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Qld Music Awards reveal finalists after record rush of entries

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Following a record number of submissions, the Queensland Music Awards have today announced their nominees including Jungle Giants, Ball Park Music, Mallrat and Beddy Rays.

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Winners will be declared on May 5 at Fortitude Valley’s Fortitude Music Hall. Celebrating the cultural achievements and diversity of Queensland’s music industry, the awards also present the People’s Choice Award for best venue and festival, and the Billy Thorpe scholarship prize.

Nominees for the pop category include Eves Karydas, The Jungle Giants, Mallrat, and Sycco; while Ball Park Music, Beddy Rays, Hope D, and Jaguar Jonze will contend for the Rock category, and Confidence Man, Lastlings, Pink Matter, and Young Franco are the best of Electronic/Dance.

In the Hip Hop/Rap category, Jesswar, No Money Enterprise, LEMAIRE, and Tbi$h are nominated while the Regional finalists are CLOE TERARE, Fragile Animals, Greta Stanley, and Tia Gostelow.

AYA J, Beddy Rays, ELEEA and Miiesha will battle it out for the Indigenous Award, and DVNA, FELIVAND, MiCCY, and Miiesha are nominated for the Soul/Funk/R’n’B category.

Nominees for best Video, Children’s Music category, Blues/Roots, Country, Jazz, Heavy, Contemporary Classical, and Folk/Singer Songwriter have also been announced, representing the quality of Queensland music across the board.

Redland Bay band Beddy Rays are up for the Indigenous category. (Image: Supplied)

QMusic CEO Angela Samut said “The Queensland Music Awards have become an important date in the calendar for our music community and despite the hardship of the last twelve months, our artists have proven that they are among the best in the world.

“We had a vast number of exceptional submissions in every category, more than any previous year. Our judges certainly haven’t had an easy job narrowing it down, but we are thrilled to present such a remarkable group of talented finalists

“The creativity emanating from our state is both exciting and inspiring and I’m proud that the QMAs can be the place for Queensland to celebrate our musicians’ success.”

The nominees for the Billy Thorpe scholarship have also been announced with Beckah Amani, King Stingray, Phoebe Sinclair and Selve in contention for the $10,000 prize.

The Billy Thorpe Scholarship was established in 2010 in honour of the late Billy Thorpe, and as well as the cash prize offers the opportunity to record with an established producer and receive career-planning from Chugg Entertainment.

Thorpe’s widow Lynne Thorpe said: “My daughters and I are so happy and proud that The Billy Thorpe Scholarship and QMusic have had the privilege to support the emerging young talent of Queensland for the past 13 years. There was a record amount of applications this year, and the quality of our four finalists was just amazing. It took a very long Zoom meeting with the judges to narrow down the finalists,”  Thorpe said. 

The 2021 People’s Choice Awards, presented by The Music and Oztix, will allow the public to decide on Queensland’s best venues and festival, with 60 per cent of the vote decided on by the public and the remaining 40 by industry experts.

The Queensland Music Awards will be held on 5 May at the Fortitude Music Hall, with a range of special guests and performances to celebrate the best music Queensland has to offer.

For the full list of nominees and information on the awards, visit the Queensland Music Awards website. 

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