NZ Music Awards announce changes after Aaradhna controversy

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards has dropped a category after racism allegations.

The Best Urban/Hip-Hop Album category has been dropped after the winner last year, singer-songwriter Aaradhna, refused the award, saying she felt it's a category for "brown artists".

"If I were to accept this as an artist, it wouldn't be fair because I am a singer, not a rapper," she said on the night.

There will be two new categories instead: Best Soul/RnB and Best Hip-Hop.

There will also no longer be separate awards for Best Male and Best Female artists, rather just one Best Solo Artist award.

The awards will take place in Auckland in November.

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