Queensland Music Awards winners revealed
QUEENSLAND'S next generation of music stars were celebrated alongside big-name music legends at the state's annual music awards celebration.
The Queensland Music Awards, held for the first time at The Fortitude Music Hall, brought the best of the state's music scene together in one room, changing the lives of up-and-coming musicians.
Thelma Plum, who was unable to attend the QMAs due to a conflict in schedule, took out the top gong for Album of the Year with her critically-acclaimed debut album Better In Blak, which tells the story of a Gamilaraay woman's culture turning trauma into triumph.
In a video message from London, where she is recording her new record, Plum said the award meant a lot to her.
"I'm very proud about being from Queensland," she said.
Brisbane band The Jungle Giants won Song of the Year and the Pop category for their latest hit Heavy Hearted, which came in at number eight for Triple J's Hottest 100 this year.
The Queensland Government's 2020 Billy Thorpe Scholarship, which kicked off the careers of artists including Sam Hales from The Jungle Giants, was awarded to Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Harry Phillips, who will receive the $10,000 grant to record his next release along with career planning advice from Chugg Entertainment.
Winners were last night celebrated by renowned stars in the music industry including Bernard Fanning from Powderfinger and members of rock band Violent Soho.
Fanning was among the artists who presented an award while the ceremony was hosted by Dominic Miller, Jeremy Neale, The Grates singer Patience Hodgson and comedian Mel Buttle.
Queensland's music golden girl Amy Shark surprised the crowd with an appearance to present the QMusic Honorary Award to Sony Music Executive Denis Handlin in recognition for his 50-year tenure.
Shark, who jetted in to Brisbane for the award show, also received an award for Highest Selling Single for her hit Mess Her Up.
She said she had "pissed off a lot of people in LA" by changing her flights to attend the QMAs to present Handlin with his award.
"Denis has changed my life and I've been pretty vocal about that. He continues to change my life daily," she said on stage.
"We've really covered some ground in 3.5 years. He's very rare. I've met people you think are all in and they're not. As an artist having someone like Denis in your corner is an absolute weapon."
"He'll call me on Christmas Eve to talk about a song that's not coming out for months ... to tell me he's really excited about it. That means so much to artists."
"It (the music industry) is not always great and you need someone to challenge you. And Denis challenges me.
In a show of support Queensland's music industry, Handlin revealed last night the opening of the first Sony office in Brisbane, in Fortitude Valley, in April.
"I am extremely proud of the team we have in Brisbane at Sony Music. They are doing an outstanding job. We love breaking Australian talent and putting them on a world stage," Handlin said.
"We have fine Queenslanders on our roster like Amy Shark, Conrad Sewell, The Veronicas, Pete Murray and a tremendous new artist called Marco who is the real deal.
"As a commitment to the local industry, I am thrilled to let you know that we will be opening exciting new premises in Brisbane next month. It will be in the Valley just around the corner and it will be great to be here in this creative precinct.
"The offices will be very artist friendly and include a studio and writer's room."
An icon of Brisbane's punk scene and lead singer for Blowhard, Brentyn 'Rollo' Rollason was posthumously honoured with the Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rollason died in April last year after suffering a heart attack before going on stage.
Hope D, from Brisbane, said she was "stunned as a mullet" to win the inaugural QMusic Emerging Artist of the Year Award.
The award means the Swim singer will have a one on one songwriting session with Queensland music legend, Powderfinger star Bernard Fanning.
Accepting the award, Hope D said she was not expecting the honour.
"I had no idea this was a thing, thank you it's an absolute honour to be recognised," she said.
" I'm stunned as a mullet right now. My heart is beating - my Fitbit says 91 beats a minute."
The Kite String Tangle took home two awards while other winners included Jaguar Jonze, Busby Marou, Oh Harlow and DZ Deathrays.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Album Of The Year - Presented by APRA AMCOS
'Better In Blak'
Billy Thorpe Scholarship - Presented by Queensland Government through Arts Queensland
QMusic Honorary Award
Blues / Roots - Presented by Byron Bay Bluesfest
Thomas Marou, Jeremy Busby
Country - Presented by CMC Rocks
'Give It A Miss'
Tiana Dennis, Briannah Dennis, Nolan Wynne
Electronic / Dance - Presented by The Big Pineapple Music Festival
THE KITE STRING TANGLE
'P () L4R'
Daniel Harley, Bridgette Amofah
QMusic Emerging Artist Of The Year- Presented by Noisegate
Export Achievement Award - Presented by Lyrical Road
Grant McLennan Life Achievement Award - Presented by QMusic
BRENTYN 'ROLLO' ROLLASON
Heavy - Presented by The Tshirt Mill
'Still No Change'
Shane Parsons, Simon Ridley, Lachlan Ewbank
Hip-Hop / Rap - Presented by The Sound Garden
Graham Herrington, James Angus, Matthew Khabbaz
Highest Selling Single
'Mess Her Up'
Highest Selling Album
Indigenous - Presented by TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel
'Arrived ft. Marcus Corowa'
Jazz - Presented by Running Boards
Pop - Presented by Hit Network
THE JUNGLE GIANTS
Rock - Presented by The Triffid
ELIZA & THE DELUSIONALS
Eliza Klatt, Kurt Skuse, Ashley Martin
Schools (Grade 6 - 12) - Presented by JMC Academy
Hannah Schloman, Marco Ghikas
Singer Songwriter / Folk - Presented by Savannah In The Round
Deena Lynch, Tim Tan
Song Of The Year - Presented by Green Beacon Brewing Co
THE JUNGLE GIANTS
Soul / Funk / RNB - Presented by Katarzyna
Kerry Raywood, Isobel De Leon, Megan Christensen, Elizabeth Scott
World - Presented by Howard Smith Wharves
MATT HSU'S ORCHESTRA
Matthew Hsu, Ashleigh Finlay
Regional - Presented by Azentro
'Bring It All Back'
Remote - Presented by Telstra
Miiesha Young, Stephen Collins, Mohamad Komba
Video - Presented by Nightlife Music
THE KITE STRING TANGLE
'P () L4R'
Caitlin Johnson, Lucs Thyer, LIam Connor & Brian Lowe
People's Choice Awards - Presented by Oztix and The Music
Metro Venue Of The Year
Regional Venue Of The Year
Festival Of The Year
BIG PINEAPPLE MUSIC FESTIVAL