Thelma Plum wins Album Of The Year with ‘Better In Blak’, and The Jungle Giants win Song Of The Year with ‘Heavy Hearted’
The 2020 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs) took place tonight at The Fortitude Music Hall celebrating the artistic and commercial success of Queensland music over the last 12 months, featuring performances from some of the best the state has to offer including Jaguar Jonze, Cub Sport, Nat Dunn, Busby Marou and Order Sixty6.
Leading the winners at this year’s QMAs is Thelma Plum winning Album Of The Year with her critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Better In Blak’, an album telling the story of a Gamilaraay woman’s culture, heritage, love and pain, offering incredible strength, courage and heartbreaking tenderness.
The Jungle Giants took out Song Of The Year and the Pop category for their latest release Heavy Hearted, their first release following their third album ‘Quiet Ferocity’.
“2019 was a stellar year for Queensland music and tonight we got to celebrate some of our finest homegrown talent who are at the forefront of Queensland artists making big waves on the national and global music front,” said QMusic CEO Angela Samut.
The Queensland Government’s 2020 Billy Thorpe Scholarship was awarded to Harry Phillips, who will receive $10,000 to record his next release along with career planning advice from Chugg Entertainment. Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Scholarship is now in its 12th year and has supported emerging musicians including Song Of The Year winner Sam Hales (The Jungle Giants) and Jeremy Neale in their developing years.
Harry is a singer-songwriter from Brisbane who has written with some of the most established names in the Australian music scene, as well as several high-profile international songwriters. Harry is such an important artist in that his music carries a social message. The support Harry will receive from the Billy Thorpe Scholarship will allow Harry to grow his career and continue telling his stories through song.
The QMusic Honorary Award was presented to Sony Music Executive Denis Handlin in recognition of his 50-year tenure at Sony Music Entertainment where he has developed and supported local artists, driven charitable contributions and successfully overseen the Asia Pacific region over the last 10 years.
Icon of the Brisbane punk scene and lead singer of Blowhard, Brentyn ‘Rollo’ Rollason was posthumously honoured with the Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award after decades of leading the way and inspiring others in the music industry with his work on stage and through Splurt Records.
The Kite String Tangle won two awards, the producer and songwriter’s latest P()L4R took out the Electronic / Dance and Video categories. The Video Award presented to the production team responsible for the music video with producer Caitlin Johnston, director Lucus Thyer, production Liam Connor and director of photography Brian Lowe.
The incredible commercial success of Queensland music was on show through the night with Amy Shark winning the Highest Selling Single award for Mess Her Up, Conrad Sewell winning the Highest Selling Album award for ‘Life’ and Nat Dunn winning the Export Achievement award. All three artists were at the awards celebrating Queensland music.
Central Queensland was heavily represented at the QMAs with Rockhampton locals Busby Marou rising to the top in the Blues / Roots category with their Torres Strait Meriam Mer language titled single Naba Norem and Woorabinda rising-star Miiesha winning the Remote category for her sophomore release Drowning.
Jaguar Jonze picked up the Singer Songwriter / Folk award fresh off her shoulder-dislocating performance on Eurovision Australia Decides, she also finished the night with a show-stopping performance of her single Kill Me With Your Love.
Pop-rock up-and-comer Hope D was awarded the inaugural QMusic Emerging Artist Of The Year award after years of frantically playing Brisbane stages, her debut single Swim launched her to the top of music consciousness in May last year.
Noosa sisters Oh Harlow won the Country award for their single Give It A Miss.
Gold Coast four-piece Eliza & The Delusionals took out the Rock category with their song Just Exist and fellow rockers DZ Deathrays took home the Heavy category with their hit Still No Change.
Brisbane’s expert on late nights, Carmoflague Rose, was awarded the Hip-Hop / Rap award for his single Sele.
Thursday Island hip-hop artist Mau Power won the Indigenous award with his moving single Arrived ft. Marcus Corowa and fellow Far North Queenslander, Leanne Tennant took home the Regional award for Bring It All Back.
17 year old alt-pop artist HANNI received the Schools award for her debut release Wired, and neo-soul group Pink Matter took out the Soul / Funk / R’n’B category with their tune Soul Fruit.
Pianist, Sean Foran took out the Jazz category for his release Monkey, and Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra won the World Music category with Make Everything.
Queensland’s Sunshine Coast was on full show in the People’s Choice Award categories this year with the Big Pineapple Music Festival crowned as the Festival Of The Year for the third year in a row and Solbar taking the title of Regional Venue Of The Year. The Triffid was awarded Metro Venue Of The Year for the second year in a row.
QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS 2020 WINNERS
Album Of The Year
Presented by APRA AMCOS
Thelma Plum – ‘Better In Blak’
Billy Thorpe Scholarship
Presented by Queensland Government Through Arts Queensland
Blues / Roots
Presented by Byron Bay Bluesfest
Busby Marou – Naba Norem
Thomas Busby + Jeremy Marou
Presented by CMC Rocks
Oh Harlow – 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
Presented by The T-Shirt Mill
DZ Deathrays – Still No Change
Shane Parsons, Simon Ridley, Lachlan Ewbank
Hip-Hop / Rap
Presented by The Sound Garden
Carmouflage Rose – Sele
Graham Herrington, James Angus, Matthew Khabbaz
Highest Selling Single
Amy Shark – Mess Her Up
Highest Selling Album
Conrad Sewell – Life
Presented by TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel
Mau Power – Arrived [Feat. Marcus Corowa]
Presented by Running Boards
Sean Foran – Monkey
Presented by HIT Network
The Jungle Giants – Heavy Hearted
Presented by The Triffid
Eliza & The Delusionals – Just Exist
Eliza Klatt, Kurt Skuse, Ashley Martin
Schools (Grade 6-12)
Presented by JMC Academy
Hanni – Wired
Hannah Schloman, Marco Ghikas
Singer Songwriter / Folk
Presented by Savannah In The Round
Jaguar Jonze – Beijing Baby
Deena Lynch, Tim Tan
Song Of The Year
Presented by Green Beacon Brewing Co.
The Jungle Giants – Heavy Hearted
Soul / Funk / RnB
Presented by Katarzyna
Pink Matter – Soul Fruit
Kerry Raywood, Isobel De Leon, Megan Christensen, Elizabeth Scott
Presented by Howard Smith Wharves
Matt Hsu’s Orchestra – Make Everything
Matthew Hsu, Ashleigh Finlay
Presented by Azentro
Leanne Tennant – Bring It All Back
Presented by Telstra
Miiesha – Drowning
Miiesha Young, Stephen Collins, Mohamad Komba
Presented by Nightlife
The Kite String Tangle – P()L4R
Caitlin Johnson, Lucs Thyer, LIam Connor & Brian Lowe
People’s Choice Awards
Presented Oztix & The Music
Metro Venue Of The Year
Regional Venue Of The Year
Festival Of The Year
The Big Pineapple Music Festival
With thanks to SGC Media