Marlon Williams wins Album of the Year at 2018 VNZMAs for Make Way For Love

  • 15/11/2018

Marlon Williams has won Album of the Year for Make Way For Love at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards (VNZMAs).

It's the latest achievement in a huge year for the Christchurch singer/songwriter, who also won the Silver Scroll and starred in Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born.

Giving his acceptance speech via video while he tours Europe, Williams thanked his management, his band "for making the album sound so pretty" and to co-writer Delanie Davidson for enouraging him to keep going.

He also thanked his parents, as well as ex-girlfriend and fellow musician Aldous Harding, who was "something of a muse" for Make Way For Love as well as contributing her own vocals to 'Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore'.

Williams was nominated for the award along with Six60, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Julia Deans, Alien Weaponry and Tami Neilson.

He also won Best Solo Artist at the VNZMAs and was nominated for Best Alternative Artist, which went instead to Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Williams won the 2018 Silver Scroll for his ballad 'Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore', a duet with fellow musician Aldous Harding about the pair's break-up.

He humbly told Newshub he felt "slightly guilty" for winning the honour, because "as a New Zealander there's always that element of not feeling worthy of it".

Williams also won the 2018 VNZMA, also known as a 'Tui', for Best Music Video for his track 'Vampire Again' at the 2018 Artisan Awards at Massey University, Wellington last week.