Lorde's clean sweep at Music Awards

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Thursday, 16 November 2017, 10:43PM

Lorde dominated the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards with a clean sweep, winning six prizes, including best album, best single and the publicly voted People's Choice Award.

The 21-year-old began the night on a high, winning the first award of the night for best solo artist, before returning to the stage to collect best pop artist.

She also claimed the International Achievement Award for the fourth time, before taking to the stage for a stunning live performance of her hit single Green Light.

Lorde performs during the 2017 VNZMA Music Awards at Spark Arena. Photo/Greg Bowker

The end of the night saw her claim a total of six awards, bringing her lifetime haul of New Zealand Music Awards to 18.

Accepting the award for Album of the Year, the Kiwi star brought her brother on stage to celebrate.

"This one is so important ... I put everything I had into this record, I gave it everything, I wasn't sure what the path was ... I think it's going to be one of the most important things I make."

Earlier, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern presented Lorde with the People's Choice award.

"I'm surprised I can be people's choice after all these years of harassing you," Lorde joked to a packed Spark Arena.

Onehunga rap crew SWIDT also had cause to celebrate, named best hip hop artist and claiming the best group title, while last year's breakthrough winner Kings was recognised for having the year's highest selling single and won the Radio Airplay Award for his single Don't Worry 'Bout It.

Hamilton rockers Devilskin were named the year's best rock artist, while indie darling Aldous Harding won best breakthrough act and best alternative artist. Harding was unable to claim her first VNZMA win in person as she was playing a soldout gig in Brussels.

The night's highlights included live performances by Teeks, Devilskin and Stellar*, who reformed to play a special tribute version of Maxine, honouring this year's Legacy Award recipient Sharon O'Neill.


Album of the Year Winner: Lorde - Melodrama Aldous Harding - Party David Dallas - Hood Country Club Fazerdaze - Morningside LEISURE - LEISURE SWIDT - Stoneyhunga

Single of the Year Winner: Lorde - Green Light David Dallas - Fit In Ladi6 - Royal Blue MAALA - In My Head SWIDT - Player Of The Day Theia - Roam

Best Group Winner: SWIDT Devilskin LEISURE Shapeshifter

Best Solo Artist Winner: Lorde Aldous Harding KINGS Nadia Reid

Breakthrough Artist of the Year Winner: Aldous Harding Fazerdaze Nadia Reid Teeks

Best Rock Artist Winner: Devilskin Clap Clap Riot Graham Brazier

Best Pop Artist Winner: Lorde Mitch James Theia

Best Alternative Artist Winner: Aldous Harding Fazerdaze Nadia Reid

Best Soul/RnB Artist Winner: Ladi6 Teeks Tommy Nee

Best Hip Hop Artist Winner: SWIDT David Dallas KINGS

Best Roots Artist Winner: Israel Starr Sons of Zion Tomorrow People

Best Electronic Artist Winner: Truth Chaos In The CBD K+Lab

Best Māori Artist Winner: Teeks Alien Weaponry

Best Worship Artist Winner: Curate Music Josh & Amberley Klinkenberg Juliagrace

Best Classical Artist Winner: NZTrio Jenny McLeod Te Kōkī Trio

People's Choice Award Winner: Lorde Kings Maala SWIDT Theia

Highest Selling Single Kings - Don't Worry 'Bout It

Highest Selling Album The Koi Boys - Meant To Be

Airplay Record of the Year Kings - Don't Worry 'Bout It

International Achievement Lorde Opetaia Foa'i