The 2020 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs) took place last night at The Fortitude Music Hall, and Gold Coast was well represented, with three of our acts honoured on the big stage.
Featuring performances from some of the best the state has to offer including Jaguar Jonze, Cub Sport, Nat Dunn, Busby Marou and Order Sixty6, the Queensland Music awards offered up an exceptional array of talent and some close competition in what proved to be one of the toughest judging years yet.
Gold Coast had the Rock Category well and truly wrapped up, with Eliza and the Delusionals beating out the field with their cracker of a track ‘Just Exist’, while Rockhampton-Gold Coast duo Busby Marou rose to the top in the Blues / Roots category with their Torres Strait Meriam Mer language titled single ‘Naba Norem’. Amy Shark made up the Gold Coast trifecta with the Highest Selling Single award for ‘Mess Her Up’.
The spread of genres, artists and categories represented by Gold Coast not just in the wins but also across the finalists this year drives home the sheer diversity of talent on our shores.
As for the rest of the major awards, Album Of The Year was taken out by Thelma Plum, for her critically-acclaimed debut ‘Better In Blak’, an album telling the story of a Gamilaraay woman’s culture, heritage, love and pain, offering incredible strength, courage and heartbreaking tenderness. Song Of The Year and the Pop Category belonged to The Jungle Giants for their latest release ‘Heavy Hearted’, their first release following their third album ‘Quiet Ferocity’.
The Kite String Tangle won two awards, the producer and songwriter’s latest ‘P()L4R’ took out the Electronic / Dance and Video categories. The Video Award presented to the production team responsible for the music video with producer Caitlin Johnston, director Lucus Thyer, production Liam Connor and director of photography Brian Lowe.
Conrad Sewell took out the Highest Selling Album award for ‘Life’ and Nat Dunn won the Export Achievement award, while rising-star Miiesha won the Remote category for her sophomore release ‘Drowning’.
Jaguar Jonze picked up the Singer Songwriter / Folk award fresh off her shoulder-dislocating performance on Eurovision Australia Decides, she also finished the night with a show-stopping performance of her single ‘Kill Me With Your Love’.
Pop-rock up-and-comer Hope D was awarded the inaugural QMusic Emerging Artist Of The Year award after years of frantically playing Brisbane stages, her debut single Swim launched her to the top of music consciousness in May last year, Noosa sisters Oh Harlow won the Country award for their single ‘Give It A Miss’, and rockers DZ Deathrays took home the Heavy category with their hit ‘Still No Change’.
A huge congratulations to all winners and finalists. The full list of winners is featured on the QMAs website. Keep an eye out for our full wrap up and gallery in the coming days.
HEADER IMAGE: Eliza and the Delusionals performing at Celebrate GC (c) Simone Gorman-Clark
Gallery (c) NJA Photography