The Taite Music Prize recognises outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album.
Named after the late highly regarded music journalist Dylan Taite, 2016 is the seventh year for the award.
NZ On Air is an Official Partner of the Awards, which are run by Independent Music NZ. It fits with our role supporting and championing local music, and adding to the diversity of local music available.
In 2016, again, the majority of artists nominated as finalists are NZ On Air supported artists - which is awesome to see as it shows we are supporting great local artists.
Congratulations to this year's finalists:
SJD - 'Saint John Divine' (Round Trip Mars)
Nadia Reid - 'Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs' (Spunk Records)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - 'Multi-Love' (Jagjaguwar / Rhythmethod)
Princess Chelsea - 'The Great Cybernetic Depression' (Lil’ Chief Records)
The Phoenix Foundation - 'Give Up Your Dreams' (The Phoenix Foundation)
Anthonie Tonnon - 'Successor' (Canapé King Records / Southbound)
Marlon Williams - 'Marlon Williams' (Universal Music)
Silicon - 'Personal Computer' (Weird World Recording Co / Universal Music NZ)
And big congratulations to the 2016 Taite Music Prize Winner Silicon with 'Personal Computer' (Weird World Recording Co / Universal Music NZ)
2010 – Lawrence Arabia ‘Chant Darling’ (Honorary Bedouin Records)
2011 – Ladi6 – ‘The Liberation Of’ (Question? Music)
2012 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Unknown Mortal Orchestra’ (Seeing Records)
2013 – SJD – ‘Elastic Wasteland’ (Round Trip Mars)
2014 - Lorde - 'Pure Heroine' (Universal)
2015 - Jakob - 'Sines' (Shoot The Freak)
NZ On Air spends $10,000 a year on supporting the Taite Music Prize.
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