NEW ZEALAND singing sensation Kimbra has won the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) award for best female artist for the second year on the trot.
The 22-year-old, who was born in Hamilton but now lives in Melbourne, held off Missy Higgins, Jessica Mauboy, Lanie Lane and Megan Washington.
She was handed the award by British comedian Russell Brand, moments after rocking the audience with her hit Settle Down.
“What a whirlwind year it’s been and what an amazing way to top it off, to be acknowledged for this record I started making in Melbourne at 17,” Kimbra said.
“I want to thank all the fans out there that came to see me play back in those days.”
Last year’s awards helped catapult Kimbra to stardom when she collaborated with Goyte on the massive single Somebody That I Used to Know.
Since then she toured the United States, won a songwriting prize in Nashville, and dominated the New Zealand Music Awards.