Winners Announced For 2022 Pacific Music Awards

The winners have been revealed for the 2022 edition of the Pacific Music Awards, presented last night at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau. Acknowledging the success of Pacific artists, celebrating and promoting excellence in Pacific music and encouraging young Pacific musicians to aspire to a higher level of achievement, big winners at this year’s awards included Onehunga hip hop icons SWIDT, The Panthers original soundtrack creators Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan and P. Smith (aka Troy Kingi), and hitmaker Kings. Check out the full list of recipients below…

“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

Watch the NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video winning clip for Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan and P. Smith’s ‘Ain’t The Same’ from their soundtrack to The Panthers…