Queensland Music Awards has just announced its first round of 2021 finalists and People’s Choice Awards’ nominees, with a raft of Gold Coast talent set to battle it out for the top awards.
The annual Queensland Music Awards (QMAs) today announces the 2021 finalists and the nominees for the publicly voted People’s Choice Awards with winners to be presented under the decadent chandeliers of the Fortitude Music Hall on Wednesday 5 May in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
The impressive and extensive list of finalists includes emerging and established artists from all over the state, and several from the Gold Coast.
Finalists include ELEEA in the Indigenous Award category (‘Wasting Time’), DVNA in the Soul/Funk/R’n’B category (‘Sushi in Tokyo), brother-sister duo Lastlings in the Electronic / Dance category (‘No Time’), and both Karl S Williams and Mardi Wilson getting a finalist nod in Blues / Roots for ‘God Is A Bomb’ and ‘Runaway’, respectively.
The Blues / Roots category also saw Hussy Hicks and Peach Fur garner Highly Commended acknowledgments, making it a pretty Gold Coast-heavy category.
Karl S Williams is our most diverse finalist, getting a look in to three categories overall, including a nod in Country for his release ‘Columbus Ohio’, and a spot in the Folk / Singer Songwriter category for ‘Never Let Me Go’. Mardi Wilson also scored a Highly Commended in the latter.
The hotly contested Hip Hop / Rap category sees two Gold Coast artists going head to head with Jesswar in the mix for her hard-hitting ‘Venom’ and Lemaire’s ‘Where’s Up? (feat. Jay Orient & JK-47)’ making the cut, too.
After a record number of submissions, the Video category sees Lastlings ‘Out Of Touch’ directed by Dylan Dulcos and Rico Zhang up against an impressive field in their second finalist spot, while gutsy singer-songwriter Amy Elise has to be a tough one to beat in the Schools category with her banger ‘Teenagism’.
Superstars Tijuana Cartel have stepped outside of the box as finalists in the World category for their instrumental hit ‘Sufi’.
Our own multi-talented Danny Widdicombe is up for awards in two categories: with Kristin Berardi & Trichotomy in Jazz (‘Falling’) and with Ant Aggs in the Contemporary Classical category for ‘Alpha Centauri’.
Also announced today are the finalists for the annual Billy Thorpe Scholarship, which will be awarded to one of the four finalists Beckah Amani, King Stingray, Phoebe Sinclair, or Selve. With Beckah Amani and Selve both hailing from the Gold Coast, we’re in with a 50/50 shot at bringing this one home.
Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and presented by QMusic, The Billy Thorpe Scholarship was established in 2010 in honour of the late Billy Thorpe, and awards the annual winner $10k as well as the opportunity to record with an established producer and receive career-planning from Chugg Entertainment.
The Queensland Music Awards are yet again placing the power in the hands of the public to decide on Queensland’s favourite festival and live music venues, welcoming back the People’s Choice Awards presented by The Music and Oztix – but with a twist… This year, Queensland’s best venues and festivals will be decided by 60% public vote, and 40% from an expert industry panel.
Popular Gold Coast venues Mo’s Desert Clubhouse and Vinnie’s Dive are both up for People’s Choice Awards in the Metro Venue of the Year category (nooo, don’t make us choose!) while our beloved BLEACH* Festival heads a strong pack of Festival of the Year finalists. Be sure to get your vote in, Gold Coast! >> CLICK HERE TO VOTE <<
With so many outstanding artists up for awards, the 2021 QMAs promises to be a massive night of celebrating the talent, resilience, and relentless passion of Queensland’s musicians and their teams.
Tickets are on sale now for the 5 May event at The Fortitude Valley Music Hall, with a range of Awards experiences available: from banquet tables and VIP Boxes to bird’s eye views from the Mezzanine. Tickets start from $55 (+bf) for QMusic members. For more information go to queenslandmusicawards.com.au. Click here for a full list of categories and finalists.
The 2021 Queensland Music Awards is produced by QMusic. QMusic is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.