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The prestigious and highly-coveted Australian Music Prize has unveiled its Shortlist for its 15th anniversary year, with a cohort of the country’s most respected music experts narrowing down the of 107 nominated albums to just the finest nine Australian releases of 2019.

The shortlist reflects Australia’s diverse pool of talent with an unrivalled consistency of quality continuing to rise to the top not only at home but across the world stage; Ainslie Wills’ introspective, folk-pop debut album ‘All You Have Is All You Need’Amyl And The Sniffers reverence for 1970s punk in their self-titled album, Julia Jacklin’s honest journey through heartbreak and reconnection with self in ‘Crushing’Methyl Ethel’s closure-seeking third album ‘Triage’Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds latest epic ‘Ghosteen’, the eclectic dance album ‘Rebel Force’ from Sleep DThelma Plum’s story of culture, heritage, love and pain in debut album ‘Better In Blak’, the uncompromising, unapologetic sounds from Dispossessed’s ‘Warpath Never Ended’ and previous winner Sampa The Great with her acclaimed record ‘The Return’.

 

 

It’s always great when an album as a body of work is recognised, The Return was one hell of a journey. Being nominated again feels very special,” said Sampa The Great.

This year’s awards see an overhauled judging process featuring forty of the country’s most admired tastemakers, retailers, media and artists participating in creating what is an amazing list of Australian albums. The shortlist has been chosen by a final judging panel who will come together in person for a day of discussion, debate and perhaps argument to decide the musical merits of each release and ultimately select Australia’s most prestigious music prize recipient, to be announced in March.

As a first time AMP judge, binge-listening was a chance to revisit great albums and discover albums that had slipped through the cracks now we’re all seemingly bombarded with more music than ever before. Heaven knows how they managed to cull all those albums down, but they’ve come up with a fine nine that is a killer snapshot of Australian music in the last 12 months,” said Australian Music Prize judge Cameron Adams.

Inspired by the UKs coveted Mercury Prize, the Australian Music Prize has previously recognised artists including Gurrumul, Sampa the Great, Courtney Barnett, Hermitude, The Jezabels, Eddy Current Suppression Ring and The Drones, and continues to thrive with the support of the industry it serves.

The Australian Music Prize has never been more vital in our music ecosystem, providing a separation from the fight for commercial success and encouraging a reconnection to the very heart of what draws us to music. We are proud to lift up music that inspires lives and change our culture for the better,” said Australian Music Prize director Scott Murphy.

The 15th AMP is also increasing its consultation and inclusion across the industry to showcase the album format, shine a light on amazing records which may not have had the support they deserve and to celebrate great Australian albums.

 

The prestigious and highly-coveted Australian Music Prize has unveiled its official shortlist today. Beginning with an 85-album Longlist made up of Australia’s strongest and most beloved records for the year, the prize’s shortlist is now down to just 9 of Australia’s most important releases of 2018.

2018’s shortlist once again sees the true artist breadth of Australian music; from Gurrumul’s posthumous orchestral release ‘Djarimirri’ to Courtney Barnett’s indie pop tome ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ to The Presets’ self-described “Pub Rock Techno” album ‘Hi Viz’. Then there’s Abbe May’s sexy funk on ‘Fruit’, Dead Can Dance’s art-rock masterpiece ‘Dionysus’, dream-pop songwriter Laura Jean’s ‘Devotion’ and the baroque-folk of Grand Salvo and their record ‘Sea Glass’.  The instrumental jazz stylings of Sam Anning’s ‘Across A Field As Vast as One’ and rock of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s ‘Hope Downs’ rounds out perhaps the most eclectic list in the Australian Music Prize’s 14 year history.

As each year starts to tick by you think it’ll be easier than the last to settle on the nine. Then the excellent albums start to stack up and the judging panel is again faced with a Herculean task of collectively agreeing – and 2018 was no different,” said judge and journalist Kate Hennessy.

Even as people who listen constantly to Australian music, the judges are always surprised by new discoveries, which are by no means always new artists, either. This discovery is one of the prize’s most rewarding and important roles. We are all really proud of the breadth of Australian music evidenced by this year’s shortlist.”

The AMP Shortlist transcends genre, popularity and politics, with 21 judges – including artistsjournalists, retailers, programmers and more – selecting the best Australian albums of the year based solely on artistic merit. The AMP Shortlist proves the virility and importance of the album format as it continues to boldly wave the flag as an artistic counterpoint to on-demand single track consumption.

“Looking at the Shortlist as a judge, what’s thrilling isn’t just that there were more than 400 albums from which to choose and somehow we got it down to 9, but that the best of 2018 had such breadth as well as depth. Said Australian Music Prize judge Bernard Zuel. “From neo-classical intersecting with traditional indigenous and a record which captured the sounds of the world as heard through Australian ears to electronica with a hard edge, jazz and rock, there was so much to sink teeth into. How good is it that artists still see what an album can do?

With past winners including The DronesA.B. Original, Courtney Barnett, Sampa the Great, Lisa Mitchell and The Jezabels, the Australian Music Prize awards the year’s best album $30,000 courtesy of its principal partner PPCA and is respected along with global contemporaries including the UK’s Mercury Prize and Canada’s Polaris Prize.

Dan Rosen, Chief Executive PPCA said “On behalf of PPCA, I would like to congratulate the nine artists that have made it through to the shortlist of the 14th Australian Music Prize. All of them have produced remarkable albums. We look forward to presenting the winner with their $30,000 prize money in March.”

The judges will meet in Melbourne on March 7th to decide upon a winner of the 14th Annual Australian Music Prize.

The winner will be revealed at a special ceremony in Melbourne on the same day.

Australia’s biggest celebration of First Nations music, The National Indigenous Music Awards celebrated a massive year in Australian music tonight under the stars at Darwin’s iconic Amphitheatre with Gurrumul and Baker Boy walking away as the night’s big winners.

Gurrumul was honoured as Artist of the Year while his posthumous masterpiece ‘Djarimirri (Child of The Rainbow)’ picked up Album of the Year and its title track was crowned Song of the Year, completing the trifecta of the night’s key awards.

Flying the flag for the new guard, Darwin’s Baker Boy was the night’s other big winner, taking home Video of the Year for his mainstream crossover hit ‘Marryuna’ and Best New Talentpresented by SpotifyBaker Boy closed the night with massive guest appearance from Yirrimal (who earlier impressed along with his band previewing his upcoming single), bringing the crowd to their feet in a celebration of the future of Indigenous music.
The night also featured performances from triple j Unearthed winner Alice SkyeKasey Chambers and Alan PigramBusby Marou, Stiff Gins and a rousing show from Hall of Fame inductee Roger Knox. Following tonight’s ceremony, the Australian Music Vault in Melbourne will be creating a special display acknowledging Roger Knox as the Hall of Famerecipient that will include awards, artwork, rare photographs and performance footage, posters and precious mementoes from Roger’s own personal collection that reflect his journey as a musician and community advocate.
The late T. E. Lewis was also acknowledged with a heartfelt presentation from Skinnyfish Music’s Michael Hohnen, honouring his important contribution to the Australian music community.

The crowd were also on their feet for an amazing a performance by the Kenbi Dancers who shared the NT Traditional Music Award with Buku-waṯthunawuy Nininyᶇu RomTheCentral Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir proved to the crowd why they are being talked about around the country and were honoured with the night’s Special Achievement Award.

Community clip of the year was awarded to B-Town Warriors from Bourke, NSW.

2018 has seen one of the strongest years yet for Indigenous music with number 1 albums, national tours, TV (and Eurovision!) appearances, Hottest 100 placements and acts playing festivals across the country. The NIMAs was not only a great concert and celebration of success, but also carried forward the air of community between artists and the public with a real feeling that First Nations music is no longer a genre, it’s a creative force in the global music industry that will continue to grow in the year ahead through to 2019’s National Indigenous Awards.
THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS
WINNERS 2018
ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Gurrumul

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of The Rainbow)

SONG OF THE YEAR:
Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of The Rainbow)

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE:
Roger Knox

BEST NEW TALENT:
(Presented by Spotify)
Baker Boy

FILM CLIP OF THE YEAR:
Baker Boy – Marryuna

COMMUNITY CLIP OF THE YEAR:
B-Town Warriors – Thundercloud: Bourke

NT TRADITIONAL MUSIC AWARD:
(Two winners)
Buku-waṯthunawuy Nininyᶇu Rom –  Ancient Languages New Sounds
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Kenbi Dancers

The NIMAs and Music NT would like to congratulate all winners and finalists and pledge to continue to work throughout the year to further the profile and respect for First Nations music in all corners of the country.

LISTEN TO THE PERFORMERS AND FINALISTS NOW ON THE OFFICIAL NATIONALINDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS 2018 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST: