FINALISTS, PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS (2022): And the winner is . . .

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FINALISTS, PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS (2022): And the winner is . . .

It's that time again when the Pacific artists are honoured and here follows the list of nominees. The awards -- having had to be online the past two years -- are scheduled now for August 4. More details will follow. 

Across 13 awards categories, this year’s 26 finalists are a mix of new musicians debuting music, established Pacific music icons and everything in between. 

Leading the finalist nominations this year are Tomorrow Peoplewith four nods including Flava Best Pacific Group, One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album for 21.

The producers responsible for this album are also nominated for Best Producer - IKON MUSIC: Avina Kelekolio, Hennie Tui and Tana Tupai.

Furthermore, nine first time finalists were also celebrated this evening: House of Misfits (531pi Best Gospel Artist , NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video), Anthem (531pi Best Gospel Artist), Bina Butta and Kennyon Brown (Niu FM Best International Artist), Foundation (One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist), Lisi (Niu FM Best International Artist), Mo Etc. (Auckland Council Best Female Artist), Sam V (Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist), and Sammielz (One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist).

With such a strong local movement, it’s only natural hip hop has a presence at this year’s awards. Kings (NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Young 4Eva’, Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album for Raplist) and SWIDT (Flava Best Pacific Group, Base FM & Island Base Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist, APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Kelz Garage’) are both nominated for three awards this year.

Furthermore,Poetik (NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, Base FM & Island Base Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist) and Team Dynamite (Flava Best Pacific Group, Base FM & Island Base Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist) are both finalists for two awards, with Harry (Haz Beats) Huavi also nominated for Best Producer for his work on Team Dynamite’s album Respect The Process.

For their work on ‘The Panthers’ miniseries, Diggy Dupéchoicevaughan and P.Smith are finalists for NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video for the track ‘Ain't The Same ft. Melodownz & Summer Vaha'akolo’ directed by Tom Hern, as well as Best Producer and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Album for The Panthers OST. Diggy Dupé is also a finalist for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist for his track ‘WEON’.

After winning Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Album last year for Mrs Tree and NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video for 'Afio Ane Loa', Tree is back as a finalist for 531pi Best Gospel Artist and Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist for the track ‘No Fear ft. Junior Soqeta’.

2022 Pacific Music Awards finalists:

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Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist:

  • Emily Muli - ‘Break’

  • Mo Etc. - Oceanbed

  • Tree - ‘No Fear ft Junior Soqeta’

NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist:

  • Diggy Dupé - ‘WEON’

  • Kings - Raplist, ‘Young 4Eva’

  • Poetik - Poetik Justice

Flava Best Pacific Group:

  • SWIDT - ‘Seize the Day ft Savage’, ‘Kelz Garage’, ‘312 Day’

  • Team Dynamite - Respect The Process

  • Tomorrow People - 21

NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video:

  • DiggyDupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith - ‘Ain't The Same ft. Melodownz & Summer Vaha'akolo’

    • Directed by Tom Hern

  • House of Misfits - ‘Tā Te Manawa’

    • Directed by Abigail Dougherty

  • Vallé - ‘Swing Low’

    • Directed by Connor Pritchard

APRA Best Pacific Song:

  • Kings - ‘Young 4Eva’

    • Written by Kingdon Chapple-Wilson

  • Samson Squad - ‘Amene’

    • Written by Jacob Samson, Tautape Samson & Jayjay Samson 

  • SWIDT ‘Kelz Garage’

    • Written by Daniel Latu, Amon McGoram. Lomez Brown, Samuel Verlinden

SunPix Best Pacific Language:

  • Kas Futialo - Grandmasta Kas

  • Lani Alo - ‘Tua i manu’

  • Samson Squad - ‘Kainga’, ‘Amene’

  • Shepherds Reign - ‘Nga Ao E Rua’

Base FM & Island Base FM Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist:

  • Poetik - Poetik Justice

  • SWIDT - ‘Seize the Day ft Savage’, ‘Kelz Garage’, ‘312 Day’

  • Team Dynamite - Respect The Process

Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist:

  • Emily Muli - ‘Break’

  • Sam V - ‘Wired’, ‘Biker Boy’

  • TJ Taotua - Overdue

One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist:

  • Foundation - ‘Closer’

  • Sammielz - ‘Okay’

  • Tomorrow People - 21

  • Victor J Sefo - ‘Pele Ea’, ‘Ride’, ‘Shots’

531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist:

  • Anthem - Anthem

  • Tree - ‘No Fear ft Junior Soqeta’

  • House of Misfits ‘Tā Te Manawa’

Niu FM Best International Pacific Artist:

  • Bina Butta & Kennyon Brown - ‘Lady Love’

  • Jaro Local - ‘Kamanda Amanda’, ‘First Time’, ‘Single Papa’, ‘25 Minutes’

  • Lisi - ‘Good Life’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Til the Death’, ‘Baby We On’

Best Producer

  • Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith - The Panthers OST

    • Producers: Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan, P Smith

  • Team Dynamite - Respect The Process

    • Producer: Harry (Haz Beats) Huavi

  • Tomorrow People - 21

    • Producers: IKON MUSIC - Avina Kelekolio, Hennie Tui, Tana Tupai

Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album:

  • Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith - The Panthers OST

  • Kings - Raplist

  • Tomorrow People - 21


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