For the second year in a row Broods have dominated at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
It was a clean sweep for the brother and sister duo of Caleb and Georgia Nott as they took out five of the night’s biggest prizes, including the coveted and hotly contested People’s Choice Award.
The pair also won Best Album of the Year and Best Pop Album of the Year for their latest record Conscious, Single of the Year for their song Free and the Tui for Best Group.
These wins see them beating last year’s haul of four awards and pretty much confirms that yes, Broods are the All Blacks of New Zealand music.
There was only one real disappointment for the group, the fact that they couldn’t accept any of their awards in person.
“It feels really surreal,” vocalist Georgia tells the Herald from Washington, where Broods are touring right now.
“Especially being on the other side of the world while it’s all going on. It feels so strange. It almost hasn’t sunk in yet. I still can’t believe it.”
Winning anything is a huge honour but Georgia says that it’s the People’s Choice, which is the only prize decided by popular vote, that she personally holds dearest.
“Getting People’s Choice award is such a big deal to us. When we were writing this album we weren’t writing it for critics, we were writing it for our fans so we could connect with them and have awesome songs to play live in front of them,” she says.
“You don’t write songs to be number one, you write it to connect with people.”
The group’s many fans will get a chance to make that connection when Broods headline the Electric Coastline tour this summer.
The full list of VNZMA 2016 Winners:
Godfrey Hirst Album of the Year: Broods – ‘Conscious’
Vodafone Single of the Year: Broods – ‘Free’
Best Group: Broods – ‘Conscious’
Best Male Solo Artist: MAALA – ‘Composure’
Fiji Airways Best Female Solo Artist: Aaradhna – ‘Brown Girl’
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: KINGS – ‘Don’t Worry Bout’ It’
Best Rock Album: Villainy – ‘Dead Sight’
The Edge Best Pop Album: Broods – ‘Conscious’
Best Alternative Album: Lawrence Arabia – ‘Absolute Truth’
Best Urban/Hip Hop Album: Aaradhna – ‘Brown Girl’
Best Roots Album: Unity Pacific – ‘Blackbirder Dread’
Best Electronic Album: Pacific Heights – ‘The Stillness
Te Mangai Paho Best Maori Album: Rob Ruha – ‘Pūmau’
Best Worship Album: Edge Kingsland – ‘Edge Vol. 3: The Common Good’
Best Classical Album: Anthony Ritchie and Ross Harris – ‘Fjarran’
Vodafone People’s Choice Award: Broods
NZ Herald Legacy Award: Bic Runga
Vodafone Highest Selling Single: Six60 – ‘White Lines’
Three Highest Selling Album: Sol3Mio – ‘On Another Note’
NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year: Six60 – ‘White Lines’
International Achievement: Fat Freddy’s Drop
– Story by Karl Puschmann/NZ Herald