4 August 2022
An evening of celebration at the 2022 Pacific Music Awards
Pacific musicians recognised at in-person awards ceremony in Manukau, Auckland
This evening the Pacific music community was celebrated at the 2022 Pacific Music Awards at the Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau, Auckland.
Onehunga-based hip hop crew SWIDT took out three awards for Flava Best Pacific Group, Base FM & Island Base Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist and APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Kelz Garage’, written by Daniel Latu, Amon McGoram, Isaiah Libeau, Lomez Brown, and Samuel Verlinden.
Fellow artist Kings was named for NZ Music Comission Best Pacific Male Artist, and received both the NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award and NZ On Air Streaming Award for his track ‘Help Me Out’ featuring Sons of Zion.
Barbecue favourites Tomorrow People were honoured with One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist as well as the Recorded Music Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa | Best Pacific Music Album for their album 21.
For their work on The Panthers OST, Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith were recognised with the MPG/SAE Best Producer award. Furthermore, the song ‘Ain't The Same’ featuring Melodownz & Summer Vaha'akolo won NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video and was directed by Tom Hern and Timēna Apa.
Several first time finalists won their respective categories as well. Anthem were recognised with 531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist, while Sam V and Lisi were awarded Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist and Niu FM Best International Pacific Artist respectively.
Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist was awarded to Emily Muli, while Kas Futialo received the award for SunPix Best Pacific Language for the album Grandmasta Kas.
Sibling outfit Samson Squad were the crowd favourites, taking out SunPix People’s Choice Award for Best Pacific Artist, while newcomer Jarna was awarded the Phillip Fuemana Award for Most Promising Pacific Artist.
Receiving the first Creative New Zealand Awards are Shepherds Reign, recognising their contributions to the Pacific music scene and to help further the impact of their art.
The inaugural Arch Angel Independent Artist Award was presented to lilbubblegum to support his burgeoning career, after his breakout hit ‘af1s’ went viral last year - reaching over 20 million Spotify streams.
There were three recipients of this year’s Ministry for Pacific People’s Special Recognition Award – Ngaire Fuata, Tagata Pasifika and Niu FM – Pacific Media Network. All three deserve to be celebrated for the impact they’ve made on the local Pacific community in Aotearoa.Finally, Fa’anana Jerome Grey was selected as the 2022 recipient of the Manukau Institute of Technology Te Pukenga Lifetime Achievement Award.
Grey’s iconic song ‘We Are Samoa’ became the unofficial anthem of the country, and his legacy was celebrated through a tribute performance by Brotherhood Musiq and Resonate.
Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua says: “2022 Pacific Music Awards bares testimony to Ene tolonga [Tonga] Kena ivakaraitaki [Fiji] Maufetuuna'i [Samoa] Te Pakari [Maori Aotearoa] Resilience return to live music live audience honouring and celebrating our Pacific artists and industry.
“Mindful of our Kaupapa themes of Connections, Collaboration and Community Pasifika music soundtracks of our people and this recent COVID19 reality come history. Pasifika Music Pasifika Artists Pasifika nations honoured and celebrated 2022 Pasifika Music Awards manuia.”
Event Producer Petrina Togi-Sa’ena says: “We are grateful and so thankful that we could return with a live event this year for the Pacific Music Awards. This gave us the opportunity to gather together as an extended family and as a community, to collectively celebrate Pacific music together.
“With more award categories and a full show of amazing live performances, it was such a wonderful uplifting night. Huge thanks to our sponsors, funders, supporters and the team that work so hard to make the awards event possible. Congratulations to all the finalists, winners and award recipients – we are so proud of you all!”
Alongside the celebration of Pacific musicians, there were several live performances from finalists and winners alike including House of Misfits, Kings, Mo. Etc, Sam V, SWIDT and Tomorrow People.
2022 Pacific Music Awards winners:
Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist:
Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist:
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.
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