The Waiata Māori Music Awards red-carpet glamour ceremony on September 13 will feature a star-studded line-up of performers: Big concert drawcards Six60, current hitmaker Troy Kingi, contemporary Māori music pioneer Taisha, multiple
award-winners Bic Runga and Theia and current finalist La Coco. Kirsten Te Rito will perform in honour of Iconic Award recipient Pixie Williams.
 
Past winners Maisey Rika, Rob Ruha and Taisha are ambassadorsfor the awards, representing the kaupapa to encourage, honour
and celebrate the achievements of outstanding traditional and contemporary musical composition by Māori artists.
 
A highlight of Te Marama Pūoru Waiata Māori – Māori Music
Month – the Waiata Māori Music Awards ceremony is now in its 12th year.
 
Finalists, including Amba Holly, Maaka Fiso and PERE and VIP
guests from the world of Māori music will walk the red carpet atClub Hastings from 4.30pm on their way into the dinner and
show.

The Waiata Maori Music Awards will be presented on Friday
Sept 13 at Club Hastings. Tickets for dinner & show, or show-only,are available from iTicket

The ceremony will be livestreamed on Waiata Māori Music Awards Facebook and broadcast live by Awards media partner Radio Kahungunu


FULL LIST OF FINALISTS 2019
 
Best Māori Female Solo Artist
1.     Amba Holly
2.     Theia
3.     La Coco
4.     JaLeace

Best Māori Male Solo Artist
1.     Tipene          
2.     Israel Starr   
3.     PERE           
 
Best Traditional Album Te Reo Māori
1.     Te Kākano – Te Kākano
2.     Grove Roots – Waka
3.     Maaka Fiso – Ngaro
 
Best Māori Pop Album
1.     L.A.B. – L.A.B. II
2.     Te Kākano – Te Kākano
3.     Tipene – Tautoko
 
Best Māori Urban Rap/Hiphop/RnB Album
1.     Tipene – Tautoko
2.     Grove Roots – Waka
3.     Rugged and Wylde – The King and the Chief
 
Best Māori Urban Roots Album
1.     Grove Roots – Waka
2.     NLC – Know Your Roots

Best Song by a Māori Artist
1.     Katchafire – Fyah In The Trenches
2.     Te Kākano – Tōrea
3.     L.A.B. – Rocketship
4.     RunTingz Family – Runtingz Anthem
 
 Best Māori songwriter
1.     Katchafire
2.     L.A.B.   
3.     Te Kākano  
4.     Amba Holly  
 
Best Music Video by a Māori Artist
1.     Grove Roots – Aotearoa
2.     L.A.B. – Baby Will You Let Me
3.     Tipene – Nanny’s House
4.     La Coco – Back When
5.     Theia – Candy