Hip-hop artist King Kapisi was the big winner at the annual b-net New Zealand Music Awards at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna tonight.

The Wellington-raised Samoan, whose real name is Bill Urale, took home six awards, with his gold-selling album 'Savage Thoughts' voted Best Album, Best Hip Hop Release and Best Cover Art.

The single from the album, 'Screems From Da Old Plantation', won awards for Best Song and Best Music Video. The award for Best Live Act completed the rapper's haul.

Other winners at the publicly-decided awards included Kapisi's friend Che Fu , who won Best Vocalist and Dimmer's Shayne Carter who won Most Outstanding Musician.


Carter's band won Best Rock Release for the album 'I Believe You Are A Star'.

Drum'n'bass duo Concord Dawn also picked up two awards, their 'Disturbance' album was voted Best Independent Album and Best Electronic Release, while Auckland band Good Shirt won the award for Best New Act.

Full list of b-net New Zealand Music Awards winners:

Best Cover Art:

King Kapisi ­ SavageThoughts

Best Music Video:

King Kapisi ­ Screams From Da Old Plantation

Best Music Website:



Best DJ:

Greg Churchill

Best Turntablist:


Best Live Act:

King Kapisi

Best Event:

Big Day Out 2001

Most Outstanding Musician:

Shayne Carter (Dimmer)

Best Vocalist:

Che Fu

Best Downbeat Release:

Pitch Black ­ Electronomicon

Best Hip Hop Release:

King Kapisi ­ Savage Thoughts

Best Electronic Release:

Concord Dawn ­ Disturbance

Best Rock Release:

Dimmer ­ I believe You Are A Star

Best Compilation:

The Gathering compilation 3

Best Unreleased Song:

P-Money (featuring Scribe) - Sunshine

Best New Act:

Good Shirt

Best Song:

King Kapisi ­ Screems From Da Old Plantation

Best Independent Album:

Concord Dawn ­ Disturbance

Best Album:

King Kapisi ­ Savage Thoughts