Nominations for the Aotearoa Music Awards 2022 open today

The call is out for artists across the country with nominations now open for the 2022 Aotearoa Music Awards.

Starting today, musicians, producers, engineers and visual artists who have contributed to the local music industry can be nominated for a Tūī 2022.

Details of the nomination can be found on the Aotearoa Music Awards website. Unless otherwise stated, awards are open to New Zealand artists whose recordings were released between August 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022 (12 months).

This also includes country music artists, with the inclusion of the Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa | Presentation of the best country music artist announced in February.

Please note that the eligibility period for Top Country Music Artist is for recordings released between January 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022. Nominations remain open until 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 1.

Changes to the Aotearoa Music Awards for 2022

Sarah Owen, Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa, says the prices will be a bit different this year.

There will be Tūī nominations, finalists and winners as usual, with a special invitation-only celebration later in the year – but no televised awards ceremony.

“Recorded Music NZ is proud to be kaitiaki and host of the Aotearoa Music Awards, the country’s oldest award ceremony which has continued to evolve over the years,” says Sarah.

“In 2022, the traditional award show format is under pressure around the world, and event organizers face a different market for commercial sponsorship post COVID-19. In the context of social changes, the pandemic and audience changes, we believe the time has come to suspend our annual awards ceremony for a year.

“It will give us the time and space to reflect and review the Aotearoa Music Awards and make a plan for 2023 and beyond. As part of this process, we’ll engage with artists, partners and the music community to find out what’s important to them.

“In the meantime, we encourage everyone to submit their nominations for the 2022 Aotearoa Music Awards. Although it has been a difficult 12 months, Aotearoa’s creative talent has shone and we look forward to celebrating recording artists again, their recordings and the realizations of the hapori puoro of Aotearoa.

Applications 2022
The Tūī presented at the 2022 Aotearoa Music Awards are:

  • Te Pukaemi or Te Tau | album of the year
  • Te Waiata Tōtahi or te Tau | Bachelor of the Year
  • Te Roopu Toa | Best group
  • Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist
  • Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa or te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year
  • Te Kaipuoro Maori Toa | Best Maori Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Hiphope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist
  • Mana Reo Award
  • Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa | Best Rock Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa / Best Country Music Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist
  • Te Kaiwhakaputa Toa/Best Producer
  • Te Kaipukaha Toa / Best Engineer
  • Te Toi Ataata Pukaemi Toa / Best Album Artwork
  • Te Kiko Puoro Ataata Toa | Best Music Video Content

The finalists will be announced in September.

Other ngā Tūī featured during the year include:

  • Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa / Best Folk Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa/Best Jazz Artist
  • Te Pukaemi Toa or Te Moana Nui a Kiwa/Best Pacific Music Album
  • Te Kaipuoro Waiata Tamariki Toa / Best Children’s Music Artist.

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