The finalists at this year’s Children’s Music Awards include legendary acts like TV talent Suzy Cato and Wonky Donkey author Craig Smith. Anna van Riel’s name might not be so familiar, but she has been making music for kids for almost a decade and was previously nominated for Best Children’s Song and Best Children’s album in 2016.
Others are new to children’s music but nonetheless have a long track record behind them - for example, violinist Marian Burns who has been playing violin for 40 years and has performed alongside the Topp Twins, Dr John, and Ricky Skaggs, with appearances at big events such as WOMAD (NZ) and Australia’s country festival Tamworth (AUS).
The full list of finalists are:
APRA Best Children's Song finalists: Anna van Riel for Haere Mai Song - Marian Burns for Bubbles and Bubbles - Simon Stanley for Marley Sitting on a Pumpkin Seed written by Cy Winstanley
Recorded Music NZ Best Children's Artist finalists: Anna van Riel for Fishing For Stars - Craig Smith for Not Just For Kids 2 - Marian Burns for Songs For Kids
NZ On Air Best Children's Music Video finalists: Anna van Riel for Echo (feat. Tasmin), video by Anna van Riel - fleaBITE for Probably Papakura by Robin Nathan, video by Ross Payne - Suzy Cato and Kath Bee for Sprinkle A Little Sunshine, video by Raymond McGrath
Winners will be announced at an invite only ceremony on Sunday 5 May at Tuning Fork, Spark Arena.