The finalists for this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards have been revealed today, as well as the artists who are set to perform at the ceremony in Darwin on August 11th. Baker Boy (pictured), Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan and Kardajala Kirridarra are among the nominees, each having had absolute belters of 2018 thus far.
Both Baker Boy and Kardajala Kirridarra are also on the performer’s list for the NIMA’s this year, alongside artists including Busby Marou, Yirrmal, Kasey Chambers and Alan Pigram and Roger Knox.
“The growth in the National Indigenous Music Awards has mirrored the growth of Indigenous music more generally over the last fifteen years,” said NIMA Reference Group Chair Warren H. Williams. “As our musicians have continued their journey of taking their rightful place at the forefront of Australian music, the awards have been there not just to celebrate their successes, but to be a launching pad for new talent and discovery vehicle for musicians, whether they are from Darwin, Devonport, Derby, Dubbo or the Daintree.”
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Dan Sultan – Killer
Emily Wurramara – Milyakburra
Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)
Kardajala Kirridarra – Kardajala Kirridarra
Kuren – Melting Conceptually
SONG OF THE YEAR
Baker Boy – “Marryuna”
Busby Marou – “Days of Gold”
Dan Sultan – “Kingdom”
Gurrumul – “Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)”
Kardajala Kirridarra – “Ngurra”
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW TALENT
(Presented by Spotify)
FILM CLIP OF THE YEAR
Alice Skye – “Friends With Feelings”
Baker Boy – “Marryuna”
Birdz – “This Side”
Black Rock Band – “Bininj Kuborrk”
Jessica Mauboy – “We Got Love”
COMMUNITY CLIP OF THE YEAR
Ali Curung NT – “Bounce With Me”
B-Town Warriors – “Thundercloud: Bourke”
Condoblin, NSW: The Condo Crew – “How Ya Feelin”
Githabul Next Generation – “Looking Out For Country’ Mulli Mulli
Yiyili Mawoolie – “Yiyili Kids”
The National Indigenous Music Awards will be held at the Darwin Ampitheatre on August 11th this year, where Baker Boy, Busby Marou, Kasey Chamber and Alan Pigram, Roger Knox, Kardajala Kirridarra, Yirrmal, the Kenbi Dancers, Central Australian Women’s Choir, Stiff Gins and the winner of the NIMA’s triple j Unearthed competition will perform.
For more information, visit https://nima.musicnt.com.au!