News release: December 2019
The Pacific Music Awards Trust proudly announce the 16th annual Pacific Music Awards will be held on Thursday 21 May 2020. The Pacific Music Awards celebrates the music released in 2019, providing the opportunity to honour the achievements and success of our current Pacific artists and also pay tribute to legacy and developing artists.
Nominations are open for all the entered award categories and are due by Friday 7 February 2020. All the categories are for local artists, i.e. New Zealand citizens/residents, except for the Best International Pacific Artist Award, which is open to Pacific artists from overseas. For the 2020 awards Pacific artists who have released singles, EPs or albums for sale during 1 January – 31 December 2019, will be eligible to enter.
The entered categories for 2020 are confirmed as the following:
For all the details about entering the 2020 Pacific Music Awards, please go to the ENTRIES page. If you have any questions about the Pacific Music Awards or the nomination process, please contact the Pacific Music Awards Trust.
We are looking forward to the celebration of Pacific music and to sharing this special event with you, so please save the date of Thursday 21 May 2020!
The Pacific Music Awards Trust proudly presents the Pacific Music Awards Showcase on Saturday 30 November.
This live showcase continues the 15 year anniversary of the awards, celebrates Pacific music and connects our PMA artists with our community. The day will feature performances from 2019 finalists: Revere, Villette, Sonatane Kaufusi and Runtingz Family. The showcase will be hosted by GK and DJ Flip the Script – with support from Stand Up Stand Out (SUSO) band winners C6, from Tangaroa College.
The artists performing collectively represent the 2019 Pacific Music Awards, and the range of artists and genres we celebrate. This year they were finalists from the following award categories: Best Pacific Female Artist, Best Pacific Male Artist, Best Pacific Gospel Artist, Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist, and Best Pacific Music Video.
We are grateful to have this chance to further celebrate our 2019 PMA artists and to provide our community with an amazing live showcase of Pacific music.
Connecting with Tangaroa College students to perform on the day, allows the Pacific Music Awards Trust the opportunity to directly provide support for up and coming artists. This also extends from the mentoring support the Pacific Music Awards provided for the SUSO finalists this year.
This showcase is presented as part of the Pacific Music Awards Trust's partnership with OMAC, with support from the Otara Papatoetoe Local Board – and this is the fourth year we have hosted the event. The showcase aims to provide the opportunity for current PMA artists to perform and for it to be a community focused event, to connect with our local audience.
Make a morning of it – come through to the markets with your family and friends – and then enjoy the showcase and celebration of Pacific music. We hope you can join us on Saturday 30 November!
23 May 2019
Her Majesty Queen Sālote Tupou lll recognised as the 2019 Lifetime Achievement recipient
The Pacific music industry was in full celebration tonight as the winners for the 15th annual Pacific Music Awards were announced at the Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau, Auckland.
KINGS and Tomorrow People are quickly becoming Pacific music legends, adding to their previous hauls with four 2019 awards each.
Along with the other guests in the packed arena, they recognised Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Her Majesty Queen Sālote Tupou lll - first Queen regnant and third Monarch of the Kingdom of Tonga.
Ruling for 48 years until her passing in 1965 - longer than any other Tongan monarch - she was an avid writer of songs and poems. Her work captured Tongan culture and heritage for the people of Tonga. In recent times, her work has been shared through a collection published in 2004.
An album of her compositions ‘Lomipeau Aotearoa’ was released in 2017. These unique recordings were performed by Auckland-based dance group Pukepuke o’ Tonga, breathing new life into the sounds and melodies of ancient Tonga through the late Queen’s poetry.
KINGS took home Best Pacific Male Artist, APRA Best Pacific Song, and the NZ On Air Streaming Award, as well as SIT/MAINZ Best Producer alongside 10A for their album ‘Lov3 & 3go’.
Tomorrow People picked up Recorded Music Best Pacific Music Album, Pato Entertainment Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist, and PMN Best Pacific Group following the release of their 2018 EP ‘BBQ Reggae’. They also received the coveted SunPix People’s Choice Award for Best Pacific Artist.
After falling in love with hip hop dance, Razé evolved her passion into making incredible music. Her single ‘Not About You’ led her to win Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist and Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist.
The brother duo Adeaze had their first appearance in the Pacific Music Awards back in 2005. And now they’re back with their latest album ‘A Mother’s Love’ released to pay tribute to their late mother, which won PMN Best Pacific Gospel Artist this year.
Onehunga powerhouse hip hop group SWIDT were back at it again this year as well, picking up the Base FM NZ & Island Base FM Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist after releasing their EP ‘The Most Electrifying’.
Hailing from the Solomon Islands, Jaro Local received the award for Flava Best International Pacific Artist showcasing his international hit song ‘Dakini Tangarareh’. Villette’s unique virtual reality music video, ‘Money’, won her the NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video at this year’s awards.
Samoan group Punialava’a received the Lifetime Achievement award in 2018. They’ve continued to produce amazing Pacific music in 2018, earning them the SunPixBest Pacific Language award this year. The NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award went to General Fiyah ft Three Houses Down with their song ‘Here to Stay’.
Melodownz was recognised as this year’s recipient for Phillip Fuemana Award for Most Promising Pacific Artist. After releasing his debut EP in 2017, he has been steady building a name for himself both locally and internationally - opening for the likes of YG, Joey Bada$$ and Raekown of Wu Tang fame. At the end of last year, he released a double EP called ‘HIGH BEAMS’ and has big plans for the remainder of 2019 and beyond.
Chairman and spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua says: “The 15th celebration of the Pacific Music Awards speaks of past achievements – but, just as important, the future. Humble Pacific music beginnings with global musical ramifications.
“Tonight, we travel with our Pacific Music Awards mindful of the Rangatahi Auatalavou young people the new finalists, the Wahine Toa strong powerful Pacific woman artists presence and Taonga the treasures of our Pacific languages we have been blessed indeed. We acknowledge the first Melanesian finalists malo.
There are new Pacific sayings when traditional Pacific music engages with urban Pacific music. Our Malaga ola, life journey sings of our Pacific unity and new hope.”
The awards provided a showcase of the best in Pacific music – with an incredible line up throughout the night. Alongside the special tribute performance for Her Majesty Queen Sālote Tupou lll, there were finalist performances by Adeaze, Poetik Melodownz, Razé, Tree, Punialava’a, Jaro Local and Tomorrow People.
The evening closed with a massive medley performance paying tribute to 15 years of the Pacific Music Awards – a fitting way to close the night’s celebration.
For more information: www.pacificmusicawards.org.nz
Issued for the Pacific Music Awards by Pead PR
About the Pacific Music Awards:
In 2004 the Pacific Music Awards Committee (PMAC) was formed to realise a vision and the inaugural Pacific Music Awards debuted at Pasifika Festival in March 2005. Encouraged by the success of the awards the PMAC set about developing an annual event as a significant highlight of the New Zealand music industry calendar. The awards committee formed a Charitable Trust to organise and host the awards, and are driven by a simple core objective: to create and manage an event that acknowledges the success of Pacific artists, celebrates and promotes excellence in Pacific music and encourages young Pacific musicians to aspire to a higher level of achievement.
Adam Warin, Pead PR | P. 09 551 2375 | M. 021 029 01388 | E. firstname.lastname@example.org
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