The winners have been revealed for the 2022 Pacific Music Awards, presented last night at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau.

Acknowledging the success of Pacific artists and celebrating and promoting excellence in Pacific music. The Pacific Music Awards aims to encourage young Pacific musicians to aspire to a higher level of achievement. The big winners at this year’s awards included Onehunga hip hop icons SWIDT. Followed closely by The Panthers original soundtrack creators Diggy Dupéchoicevaughan and P. Smith (aka Troy Kingi), and hitmaker Kings.

Diggy Dupe & choicevaughan

“2022 Pacific Music Awards bares testimony to Ene tolonga [Tonga] Kena ivakaraitaki [Fiji] Maufetuuna’i [Samoa] Te Pakari [Maori Aotearoa] Resilience return to live music live audience honouring and celebrating our Pacific artists and industry.

Mindful of our Kaupapa themes of Connections, Collaboration and Community Pasifika music soundtracks of our people and this recent COVID19 reality come history. Pasifika Music Pasifika Artists Pasifika nations honoured and celebrated 2022 Pasifika Music Awards manuia.” — Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua

2022 Pacific Music Awards winners:
Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist
Emily Muli – ‘Break’NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist
Kings – Raplist, ‘Young 4Eva’

Flava Best Pacific Group
SWIDT – ‘Seize the Day ft Savage’, ‘Kelz Garage’, ‘312 Day’

NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video
Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith – ‘Ain’t The Same ft. Melodownz & Summer Vaha’akolo’ — directed by Tom Hernv and Timēna Apa

APRA Best Pacific Song
SWIDT ‘Kelz Garage’ — written by Daniel Latu, Amon McGoram, Isaiah Libeau, Lomez Brown, Samuel Verlinden

SunPix Best Pacific Language
Kas Futialo – Grandmasta Kas

Base FM & Island Base FM Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist
SWIDT – ‘Seize the Day ft Savage’, ‘Kelz Garage’, ‘312 Day’

Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist
Sam V – ‘Wired’, ‘Biker Boy’

One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist
Tomorrow People – 21

531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist
Anthem – Anthem

Niu FM Best International Pacific Artist
Lisi – ‘Good Life’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Til the Death’, ‘Baby We On’

MPG/SAE Best Producer
Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith – The Panthers OST — producers: Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan, P Smith

Recorded Music Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa | Best Pacific Music Album
Tomorrow People – 21

SunPix People’s Choice Award – Best Pacific Artist
Samson Squad

Phillip Fuemana Award – Most Promising Pacific Artist

Creative New Zealand Award
Shepherds Reign

Ministry for Pacific People’s Special Recognition Awards
Ngaire Fuata
Tagata Pasifika
Niu FM – Pacific Media Network

Arch Angel Independent Music Award

Manukau Institute of Technology Te Pukenga Lifetime Achievement Award
Fa’anana Jerome Grey