Hayley Sproull and Stan Walker will host this year
Aotearoa Music Prize | Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa, as New Zealand’s biggest musical night moves to a new home on TVNZ.
The host of TVNZ Did you pay attention? and The big baked kiwi and the chart-topping musician will team up for a special screening of a live televised event on Friday, December 17 at 8:30 p.m. on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ OnDemand.
The country’s biggest and brightest music stars will take the stage for the 56th annual awards ceremony as extravagance celebrates the power of music and the incredible local artists who call New Zealand home. With performances from artists such as Harper Finn, LAB, Team Dynamite, TEEKS, Te Nūtube and Troy Kingi, with a special In Memorium performance by Goldsmith Baynes – a spectacular night of waiata awaits.
Sproull said of his awards debut: “I am so proud to present the Aotearoa Music Awards, alongside one of our best – Stan Walker. I’ve always loved music, whether it’s Mozart or Blindspott, Savage or Alien Weaponry, but 10-year-old concert pianist Hayley Sproull never imagined hosting these awards. I just hope my inner classic little girl is feeling pretty cool among all these rock stars in our industry!
Co-presenting the awards for the third time, Walker will also open the show with a special performance of his own.
“I am delighted to host the Aotearoa Music Awards this year alongside Hayley. I can’t wait to celebrate the music of Aotearoa, it is the music that brings us hope, life, joy and healing. I am fortunate to share this with so many amazing artists and musicians here in Aotearoa.
“I’ll open the show with my last song ‘Come back home’, so we AWN e te whānau. Join us and celebrate together our waiata, ngā korokoro tūī me ngā ringapuoro o ngā waiata rōreka o Aotearoa. Hei reira, see you soon! Walker said.
Starry Night Will See Top New Zealand Artists Crowned TVNZ Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau Winners | Single of the Year, Spotify Te Kaithura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Revolutionary Artist of the Year and Recorded Music NZ Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the year, with many other distinctions distributed throughout the evening.
The Kiwis can also support their favorite artists and vote for the Humm People’s Choice award during the voting opening on Thursday, December 2. These public votes determine the winner of this category: https://www.shophumm.com/nz/ama-peoples-choice
The 2021 Aotearoa Music Prize will take place at the Kiri Te Kanawa Theater at the Aotea Center and will be broadcast live on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ OnDemand.
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