L.A.B have done it again! Repeating their 2021 haul, L.A.B has secured their spot in award history as the major winner at the Aotearoa Music Awards for the second year running.

Their success story continues, with the group taking home Album of The Year for their fifth album L.A.B V, Single of the Year for ‘Mr Reggae’, Best Group and Best Roots Artist.

L.A.B are now the first band in New Zealand music history to win all four awards in two consecutive years, and are only the second act to ever win Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Group in back-to-back years. 

2022 is proving to be one of L.A.B’s biggest years yet, after performing sold-out shows across Aotearoa. March & April saw the band finally return to Australia, performing sold-out headline shows to over 30,000 people, plus marquee performances at the iconic WOMADelaide & Byron Bay Bluesfest. 

In addition to a further four Aotearoa Music Awards, taking their all-time total wins to 10, the album won Best Record at the Rolling Stone NZ Music Awards, plus three Waiata Māori Music Awards including Best Māori Pop Album, Best Māori Group & Best Song. 

The awards come after the release of L.A.B V, the band’s fifth album in five years.The album reached Number One on the Official Album Charts and is now the band's fifth Platinum album. L.A.B have now secured 14 Platinum singles and 10 Gold singles, with Single Of The Year winner ‘Mr Reggae’ reaching two-times Platinum. 

Early December will see L.A.B unleash the first single from their sixth studio album L.A.B VI which is due for release in April 2023 and will be supported by Australian and US Tours.

L.A.B continue to assert themselves as one of NZ’s hardest-working acts, with the release of new music to be followed by a run of regional headline shows in New Zealand.

Winners & finalists in the major categories of the 2022 Aotearoa Music Awards:  

Te Pukaemi o te Tau (Album of the Year)
Aldous Harding - Warm Chris
Lorde - Solar Power
Reb Fountain - IRIS
Rob Ruha - Preservation of Scenery
Tami Neilson - Kingmaker

Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau (Single of the Year)
Ka Hao - 35
WINNER: L.A.B - Mr Reggae
Marlon Williams - My Boy
Reb Fountain - Lacuna
Rob Ruha - That's Where I'll Be
The Beths - Silence is Golden

Te Roopu Toa (Best Group)
Alien Weaponry - Tangaroa
Fat Freddy's Drop - WAIRUNGA
Ka Hao - Ka Hao: One Tira One Voice

Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa (Best Roots Artist)
Ka Hao – Ka Hao: One Tira, One Voice
The Black Seeds – Love & Fire