The inaugural Age Music Victoria Awards public nominations and genre winners event was held last night with The Drones leading the charge with three nominations for the public awards.
Other nominees included Paul Kelly, Adalita, Dick Diver, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes who each received two nominations. The Drones are up for three awards including best album, best band and best live act.
Two new regional awards will be added to this year’s event with nominations announced for Best Regional Venue and Best Regional Act. In addition to these new awards, there are two special awards this year that include a $5000 prize from APRA for the Best Song award and the Best emerging Artist award winner will be flown to the BigSound Conference in Brisbane.
The Genre Awards and Nominations event saw blues-man Chris Russell and rock-goddess Adalita delivering commanding performances in The Age foyer. Winners on the night include Kylie Auldist of the Bamboos for Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B and Gospel Album, Archie Roach for Best Folk Roots Album and Three Kings for Best Blues Album for their self-titled album.
The inaugural Age Music Victoria Awards (ex-EG Awards) show will be held on Wednesday November 20 at Billboard the Venue.
Featuring a performance by album of the year nominees, Big Scary, the event will also showcase Australian soul music with the EG All-stars performing classic Australian soul tracks with the best soul singers we have to offer, including Dan Sultan, Daniel Merriweather, Kylie Auldist, Archie Roach and Nkechi Anele.
The Age Music Victoria Awards have become the biggest publicly voted awards in Australia with an average of 80,000 votes while it was still called the EG Awards.
Music Victoria CEO, Patrick Donovan, said
“Music Victoria is thrilled to be in partnership with The Age to transform the Age EG Awards into The Age Music Victoria Awards in 2013. The only difference this year is that we are just celebrating Victorian music now – of all genres. It is still the people’s awards – fans can vote for their favourite music of the year, and buy a ticket to the Billboard show to rub shoulders with their heroes, see them perform and cheer for them as they take home a trophy.”
Tickets for the awards event are on sale now through Oztix for $50+bf. $5 from every ticket sold will go to charity Support Act that aims to take care of musicians who become ill or fall on hard times.
Anyone can vote in the awards, so have your say at theage.com.au/agemusicvictoriaawards (nominations below)
Genre Award Winners
Best Blues Album – presented by Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society – Three Kings for ‘Three Kings’
Best Country Album – presented by Addicted To Noise – Dan Waters for ‘La Vita E’Bella’
Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B and Gospel Album – presented by PBS – Kylie Auldist for ‘Still Life’
Best Jazz Album – presented by Dixons Creek Estate – Allan Browne Trio for ‘Lost In The Stars’
Best Hip Hop Album – presented by Capi Sparkling – Fraksha for ‘My Way’
Best Electronic Act – presented by Select AV – Nick Thayer
Best Heavy Album – presented by Wifire Music – King Parrot for ‘Bite Your Head Off’
Best Indigenous Act – presented by Songlines – Crystal Mercy
Best Global or Reggae Act – presented by Australasian Worldwide Music Expo – Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Best Experimental/Avant-Garde Act – presented by GI & Sanicki Lawyers – Judith Hamann
Best Folk Roots Album – presented by White Sky – Archie Roach for ‘Into The Bloodstream’
The Age Music Victoria Awards 2013 nominees are:
Best Album – presented by The Age EG
All Day Venus – Adalita
Calendar Days – Dick Diver
I See Seaweed – The Drones
Not Art – Big Scary
Spring and Fall – Paul Kelly
Best Band – presented by City of Melbourne
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Best Song – presented by APRA
Nono/Yoyo – Standish/Carlyon
Head On/ Pill – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
History Eraser – Courtney Barnett
I’m In Love – Cash Savage And The Last Drinks
Riptide – Vance Joy
Best Male Artist
Best Female Artist – presented by TheMusic
Evelyn Morris (Pikelet)
Best Emerging Artist – presented by Travel Beyond / Bigsound
Fraser A. Gorman
Best Live Band – presented by RockWiz
Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes
Money For Rope
Best Venue – presented by Mountain Goat
The Caravan Club
The Corner Hotel
The Old Bar
The Toff In Town
Best Festival – presented by Crumpler
All Tomorrow’s Parties / I’ll Be Your Mirror
Meredith Music Festival
Best Regional Act
Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Yacht Club DJs
Best Regional Venue
Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Meeniyan Town Hall, South Gippsland
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
The Barwon Club, Geelong
The Bridge, Castlemaine
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