The NZ Music Awards ceremony now fills Auckland’s Vector Arena and is a major social and music industry event. In 1978 the awards were broadcast in this 16 September Ready to Roll special, cobbling together finalists at Avalon Studios. Stu (Nice One) Dennison is the host (in brown overalls); and there are performances from John Rowles, newcomer Sharon O’Neill, the Rodger Fox Big Band, Hello Sailor, Toni Williams and Golden Harvest (who feature teeth-picking lead guitar in best Hendrix style). Just two awards are covered here: for single and album of the year.
In the last 12 months I seem to have heard a lot of comment about the inactivity of recording local talent in New Zealand. Well, I think that everyone in New Zealand tonight can see that the industry is very much alive and well.– Tim Murdoch, CEO Recording Industry Association of NZ
Television One (TV One)
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The programme was made in association with the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ).