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What has happened to music when the guy who wins the "male fox" award also gets a lifetime achievement award?

Shayne Carter - the former Straitjacket Fits, now Dimmer, frontman - did just that at last night's 2005 bNet New Zealand Music Awards.

All we can say is what about those young chaps from the Checks and the Mint Chicks? Or that Dallas Tamaira from Fat Freddy's Drop? But hey, these awards are voted by you, so the people have spoken.

And it has to be said the lifetime achievement award is well deserved for 40-year-old Carter who reformed Straitjacket Fits for a nationwide tour in April.

The other big winners last night were TrinityRoots, who broke up earlier this year, taking out best live act plus best album and best downbeat release for Home, Land and Sea. Also winning three awards were young Auckland band the Mint Chicks for best cover art and best rock release for the Anti Tiger EP and best video for Opium of the People.

Fat Freddy's Drop - whose album Based On a True Story stayed at number one for two weeks recently - also had a good night with main man Mu picking up the best producer and most outstanding musician awards and singer Dallas Tamaira winning best vocalist.

Other highlights included Kirsten Morelle from Goldenhorse winning the female fox category, Pluto's Dance Stamina winning best song and P Money's Magic City taking the top hip-hop honours.

For all the best photos from the awards see Nightlife in TimeOut next week. Believe us, with some of the shenanigans that go on at the bNets, it'll be worth it.


Best Video
The Mint Chicks - Opium of the People

Best Live Act

Most Promising New Act
The Sneaks

Best Downbeat Release
Trinity Roots - Home, Land and Sea

Best Hip-hop Release
P-Money - Magic City

Best Electronic Release
Minuit - Guns EP

Best Pop Release
Fly My Pretties - Live at Bats

Best Rock Release
The Mint Chicks - Anti Tiger EP

Best Compilation
Loop Select 006: Kono CD

Best DVD
Flying Nun: Second Season

Best Unreleased Song
The Phoenix Foundation - Hitchcock

Best Song
Pluto - Dance Stamina

Best Album
Trinity Roots - Home, Land and Sea

Most Outstanding Musician
Mu (Fat Freddy's Drop)

Best Producer
Mu (Fat Freddy's Drop)

Best Cover Art
he Mint Chicks - Anti Tiger EP

Best Male Vocalist
Dallas Tamaira (Fat Freddy's Drop)

Best Female Vocalist
Heather Mansfield (The Brunettes)

Male Fox
Shayne Carter

Female Fox
Kirsten Morelle

Most b.Net Radio Play
The Checks - Mercedes Children

Biggest Cock Up
Shihad naming themselves Pacifier

Most Memorable Moment
Pacifier naming themselves Shihad

International Achievement
The Brunettes

Lifetime Achievement
Shayne Carter