A bevy of Victoria’s finest musicians gathered last night for the The Age Music Victoria Awards at 170 Russell, with Daddy Cool inducted into the Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame!

The band performed a greatest hits setlist, including ‘Cherry Pie’, ‘Come Back Again’, ‘Eagle Rock’ and ‘Hi Honey Ho’ amongst others at the sold out awards night show.

Ross Wilson said of the award: “Daddy Cool first met, played, recorded and worked together in Melbourne and since those early days we’ve been inducted into the industry hall of fame in Australia.  As “hometown heroes,” The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame means that little bit more because it’s a cultural award, not a commercial one.” 

Other highlights from the night were Ed Nimmervoll‘s induction to the Hall of Fame by Russell Morris, (who played ‘Black Dog Blues’ and ‘The Real Thing’) and performances from  Davey Lane, Jess Cornelious, Ash Naylor, Stonefield and Henry Wagons.

This year’s big winners were Dan Sultan and Courtney Barnett, with Dan receiving the Tone Deaf Best Male Artist Award and The Age Best Album Award for Blackbird, and Courtney winning TheMusic’s Best Female Artist and a $2,500 cash award from APRA/AMCOS for Best Song Award for Avant Gardener. Dan celebrated by treating the audience to a fabulous spontaneous performance of ‘Same Man’ with the legendary EG All Star Band.

Remi topped off a huge year with a win for BigSound &Travel Beyond’s Best Emerging Artist Award, which includes flights and accommodation to Brisbane’s BigSound Conference and a slot in a high-profile showcase.

The Mountain Goat award for Best Venue went to Melbourne’s Corner Hotel, and Crumpler’s Best Festival award went to Meredith Music Festival.

The Dixon Creek’s Estate Best Regional Venue Award went to Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine and the Cosmic Psychos took out the award for Best Regional Act.

The hotly contested Corner Presents Best Band Award went to rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and the RocKwiz award for Best Live Band went to souled out funksters Saskwatch.

The Age Music Victoria Awards studio partner Bakehouse will donate studio rehearsal prizes to all artists nominated, with winners also receiving recording time.