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2021 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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Taking place last 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.

Miiesha had an incredible night as the artist with the most overall wins, taking home 3x awards in the Indigenous, Soul / Funk / RnB, and Remote categories for ‘Twisting Words’ off her stunning acclaimed debut record ‘Nyaaringu’. More historic moments came when 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 4 years ago. Winning the Folk / Singer-Songwriter award for the second year in a row was Brisbane music and visual artist Jaguar Jonze with her conceptual masterpiece ‘MURDER’.

Taking out the top honours were Ball Park Music who won Album Of The Year with their critically-acclaimed self-titled album and Sycco who won both Song Of The Year and the Pop category award for her release ‘Dribble’. Both artists celebrated their wins with show-stopping and memorable performances under the majestic glittering chandeliers of the Fortitude Music Hall stage.

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.

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.

2021 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

* WINNER* Ball Park Music – Ball Park Music

SONG OF THE YEAR

* WINNER* Sycco – Dribble

BILLY THORPE SCHOLARSHIP

* WINNER* Beckah Amani

HIGHEST SELLING SINGLE

* WINNER* Amy Shark – Everybody Rise

HIGHEST SELLING ALBUM

* WINNER* Keith Urban – The Speed Of Now Part 1

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

* WINNER* Beckah Amani

EXPORT ACHIEVEMENT

* WINNER* Sheppard

INNOVATION AWARD

* WINNER* Troubadour Wagons

GRANT MCLENNAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

* WINNER* Lynette Irwin

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BLUES | ROOTS

* WINNER*  Karl S Williams – God Is A Bomb

CHILDRENS

* WINNER* Nyssa Ray – Love Everybody

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL

* WINNER* Ray Lin – Moonlight Illusion

COUNTRY

* WINNER* Melody Moko – Like Hank Would

ELECTRONIC | DANCE

* WINNER* Young Franco – Juice feat. Pell

HEAVY

* WINNER* These Four Walls – White Lies

HIP HOP | RAP

* WINNER* Jesswar – Venom

INDIGENOUS

* WINNER* Miiesha – Twisting Words

JAZZ

* WINNER* Danny Widdicombe with Kristin Berardi & Trichotomy – Falling

POP

* WINNER* Sycco – Dribble

ROCK

* WINNER* Hope D – Second

SCHOOLS (GRADE 6 – 12)

* WINNER* Amber Farnan – Over & Out

FOLK | SINGER SONGWRITER

* WINNER* Jaguar Jonze – MURDER

SOUL | FUNK | R’N’B

* WINNER* Miiesha – Twisting Words

WORLD

* WINNER* MZAZA – The Ether

REGIONAL

* WINNER* CLOE TERARE – Intentions feat. JDG

REMOTE

* WINNER* Miiesha – Twisting Words

VIDEO

* WINNER* Dylan Dulcos | Rico Zhang –  Lastlings, Out Of Touch

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PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – METRO VENUE OF THE YEAR

* WINNER* The Tivoli

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – REGIONAL VENUE OF THE YEAR

* WINNER* The Nightquarter

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

* WINNER* Woodford Folk Festival

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QMUSIC AND QMAs SELECT: ‘ONES TO WATCH AND LISTEN’

•Beckah Amani

•Billie Rose

•CLOE TERARE

•Colie

•MiCCY

•Jelly Oshen

•Order Sixty6

•Peach Fur

•Selve

•Tbi$h

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