SWIDT and Kings win big at the Pacific Music Awards

Hip-hop collective SWIDT and singer-songwriter/rapper Kings picked up three awards each at Thursday’s Pacific Music Awards.

SWIDT won Best Pacific Group, Best Pacific Hip-Hop Artist and Best Pacific Song for Kelz Garage at the ceremony at the Vodafone Event Center in Auckland.

Kings won Best Pacific Male Artist, Radio Airplay Award and Streaming Award for his track Help Me Out with Sons of Zion.

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Other winners were reggae group Tomorrow People who won Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa | Best Pacific Music Album for their 2021 album 21.

The seven-member team also won Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist.

(Left to right) Choicevaughan producer and hip-hop artist Diggy Dupé.

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(Left to right) Choicevaughan producer and hip-hop artist Diggy Dupé.

Hip-hop artist Diggy Dupé, alongside choicevaughan producer and DJ P Money, received the producer’s award for his work on The Panthers soundtrack.

Dupe’s “Ain’t The Same” featuring Melodownz & Summer Vaha’akolo from the album also won Best Pacific Music Video.

All the winners of the 2022 Pacific Music Awards:

Auckland Council’s Best Pacific Female Artist:

WINNER: Emily Muli – “Break”

Mo Etc. – Ocean bed

Tree – ‘No Fear ft Junior Soqeta’

NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist:

WINNER: Kings – Raplist, ‘Young 4Eva’

Diggy Duped – ‘WEON’

Poétik – Poétik Justice

Flava Best Pacific Group:

WINNER: SWIDT – “Seize the Day ft Savage”, “Kelz Garage”, “312 Day”

Team Dynamite – Respect the Process

People of tomorrow – 21

NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video:

WINNER: Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. ​​Smith – ‘Ain’t The Same ft. Melodownz & Summer

Vaha’akolo’ (Directed by Tom Hernv and Timēna Apa)

House of Misfits – ‘Tā Te Manawa’ (directed by Abigail Dougherty)

Vallé – ‘Swing Low’ (directed by Connor Pritchard)

APRA Best Pacific Song:

WINNER: SWIDT ‘Kelz Garage’ (written by Daniel Latu, Amon McGoram, Isaiah Libeau, Lomez Brown, Samuel Verlinden)

Kings – ‘Young 4Eva’ (written by Kingdon Chapple-Wilson)

Samson Squad – ‘Amene’ (written by Jacob Samson, Tautape Samson & Jayjay Samson)

SunPix Best Pacific Language:

WINNER: Kas Futialo – Grandmasta Kas

Lani Alo – ‘Tua i manu’

Samson Squad – ‘Kainga’, ‘Amene’

Shepherds Reign – ‘Nga Ao E Rua feat. Swizl Jäger”

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

WINNER: SWIDT – “Seize the Day ft Savage”, “Kelz Garage”, “312 Day”

Poétik – Poétik Justice

Team Dynamite – Respect the Process

Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist:

WINNER: Sam V – “Wired”, “Biker Boy”

Emily Muli – ‘Break’

TJ Taotua – Late

One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist:

WINNER: Tomorrow People – 21

Foundation – ‘Closer’

Sammielz – ‘Okay’

Victor J Sefo – ‘Pele Ea’, ‘Ride’, ‘Shots’

531ft Best Pacific Gospel Artist:

WINNER: Anthem – Anthem

Tree – ‘No Fear ft Junior Soqeta’

House of misfits ‘Tā Te Manawa’

Niu FM Best Pacific International Artist:

WINNER: Lisi – ‘Good Life’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Til the Death’, ‘Baby We On’

Bina Butta & Kennyon Brown – ‘Lady Love’

Jaro Local – ‘Kamanda Amanda’, ‘First Time’, ‘Single Dad’, ’25 Minutes’

Best MPG/SAE Producer

WINNER: 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 Te Pukaemi Toa or Te Moana Nui a Kiwa | Best Pacific Music Album

WINNER: People of Tomorrow – 21

Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. ​​Smith – The Panthers OST

Kings – Raplist

SunPix People’s Choice Award – Best Pacific Artist

Samson Squad

Philip Fuemana Award – Most Promising Pacific Artist

Jarna

New Zealand Creative Award

reign of the shepherds

Pacific Peoples Ministry Special Recognition Awards

Ngaire Fuata

Tagata Pasifika

Niu FM – Pacific Media Network

Arch Angel Independent Music Awards

lilbubblegum

Manukau Te Pukenga Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award

Fa’anana Jerome Gray