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Aaradhna, KINGS sweep Pacific Music Awards

02 June 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

Aaradhna and KINGS were the big winners at last night's Pacific Music Awards in Auckland.

South Auckland-rapper KINGS crossed the Vodafone Events Centre stage four times, picking up awards for Best Pacific Urban Artist, Best Producer, the Radio Airplay Award and Best Pacific Male Artist.

Samoan-Indian artist, Aaradhna and Samoan-Maori artist, KINGS. 

Samoan-Indian songstress Aaradhna also took home four awards including Best Pacific Album for Brown Girl, Best Pacific Music Video, Best Pacific Song and Best Pacific Female Artist.

She says the awards get better every year.

"I'm overwhelmed by the talent, it's awesome to be with my peeps. Every set that's played so far, I love it," she says. 

Aaradhna's fellow winners from last night's awards include Opetaia Foa'i.

Foa'i, the frontman and founder of Pacific group Te Vaka, was presented with a Special Recognition Award for the group's contributions to the soundtrack of the box-office hit, Moana. 

Te Vaka's leader and founder, Opetaia Foa'i. 

A clearly emotional Foa'i says ever since taking the Moana job, he has felt a responsibility to represent the Pacific well. 

"These are my people here and they'd be hanging me out to dry if I didn't do a good job," he says. 

Foa'i's daughter Olivia also won an award last night for Best Pacific Language Song for Tulou Tagaloa, also from Moana. 

Three Houses Down featuring 11-year-old sensation General Fiyah finished the night with two awards for their hit Love & Affection. They took home Best Pacific Group and the People's Choice Award. 

Three Houses Down featuring 11-year-old General Fiyah. 

Emerging Niuean artist Tommy Nee was awarded with the Phillip Fuemana Award for most promising Pacific artist. 

After a nervous and heartfelt acknowledgement in Niuean he promised to keep writing and performing Pacific music. 

The night ended with the presentation of the Pasifika Lifetime Achievement award to Cook Island legend Brother Love.

Niuean artist, Tommy Nee.

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Brother Love. 

Samoan artist, Annie Grace took home the Best Pacific Gospel Artist Award. 

Vodafone Pacific Music Awards Winners:

Virgin Australia Best Pacific Female Artist Award:

  • WINNER: Aaradhna – Brown Girl
  • La Coco – Love & Other Things
  • Olivia Foa’i – ‘Tulou Tagaloa’


NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist Award:

  • Savage – ‘Zooby Doo’
  • Tommy Nee – Colorblind


Niu FM Best Pacific Urban Artist Award:

  • Three Houses Down feat. General Fiyah – ‘Love & Affection’


Radio 531pi Best Pacific Group Award:

  • WINNER: Three Houses Down feat. General Fiyah – ‘Love & Affection’
  • Tomorrow People – ‘Writings on the Wall’
  • Unity Pacific – Blackbirder Dread


NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video Award:

  • WINNER: Aaradhna – ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ (Directed by Sophie Findlay)
  • Parri$ – ‘Friday’ (Directed by Parris Goebel)
  • Three Houses Down feat. General Fiyah – ‘Love & Affection’ (Directed by Samson Rambo)


APRA Best Pacific Song Award:

  • WINNER: Aaradhna – ‘Brown Girl’ (Written by Aaradhna Patel)
  • KINGS – ‘Don’t Worry Bout’ It’ (Written by Kings)
  • Opetaia Foa’i – ‘We Know The Way’ (Written by Opetaia Foa’i and Lin-Manuel Miranda)


SunPix Best Pacific Language Award:

  • Annie Grace – ‘Loimata o le Fiafia’
  • WINNER: Olivia Foa’i – ‘Tulou Tagaloa’
  • Vai Mahina/Sulata Foa’i-Amiatu, Matthew Ineleo – ‘An Innocent Warrior’


Best Pacific Gospel Artist Award:

  • WINNER: Annie Grace – ‘Unchangeable Love’
  • La Coco – Love & Other Things
  • Revere – ‘Groove Thing’


Flava Best International Pacific Artist Award:

  • WINNER: J Boog – Rose Petals
  • Kylie Auldist – Family Tree
  • CRSB – Evolution of Love


Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album Award:

  • WINNER: Aaradhna – Brown Girl
  • Unity Pacific – Blackbirder Dread


MAINZ Best Producer Award:

  • WINNER: KINGS – KINGS EP (Produced by Kings)
  • La Coco – Love & Other Things (Produced by Dee Letoa)
  • SWIDT – SWIDT vs EVERYBODY (Produced by SmokeyGotBeatz)


Vodafone People’s Choice Award:

  • WINNER: Three Houses Down feat. General Fiyah – ‘Love & Affection’


NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award

  • WINNER: KINGS – KINGS EP (Produced by Kings)


Phillip Fuemana Award – Most Promising Pacific Artist:

  • WINNER: Tommy Nee


Special Recognition Award – Outstanding Achievement:

  • WINNER: Opetaia Foa’i


Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award

WINNER: Brother Love

Tags: Te Vaka, Pacific Music Awards, Aaradhna, KINGS, Annie Grace, Tommy Need, Three Houses Down, General Fiyah, Opetaia Foa'i, Olivia Foa'i, Brother Love, J Boog,