A music-loving public joined forces with the Queensland music industry on Monday night to celebrate the state’s finest songwriters, festivals and venues at the 2018 Queensland Music Awards, and the Gold Coast shone, with four of our artists taking out their categories.
The sold-out event was an incredible showcase of the contribution that music makes to Queensland’s cultural life, and the exceptional caliber of musicianship that the state has to offer to a worldwide audience. Celebrated Brisbane singer-songwriter Jeremy Neale was awarded the coveted Song of The Year prize for his party starter ‘Dancin’ & Romancin’.
Gold Coast idol Amy Shark was awarded her first ever Export Achievement award after a stellar international response to her breakthrough song ‘Adore’, which was also the Highest Selling single by a Queenslander in 2017. Proving Amy’s exceptional songwriting merit, ‘Weekends’ also garnered the acclaimed songwriter the Pop award, Regional & Singer-Songwriter awards on the night.
Topping off a highly successful 12 months, The Jungle Giants took home Album of The Year for ‘Quiet Ferocity’. The acclaimed LP produced multiple hit singles for the Brisbane four-piece who toured the album internationally and played sold out festivals and headline tours off the back of its release.
Emily Wurramurra won the Indigenous Category for People’s Choice Song of the Year with ‘Ngarrukwujenama’. Our soulful songman Karl S Williams took the People’s Choice Song of the Year in the Blues and Roots category for ‘Blood To Give’, with Eleea (pictured) winning the Soul, Funk ‘n RNB category for ‘Without You.’
QMusic CEO Joel Edmondson announced that in 2018, QMusic will stage a Queensland Music Awards finalist showcase during BIGSOUND Festival, courtesy of the support of McCormick’s Law. This will be a whole new opportunity for Queensland artists to take their music to the world.
Fans, industry and media were also treated to performances by The Kite Sting Tangle, WAAX, Brad Butcher, May Lyn, Greta Stanley, Carmouflage Rose and Jeremy Neale.
The full list of winners are available on the Queensland Music Awards website.