This might be of interest for our Kiwi members, especially for Dori who is based in Auckland. Tickets for the New Zealand Music Awards 2007 are available on Ticketek[/b]. The ceremony is on October 18th in Auckland at the Edge.
The 2007 NZ Music Awards are being held in Auckland tomorrow at 8:30pm (local time) and C4TV will be broadcasting the awards live! The streaming link is currently turned off, but will become active when the ceremony starts.
The streaming video is working! You can watch the awards ceremony online NOW clicking on the link above.
- Hayley wasn't on the red carpet - Hollie Smith won the 'Kiwi FM Breakthrough Artist of the Year' award - The Mint Chicks won the 'PPNZ Best rock album' award - Kiwi band Evermore won 'Best international achievement' award and 'Single of the year award'
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Hayley lost the award to Hollie Smith. Hollie said in her acceptance speech that she didn't understand why the award didn't go to Hayley. She also thanked the All Blacks. I made a little capture of the clip they showed when they announced the finalists.
Oh well, never mind. When I saw Hollie Smith perform just before the award was announced I felt certain she would win it, the music industry judges who decide these things do tend to go for pop/rock/soul singers and lets face it, Hollie IS good (in her genre, soul I'd say) and new too - her debut album was no. 1 in the summer. I did like her performance, she is very good.
Hayley had the second highest selling Album of the Year in that category, with Treasure! Brooke Fraser had the highest selling album with Albertine and she also performed earlier in the show. I wonder if they only ask award winners - or performers not nominated at all - to perform (presuming that they know in advance who will win).
We'll just have to work hard to get Hayley a win at next year's Classical Brits instead. Oh yes!
Do you know who's voting for the awards? People from the music industry, journalists, the audience...? (thanks Dave, I just saw your edited post above). In any case I suppose it's not very surprising that Hayley's classical/folk album didn't win especially considering that New Zealand's 'Treasure' doesn't feature beautiful songs like 'E Pari Ra' or 'Le Notte del Silenzio'.
Our NZ members will know if any public voting is involved but I don't think so, I think it's a music industry thing.
I strongly suspect that Hayley being based in London is a handicap for her, I don't think her albums are even eligible to enter for Best Album (as opposed to highest Selling Album) because they aren't made in NZ.