The Mint Chicks nab major awards at NZ Music Awards 10:00PM Thursday October 18, 2007 By Joanna Hunkin
They built their reputation on outrageous on-stage antics, but last night The Mint Chicks proved they have the goods to back it up, winning three Tuis at the New Zealand Music Awards.
The punk rockers were the big winners of the night, claiming the Best Group award and winning Best Album and Best Rock Album for last year's release Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!.
The wins mark a break in tradition for the awards, which generally favour the most commercially succesful artists and albums.
Named TimeOut's album of the year for 2006, Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! was a critical success but failed to achieve gold status, which requires a minimum of 7,500 album sales.
Soul singer Hollie Smith proved the hottest solo talent of the night, winning three awards, including Best Female Solo Artist.
The surprise win saw Smith beat out favourites Brooke Fraser and Hayley Westenra to claim the award.
Fraser continued her reign of commercial success, however, taking home the Highest Selling Album and Airplay Record of the Year awards.
New Zealand's original rocker Jonny Devlin became the second inductee to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, winning the New Zealand Herald Legacy Award.
The Hall of Fame was established earlier this year by RIANZ and APRA to honour those who have made a significant contribution to the New Zealand music industry.
The 69-year-old music veteran said he was honoured by the tribute and pleased to be back at the awards.
Hosted by comedian Dai Henwood, the ceremony featured live performances by Evermore, The Mint Chicks, Atlas, Brooke Fraser and Hollie Smith.
WINNERS Album of the Year: The Mint Chicks - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! Single of the Year: Evermore - Light Surrounding You Vodafone People's Choice Award: Opshop Best Group: The Mint Chicks - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! Best Male Solo Artist: Tim Finn - Imaginary Kingdom Best Female Solo Artist: Hollie Smith - Long Player Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Hollie Smith - Long Player Best Rock Album: The Mint Chicks - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! Best Urban/Hip Hop Album: PNC - Rookie Card Best Aotearoa Roots Album: Hollie Smith - Long Player C4 Best Music Video: Sam Peacocke - Crazy?Yes!Dumb?No! (The Mint Chicks) Best Dance/Electronica Album: Shapeshifter - Soulstice Best Maori Album: Richard Nunns & Hirini Melbourne - Te Whaiao: Te Ku Te Whe Remixed Best Gospel/Christian Album: Rapture Ruckus - I Believe Best Classical Album: John Psathas - View From Olympus The New Zealand Herald Legacy Award: Johnny Devlin International Achievement: Evermore Highest Selling Album: Brooke Fraser - Albertine Highest Selling Single: Atlas - Crawl Airplay Record of the Year: Brooke Fraser - Deciphering Me[/size][/quote] Stephany
Here is a short excerpt of Hollie Smith's acceptance speech:
``I don't understand how you can compare me, Hayley and Brooke,'' she said. ``We're just worlds apart. I've got huge respect for what they do. Anyone who does music in New Zealand has got a lot of guts.''
She must be Martin - we usually pick up a few snippets of information - an interview here - a song there - of what Hayley's doing.
This time? zilch!! nada!! OK nothing at all
Best wishes Grant
Hi Grant Recent news items confirm that Hayley is still at home enjoying her time with her family. As she will still be in NZ next Friday we can assume that she will be going straight to Japan for her first concert on 30th Oct.