A.B. Original and Flume emerge as frontrunner nominees of the 2017 AIR Awards

The 2017 AIR Awards have been announced this morning, as the countdown to one of the key events on the Australian music calendar officially kicks off. For the first time, the awards themselves move from Melbourne to Adelaide, taking place at the historic Queen’s Theatre on July 27th.

The nominees are wide ranging this year, with some newcomers and past AIR Award nominees making their way to the list. Emerging with five nominations apiece are A.B. ORIGINAL and Flume – obviously two very different styles of music represented, but being celebrated across major categories throughout. For the full list of nominees, see below!

2017 AIR AWARDS – NOMINEES

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST

D.D Dumbo
Flume
A.B. ORIGINAL
Alex Lahey
Ali Barter

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OR EP

NGAIIRE – Blastoma
A.B. ORIGINAL – Reclaim Australia
Alex Lahey – B Grade University
D.D Dumbo – Utopia Defeated 
Big Scary – Animal

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE

Flume ft. Kai – “Never Be Like You”
D.D Dumbo – “Satan”
A.B. ORIGINAL ft. Dan Sultan – “January 26”
Big Scary – “The Opposite of Us”
Alex Lahey – “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me”

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM

REMI – Divas and Demons 
A.B. ORIGINAL – Reclaim Australia
L-FRESH The LION – Become 
Hau – The No End Theory
Milwaukee Banks – Deep Into The Night 

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

William Crighton – William Crighton 
Henry Wagons – After What I Did Last Night
Big Smoke – Time Is Golden
Bill Chambers – Cold Trail
Halfway – The Golden Halfway Record 

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

Archie Roach – Let Love Rule 
The Waifs – Beautiful You 
Russell Morris – Red Dirt Red Heart
Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let The Kids Win 
The Wilson Pickers – You Can’t Catch Fish From a Train 

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM

Dead Letter Circus – Aesthesis 
Violent Soho – WACO
Luca Brasi – If This Is All We’re Going To Be
Hellions – Opera Oblivia
Twelve Foot Ninja – Outlier 

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Flume – Skin
Jagwar Ma – Every Now & Then 
Elizabeth Rose – Intra
Friendships – Nullabor 1988-1989
Rainbow Chan – Spacings 

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE

Flume ft. Kai – “Never Be Like You”
Nick Murphy – “Stop Me (Stop You)”
Starley – “Call On Me”

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

Vince Jones & Paul Grabowsky – Provenance 
Keller Murphy Browne – Travellers 
James Morrison & Don Burrows – In Good Company 
Ben Winkelman Trio – The Knife 

BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL ALBUM

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra – Brandenburg Celebrates
Slava Grigoryan – Bach: Cello Suites Vol. 1 
Australian Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tognetti – Mozart’s Last Symphonies 
Genevieve Lacey & James Crabb – Heard This and Thought of You