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Nominations open for the Pacific Music Awards 2023

Nominations open for the Pacific Music Awards 2023

  • 17 Apr 2023

(Picture caption: Nominations are now open for the Pacific Music Awards 2023, scheduled for August 9 at Due Drop Events Centre.) 

Save the date aiga, the Pacific Music Awards 2023 are set to take centre stage at Auckland’s Due Drop Events Centre on August 9.

Hosted by the Pacific Music Awards Trust, the awards are dedicated to celebrating Pacific music and honouring our Pacific artists.

Last year and post-pandemic, the Trust returned to a live event in 2022, which was a great success, affirming to the organiser how important it is to gather as a community and to celebrate. 

In a statement from the Trust, it says it is motivated and excited to be working towards the 19th awards ceremony. 

“It takes all of us, as an extended family, as a collective community, to bring the awards to life each year,” a Trust spokesperson says. 

“The Trust wishes to sincerely thank all our artists, families, audience, sponsors, funders and the team that work on the awards event, for their support for the Pacific Music Awards.”  

The journey to the awards ceremony, begins with the entry process and entries for the 2023 Pacific Music Award are now open until May 5.

Local Pacific artists (New Zealand citizens/residents) can be nominated for all award categories except for the Best International Pacific Artist Award, which is only open to Pacific artists from overseas. 

The recordings eligible for entry, can be singles, EPs or albums that have been released during the year of January 1 – December 31, 2022.  

The 2023 Pacific Music Awards categories are as follows:

  • Best Pacific Female Artist
  • Best Pacific Male Artist
  • Best Pacific Group
  • Best Pacific Gospel Artist
  • Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist
  • Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist
  • Best Roots/Reggae Artist
  • Best Pacific Language
  • Best Pacific Song
  • Best Pacific Music Video
  • Best Producer
  • Best International Pacific Artist
  • Best Pacific Music Album (Aotearoa Music Award)

This year, the Pacific Music Awards Trust is also continuing its Tautua Programme, to provide support to Pacific artists. 

Email [email protected] if you have any questions about the awards or the nomination process for entries or visit the Pacific Music Awards website for the entries page.