Winners announced for the 2018 Waiata Maori Music Awards

Internationally acclaimed haka soul musician Rob Ruha walked away with four trophies from his seven nominations at the 1 1 thannual Waiata M āori Music Awards which were held in Hastings on Friday. Ruha’s wins for his latest album Survivanceincluded Best Māori Male Solo Artist | Manu T īoriori T āne utaia, Best M āori Traditional Album | K ōpae M ōteatea Hira, Best Māori Urban Artist | Kaip ūoro Māori-Noho-Taone Autaia and Best Song by a Māori Artist | Waiata Māori for Kalega. 

Trailblazing songstress Ria Hall, who released her pop album Rules of Engagement last year, was named Best Māori Female Solo Artist | Manu Tīoriori ahine Autaia and singer/songwriter Seth Haapu won the Best Māori Songwriter | Kaitito Waiata M āori Autaia for his track New Wave. Elsewhere, Aotearoa’s heaviest metallers, Alien Weaponry, were awarded Best Music Video by a M āori Artist | Ataata Māori Hira o te Tau for their powerful single Kai Tangata. 

Other award winners on the night included last year’s award winning Male Solo Artist Troy Kingi who this year took out the title for Best M āori Pop Album | Kaip ūoru M āori for Shake That Skinny Ass All the Way To Zygertron while Wellington band Tomorrow People were awarded Best Roots, Reggae | Kōpaeroa Autaia Roots, Reggae for their album BBQ Reggae which went number one earlier this year, knocking Ed Sheeran off the top of the Kiwi album charts.

For the second year in a row, the unstoppable SIX60 took out Radio Airplay Song of the Year by a M āori Artist | Kōpae-Irirangi Kaipūoro Māori o te Tau, this year for their single Don’t Give It Up and M āori pop sensation Maimoa were awarded Radio Airplay Song of the Year by a Māori Artist in Te Reo Māori | K ōpae-Irirangi Kaipūoro Reo Māori o te Tau for their iconic pop hit Wairua. 

Two Emerging Artists were also named by the awards this year: singer and rapper Ngatai Waretini won the Emerging Artist in the Under 25 category and Arona Maui was awarded in the Over 25 category for his soulful vocals.

There were also dual award honoured this year as Keepers of Tradition | Kaitiaka Tikanga Pūoro: renowned ta moko artist, Gisborne-based Arts Foundation Laureate Derek Lardelli who is very involved in kapa haka and who previously coached and led East Coast kapa haka group Whangara-mai-Tawhiti to become supreme winner at the national kapa haka championship; and Dame Georgina Kingi DNZM QSO, esteemed New Zealand educator and principal of Napier's St Joseph's Maori Girls' College.  

Elsewhere, legendary Māori showband troubadour Monty Cowan was honoured with a special award for his Lifetime Contribution to Māori Music | Mauriora o Te Ao P ūoro Māori, the late House of Shem lead singer Carl Perkins was posthumously awarded the Music Industry Award | Ahumahi P ūoro and Ngatai Huata was granted the Music Composers Award (Historical) | Te Puna o te ki o nehe. 

The 2018 Waiata Māori Music Awards winners are:

Best Māori Traditional Album | K ōpae M ōteatea Hira
Rob Ruha – Survivance

Best Māori Pop Album | Kaip ūoru Māori Autaia
Troy Kingi - Shake That Skinny Ass All the Way to Zygertron

Radio Airplay Song of the Year by a Māori Artist in Te Reo M āori Award | Kōpae-Irirangi Kaipūoru Reo M āori o te Tau
Maimoa - Wairua

Radio Airplay Song of the Year by a Māori Artist | Kōpae-Irirangi Kaipūoru Māori o te Tau
SIX60 - Don't Give It Up

Best Music Video by a M āori Artist | Ataata Māori Hira o te Tau
Alien Weaponry – Kai Tangata

Best M āori Urban Artist or Artists | Kaip ūoru M āori-Noho-Taone Autaia
Rob Ruha

Best Roots, Reggae | Kōpaeroa Autaia Roots, Reggae
Tomorrow People – BBQ Reggae

Best Māori Songwriter | Kaitito Waiata- Māori Autaia
Seth Haapu – New Wave

Best M āori Male Solo Artist | Manu T īoriori T āne Autaia
Rob Ruha

Best Māori Female Solo Artist | Manu T īoriori Wahine Autaia
Ria Hall

Best Song by a Māori Artist | Waiata M āori Hira
Rob Ruha - Kalega

Keeper of Tradition | Kaitiaki Tikanga Pūoru
Derek Lardelli  Dame Georgina Kingi

Lifetime Contribution to Māori Music | Mauriora o Te Ao Pūoru Māori
Monty Cowan

Music Industry Award | Ahumahi P ūoru
Carl Perkins

Music Composers Award (Historical) | Te Puna o te ki o nehe
Ngatai Huata 

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