Watch: 'I can't believe it!' - Lorde thrilled to win APRA Silver Scroll Award for hit Green Light

Lorde won the 2017 APRA Silver Scroll Award for her international hit song Green Light.

Lorde, real name Ella Yelich O’Connor, along with her co-writers Jack Antonoff and Joel Little were unable to be at the ceremony at the Dunedin Town Hall last night, but Lorde sent a message from America.

"I can’t believe it. I really wanted to win the Silver Scroll Award, I just feel like it's so prestigious and important. I always love and respect the songs that end up in the Silver Scrolls," she said. 

"Thank you for honouring Green Light, which is a song I love so much, and am so proud of. The second it came out, I knew it felt like a bit of my heart, right in the song. Thank you so much, I wish I was there!"

It was the third time Lorde has been a finalist in her short career, and her second win with Joel Little, after being awarded the trophy for Royals in 2013. 

The award acknowledges excellence in songwriting.

"As a song, Green Light instantly hit its mark. Ella has captured that moment in her life and shared it beautifully with us all," said Anthony Healey, Head of NZ Operations for APRA AMCOS. 

Ella Yelich-O'Connor, otherwise known as Lorde, gives an insight into the life that she lives. Source: Seven Sharp

"Along with Joel and Jack she’s crafted something that’s been critically acclaimed all over the world. But the acclaim of your peers is special, it’s the highest praise and in this case a well-deserved accolade."

Newcomers Alien Weaponry (Henry de Jong, Lewis de Jong, and Ethan Trembath) took the APRA Maioha Award, recognising exceptional waiata featuring te reo Māori, for their heavy metal anthem Raupatu. The song raises awareness of land confiscations by the colonial government.

Wellington composer and violinist, Salina Fisher, won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for the second year in a row, with her composition Torino, which was inspired by the work of taonga puoro artist Rob Thorne. Thorne collected the award on Fisher's behalf, as she is currently based in New York, studying at the Manhattan School of Music.

First time finalist Claire Cowan won the APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award for her soundtrack for mini-series Hillary, which celebrated the life of Sir Edmund Hillary.

The APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award was won by Tim Prebble for his work on independent film One Thousand Ropes.

Rounding off the evening was the induction of The Clean into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, with a tribute to the iconic Dunedin band from poet David Merritt, filmmaker Stuart Page, and musicians Astro Children and Billy TK.

2017 APRA Silver Scrolls Winners List

APRA Silver Scroll Award: Ella Yelich O’Connor, Jack Antonoff, Joel Little (Lorde) - Green Light
APRA Maioha Award: Henry de Jong, Lewis de Jong, Ethan Trembath (Alien Weaponry) - Raupatu
SOUNZ Contemporary Award: Salina Fisher - Torino
APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award: Claire Cowan - Hillary
APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award: Tim Prebble - One Thousand Ropes
Hall of Fame: The Clean - Hamish Kilgour, David Kilgour, Robert Scott, and Peter Gutteridge



Suge Knight, once one of gangsta rap's biggest moguls, agrees to 28-year sentence after murder charge reduced

Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest today in a US courtroom to voluntary manslaughter and after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years ago.

The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison.

Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after fleeing the scene of an altercation in January 2015 outside a Compton burger stand. Knight and Cle "Bone" Sloan, a consultant on the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton were involved in a fistfight that ended with Knight clipping the man with his pickup truck and running over businessman Terry Carter, who died from his injuries.

Knight's attorneys have said he was acting in self-defence and was fleeing armed attackers when he ran over Mr Carter and Mr Sloan.

During today's hearing, Knight answered Judge Ronald Coen's questions, loudly and quickly saying "no contest" when the judge asked for his plea.

The plea deal calls for Knight to serve 22 years in prison on the voluntary manslaughter count, and another six years because it is a third strike violation.

Former music mogul and founder of Death Row Records Suge Knight

Knight, 53, was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy.

He has prior felony convictions for armed robbery and assault with a gun. He pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years' probation for assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992.

He was sentenced in February 1997 to prison for violating terms of that probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight's car just east of the Las Vegas Strip. Shakur's slaying remains unsolved.

He had faced life in prison if convicted of murder for killing Mr Carter.

FILE - In this July 7, 2015, file photo,  Knight has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years ago.
The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison.  (Patrick T. Fallon/Pool Photo via AP, File)
Marion Hugh "Suge" Knight sits for a hearing in his murder case in Superior Court in Los Angeles in 2015. Source: Associated Press

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Ozzy Osbourne confirms two New Zealand shows as part of farewell world tour

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed two final shows in New Zealand in March 2019 as part of his farewell world tour, No More Tours 2.

The former Black Sabbath singer will play shows in Christchurch at Horncastle Arena on March 13 and Auckland’s Spark Arena on March 16.

Heavy metal legends Judas Priest, who are on their first New Zealand tour, will open for Osbourne.

The 69-year-old will celebrate a career which began in 1968 when Black Sabbath was formed alongside long-time collaborators, guitarist Zakk Wylde, Blasko on bass, drummer Tommy Clufetos and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.

Ozzy Osbourne.

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Roseanne Barr plans to leave the US to 'escape negativity'

Controversial TV star Roseanne Barr has revealed she intends to travel to Israel when the Roseanne spin-off airs because she doesn't want to "get drawn into a negative thing".

The 65-year-old actress' eponymous sitcom was axed earlier this year after she posted an offensive message about Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to former US President Barack Obama, on Twitter, and Roseanne has now revealed why she plans to leave the US before The Conners airs in October.

She shared: "Oh, yeah, I don't want to be around, because I, you know, I'll get drawn into a negative thing.

"Defending myself or being angry for being mischaracterised and, you know, I don't ... I want to stay away from it. I want to stay in a joyous, positive, happy place that I've worked my way to again in my life."

The Conners will feature all of the main cast of the original show except Rosanne, who plans to focus on her Hebrew while in Israel.

She told The Dr. Oz Show: "I want to be able to learn Hebrew, speak Hebrew fluently, because, you know, I read very slow but I know the letters and I love the letters, but, I want to speak it.

"And also I have quite a few teachers over the years that live there and, you know, I want to study."

Meanwhile, Roseanne recently revealed the spin-off show will kill off her character with an "overdose".

The actress claimed that her character will meet her end at the hands of an "opioid overdose", which she says is "cruelly insulting" to the fans of the original programme.

Roseanne said: "Oh ya, they killed her. They have her die of an opioid overdose.

"There's nothing I can do about it. It's done. It's over. [But it] so cruelly insults the people who loved that family in that show."

Her show was cancelled by ABC following her comments directed at a former advisor to Barack Obama.
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Rihanna asks for Jacinda Ardern's help in tweet - 'Its been a big year for you'

Popstar and fashionista Rihanna has reached out on Twitter to try and enlist the help of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for one of the singer's charitable causes.

Rihanna started out by congratulating the PM before asking for help. 

"Kia ora @jacindaardern! It's been a big year for you & NZ - congrats!

"I hope you & @MFATgovtNZ agree that educating every child can change the world!" the singer wrote before linking to the Clara Lionel Foundation which she started in 2012.

The tweet also contained a link to a piece Rihanna wrote for The Guardian yesterday, calling for more support for young students in developing countries. 

Rihanna and Jacinda Ardern. Source: Associated Press