aaradhna:

Rapper K One tweeted: "[It's about] time someone stood up and said it. F*** 'urban' - mad respect @AaradhnaPatel."

And NZ hip hop legend Savage added: "If you can't tell the difference between hip hop and R&B 'Urban' to soul then you're one dumb [son of a b****]. Go slap yourself!"

And many others joined in on Twitter, including the recipient of the NZ Herald Legacy Award, Bic Runga.

Source: TV3 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards