Winners Announced: 2020 Queensland Music Awards
QMusic celebrated the past twelve months of success for Queensland music on Tuesday 3 March, at the newest concert venue to set foot in Brisbane, The Fortitude Music Hall.
For the fifteenth year of the QMA’s, the doors opened at 6pm, allowing patrons, guests and musicians to walk the red carpet and grab a glass of bubbles before the exciting part of the evening started at 7pm. The night consisted of many speeches, but to kick the evening off, Busby Marou took over the stage with their song ‘Naba Noram (the Reef Song)’.
The QMA’s covers eleven genres of music for their awards, which includes heavy, blues/roots, electronic/dance, world, hip hop/rap, singer songwriter/folk, rock, soul/funk/R’n’B, jazz, country and pop. These are all self-nominating categories as well.
The award winners for these genres were:
- Heavy Award – DZ Deathrays for ‘Still No Change”
- Blues/Roots Award – Busby Marou for ‘Naba Noram (The Reef Song)’
- Electronic/Dance Award – The Kite String Tangle for ‘P()L4R’
- World Music Award – Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra for ‘Make Everything’
- Hip Hop/Rap Award – Carmouflage Rose for ‘Sele’
- Singer Songwriter/Folk Award – Jaguar Jonze for ‘Beijing Baby’
- Rock Award – Eliza & the Delusionals for ‘Just Exist’
- Soul/Funk/RNB Award – Pink Matter for ‘Soul Fruit’
- Jazz Award – Sean Foran for ‘Monkey’
- Country Award – Oh Harlow for ‘Give it a miss’
- Pop Award – The Jungle Giants for ‘Heavy Hearted’
Other self-nominating categories included schools and video. However, musicians that enter for all of the above categories including the genres are automatically considered for the Indigenous, regional & remote awards, as well as the big awards such as emerging artist of the year, song of the year and album of the year.
The award winners were:
- QMusic Emerging Artist Award – Hope D
- Album of the Year Award – Thelma Plum for Better in Blak
- Song of the Year Award – The Jungle Giants for ‘Heavy Hearted’
- Schools Award – HANNI for ‘Wired’
- Video Award – The Kite String Tangle for ‘P()L4R’
- Remote Award – Miiesha for ‘Drowning’
- Regional Award – Leanne Tennant for ‘Bring It All Back’
- Indigenous Award – Mau Power for ‘Arrived ft. Marcus Corowa‘
Order Sixty6, a hip hop/rap group from Brisbane were second to take the stage, performing their song ‘Suburbia’. The group were also finalists for the Hip Hop/Rap Award. Next up was Nat Dunn, a music industry professional who is originally from Queensland, but now lives in LA writing not only her own music, but for other musicians such as Charlie XCX & Marshmello. Nat performed her latest song ‘Nowhere to Go’, beautifully.
Being one of the well-known names on the QMA’s lineup, guests thought that Brisbane band Cub Sport were to perform last, but they were the fourth out of five musicians to perform throughout the evening. Using only a small amount of the stage, two out of four of Cub Sport took over the room with one of their latest releases, ‘I Never Cried So Much in My Whole Life’. To end the night, and to start the after party, Jaguar Jonze hit the stage with a bang. Performing her alt-rock hit ‘Kill Me with Your Love’, she had audience members engaged from the start. After all, she was named an Artist to Watch during BIGSOUND 2019.
All the other awards that were presented are not self-nominated, and include people’s choice awards, a scholarship and many more.
The award winners were:
- Export Achievement Award – Nat Dunn
- People’s Choice Regional Venue of the Year Award – Solbar
- People’s Choice Metro Venue of the Year Award – The Triffid
- People’s Choice Festival of the Year Award – The Big Pineapple Music Festival
- Billy Thorp Scholarship – Harry Phillips
- Grant McLennen Lifetime Achievement Award – Brentyn ‘Rollo” Rollason
- Highest Selling Album Award – Conrad Sewell for LIFE
- Highest Selling Single Award – Amy Shark for ‘Mess Her Up’
- QMusic Honorary Award – Denis Handlin for 50 years of service in the music industry
You can access the full list of winners on the QMA’s website here.