Caiti Baker’s “Make Your Own Mistakes” crowned NT Song of the Year for 2017 in Darwin

She’s being hailed as the Queen of the NT music scene by some at the moment and given the amount of national territory Caiti Baker has been traversing through 2017 already, the title is rather fitting. Over the weekend, the talented vocalist and musician took out the top award at the 2017 NT Song of the Year awards in Darwin, with her ridiculously catchy single “Make Your Own Mistakes” being named the overall song of the year as well as Best Pop Release.

The event, held for its sixth year, up in Darwin at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, celebrated a number of NT artists and individuals who have been putting the Territory’s vibrant music scene on the map nationally and internationally, with the likes of Lonely BoysBaker BoySaltwater Band and Serina Pech all taking out awards on the night.

“Make Your Own Mistakes” wasn’t the only Caiti Baker tune that was acknowledged on the evening with her single “Heavy on My Heart” winning the Blues & Roots category.

Skinnyfish’s Michael Hohnen and iconic NT music figure Nora Lewis were both inducted into the Hall of Fame, with MusicNT Executive Director Mark Smith acknowledging both careers.

“This year’s inductees join an illustrious group of individuals that have made a long and significant contribution to the growth and strength of the NT music scene. Both Nora and Michael have brought passion and commitment to supporting musicians both young and old and we are honoured to welcome them to the Hall of Fame”.

Check out the full list of winners below!

NT SONG OF THE YEAR – 2017 WINNERS

NT SONG OF THE YEAR
Caiti Baker – “Make Your Own Mistakes”

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Michael Hohnen
Nora Lewis

APRA PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Phoebe Wear – “Castaway”

NATIVE TONGUE AWARD 
Baker Boy ft. Kian – “Cloud 9”

TOURISM NT TERRITORY AWARD
Col Infinity – “Northern Residential”

BEST POP RELEASE
Caiti Baker – “Make Your Own Mistakes”

BEST ROCK RELEASE 
Lonely Boys – “Drop It Down Girl”

BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE RELEASE
Pulzanti – “Those Moments”

BEST HEAVY RELEASE
Clever Monkey – “Thumbtack”

BEST URBAN/HIP HOP RELEASE
Baker Boy ft. Kian – “Cloud 9”

BEST FOLK RELEASE
Saltwater Band – “Compass”

BEST BLUES & ROOTS RELEASE
Caiti Baker – “Heavy on My Heart”

BEST COUNTRY RELEASE
Dhapanbal Yunupingu – “Kakadu”

BEST YOUTH RELEASE
Serina Pech – “Kevin”