Gold Coast shines at Queensland Music Awards: Amy Shark + Romy victorious

Gold Coast shone tonight at the 2017 Queensland Music Awards, with Amy Shark’s ubiquitous single Adore winning in both the Pop and Regional categories as well as taking out Song of the Year and ROMY snatching the hotly contested Urban Song of the Year.

Amy Shark has been going from strength to strength since Adore took off, securing #2 on triple j’s Hottest 100, #3 on the ARIA chart, surpassing ten million streams on Spotify and being officially accredited with Platinum sales in Australia.

Now with latest single Weekends setting the scene for her upcoming Night Thinker EP (out 21 April) and a partnership with RCA records in the USA, Amy’s star is set to ascend even further. 2017 will be a big year for the humble Gold Coast songstress and will see her take her music across the globe, as well as through a national sold-out tour which has just commenced.

She is immensely grateful for the at-home support she receives.

“I think that it’s been the biggest support network that I’ve ever seen,” she said.

Amy couldn’t attend the ceremony last night as she had gig commitments in Melbourne, but she did record a video message for guests. She said this time last year, before winning Pop Song of the Year at the 2016 awards, she was playing shows to “like ten people.”

“Now I’m playing a sold-out national tour,” Amy said.

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ROMY was a first time nominee for the song awards. Her track Wild Heart was a finalist for video of the year and urban song of the year, winning in the Urban category. Described as “Australia’s trap-soul queen” by Complex Magazine, ROMY has steadily been gaining fans and momentum since she first hit Australia’s music scene.

Gold Coast was also represented by (now) LA-based rockers Evol Walks, who were a finalist berth for Heavy Rock Song of the Year for Tear It Down. Hanlon Brothers were finalists alongside ROMY for Urban Song of the Year, for their killer track Diamonds (complete with 42-bar rap) and Ella Fence was one of four finalists for the $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship – an initiative of the Queensland Government to support new local talent.

Produced by QMusic, the Queensland Music Awards is a state-wide search for the best songs by Queensland songwriters and musicians. Entries open in October every year.

Winners were announced at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm with performances by Cub Sport, Good Boy, ROMY, Tia Goestelow and George who performed a tribute to music writer and activist Ritchie York who passed away just seven weeks ago and last night was posthumously awarded the Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Veronicas, who heading Surfers Paradise LIVE next month, were honoured for highest selling single.

For a full list of all winners, head to queenslandmusicawards.com.au.

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Amy Shark hits elsewhere this Friday 31 March and will headline a free concert for the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards on the beach at Surfers Paradise on Thursday 27 April. Check our gig guide for details.

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