Talented Gold Coasters took home a whole stack of wins at the recent Queensland Music Awards.
Taking place on Wednesday night in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, the 2021 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs) was a long-awaited coming together for the music community to make history.
Hosted by Aimon Clark and Patience Hodgson, with a sold out crowd of over 700+ guests and a total of 30 award categories, Queensland’s night of nights was a well-deserved celebration of the artistic and commercial success of the state’s best emerging and established artists and their teams over the last 12 months.
In a history making turn, Jesswar’s explosive war-cry track ‘Venom’ took home the Hip Hop / Rap crown, marking her as the first female artist to win this category since its introduction four years ago.
Check out this epic track and video below:
Leaving the stage with an impressive 2x awards, Gold Coast soul-folk-pop newcomer Beckah Amani took home the Emerging Artist Award and also the coveted 2021 Billy Thorpe Scholarship for her formidable rich vocal tones and minimalist instrumentalisation delivering personal, meaningful, and political lyrics. Selected by a panel of judges and Lynn Thorpe herself, the Scholarship has supported emerging musicians for the past 13 years, and grants the winner $10,000 to record their next release along with career planning advice from Chugg Entertainment.
Homegrown soulman Karl S Williams, nominated for three categories, took out the the Blues and Roots category for ‘God Is A Bomb’, while rocking local four piece These Four Walls won the Heavy category up against some tough competition.
Danny Widdicombe with Kristin Berardi & Trichotomy – Falling won their Jazz category and put on a beautiful performance for the crowds, and Nyssa Ray‘s ‘Love Everybody’ snapped up the Children’s category. The creators of Lastling’s clip for ‘Out of Touch’ – Dylan Dulcos and Rico Zhang – took home the Video award, too.
The incredible commercial and international success of Queensland music was also on show during the night with Amy Shark winning the Highest Selling Single award for the second year in a row, this time for single ‘Everybody Rise’.
The brand new QMA’s initiative ‘The Ones To Watch and Listen’, highlights Queensland’s most promising emerging artists as selected by the QMusic CEO and Programming team from the 2021 finalists and highly commended artists. The artists selected for the debut year of this initiative included three Gold Coast acts: Beckah Amani, Peach Fur, and Selve.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch congratulated the 2021 Queensland Music Award winners on their resilient and resounding success over the past year. “Congratulations to Beckah Amani, the 2021 Billy Thorpe Scholarship winner, who impressed the judges with her incredible voice and mature songwriting,” Minister Enoch said.
“The judging panel were impressed with her incredible story and believe that this funding will help Beckah continue her work over the next 12 months.”
“The Palaszczuk Government supports live music in Queensland, including with annual funding to QMusic, and the Billy Thorpe Scholarship. Our Government acknowledges the significant impact of COVID-19 on the broader live music industry, which is why we continue to support the sector with a $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery Package. This has included funding for artists, live music programming and live music venues.
The arts are key to delivering our plan for economic recovery, each year contributing $8.5 billion into the state’s economy and supporting more than 92,000 jobs for Queenslanders,” Minister Enoch said.
Congrats to all! Click here for the full list of winners, and just for fun, check out the dulcet tones of Beckah Amani below:
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