8 July 2021
Record number of entries and finalists for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards
Announcing the finalists for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards
After a thriving 12 months, this evening we announced the finalists for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards at an event at The Alexander Café, Otara, Auckland.
This year, we have a record 27 finalists across the 13 award categories, with soul sensation Tree leading the nominations.
After the release of her self-produced debut album Mrs Tree, she has been nominated for Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist, SunPix Best Pacific Language, NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video for ‘Afio Ane Loa’, and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.
She recently headlined the main stage at the Return of the Auckland Pasifika Festival and is currently touring in Australia, with plans for Aotearoa, the United States and Hawai’i in the future.
Tāmaki Makaurau-based Lou’ana has been serving up soul funk to listeners with her seven piece band, releasing her debut album Moonlight Madness and undertaking a winter tour of Aotearoa.
No stranger to the Pacific Music Awards, this year she’s nominated for Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist, Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist, and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.
Hip hop heavyweight Kings is back at the Pacific Music Awards in 2021. After a string of successful releases in years past, the independent producer and rapper is back with his latest single ‘Help Me Out’, which recently went gold.
He’s nominated for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video and APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Help Me Out’.
Last year, singer/songwriter Lepani was nominated for Best Soul/R&B Artist at the Aotearoa Music Awards after the release of his debut EP In The Moment.
This year, he’s up for three awards at the Pacific Music Awards – Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist, Best Producer and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.
Back for the third year running, hip hop duo Church & AP have been busy during the last 12 months.
After winning four Pacific Music Awards (Best Group, Best Hip Hop Artist, Radio Airplay, and Best Producer) and Best Hip-Hop Artist at the Aotearoa Music Awards for their debut album Teeth last year, hip-hop duo Church & AP are back.
The two are nominated for Flava Best Pacific Group and Base FM & Island Base Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist at the 2021 Pacific Music Awards.
Other finalists include:
“With the largest number of submissions in the history of Pacific Music awards received this year, we acknowledge this bodes well for our Pacific music community and also the Aotearoa New Zealand Music industry. We are grateful that our artists can draw from a very rich Pacific history and continue to determine their own pathways forward.”
“We proudly announce the 2021 finalists and acknowledge the dynamic diversity of the artists and their music. We look forward to the 2021 Pacific Music Awards and to collectively celebrating our amazing Pacific music community.”
There will be six other awards announced for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards: Phillip Fuemana Most Promising Pacific Artist, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award, NZ On Air Streaming Award, SunPix People’s Choice Award – Best Pacific Artist, Ministry for Pacific Peoples Special Recognition Award and the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winner of the Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album category is presented with an official Tui and recognised at the Aotearoa Music Awards later in November 2021.
2021 Pacific Music Awards finalists:
Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist:
For more information: www.pacificmusicawards.org.nz
Issued for the Pacific Music Awards by Pead
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 | 021 029 01388 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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