Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan has announced this year’s finalists for The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards. Heading up the list of nominees are hip hop artists L-Fresh The Lion and Remi, blues songwriter Shaun Kirk, Oscar Key Sung, Saskwatch, Charles Jenkins and Laura Jean.

The nominees were chosen by specifically selected panels who considered the best artists and releases over the period of October 1 2013 up until October 1 this year. The Music Victoria awards include prizes for best album in several categories including blues, country, folk, soul, hip hop, heavy and reggae. There are also awards given to best experimental/avant-garde act, best electronic act and best indigenous act.

The awards will announced at an Industry event on Thursday 16th October.

Best Blues Album – presented by Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
Dreamboogie – Ain’t Nobody’s Business
Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men – 3am Blues Live
Ian Collard – Swamp, Stomp & Boogie
Kerri Simpson – 4am
Shaun Kirk – Steer The Wheel

Best Country Album – presented by Out On The Weekend
Eaten By Dogs – Eaten By Dogs
Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes – Black Coffee
T-Bones – A Long Time Coming
Tracy McNeil – Nobody Ever Leaves
Wagons – Acid Rain & Sugar Cane

Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B and Gospel Album – presented by Plakkit
Chelsea Wilson – I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me
Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Blind Bet
Oscar Key Sung – Holograms
Saskwatch – Nose Dive
The Bamboos – Fever In The Road

Best Jazz Album – presented by Dixons Creek Estate
Andrea Keller Quartet with Strings – Wave Rider
Anton Delecca Quartet – The Healer
Black Jesus Experience – Migration
Julien Wilson Trio – Swailing
Tilman Robinson – Network of Lines

Best Hip Hop Album – presented by PBS
Briggs – Shep Life
Geko – Real Heads Don’t Listen
L-Fresh the Lion – One
Remi – Raw x Infinity
Tornts – Street Visions

Best Electronic Act – presented by Select AV
Andras Fox
Chet Faker
Client Liaison
Will Sparks

Best Heavy Album – presented by Sailor Jerry
Ausmuteants – Amusements
Ceres – I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here
Closure In Moscow – Pink Lemonade
Iron Mind – Iron Mind
The Bennies – Rainbows In Space

Best Indigenous Act – presented by Songlines
Deline Briscoe
Kutcha Edwards
Skin Choir
The Deans

Best Global or Reggae Album – presented by Crumpler
Black Jesus Experience – Migration
Coloured Stone – Dance To the Sun
Tek Tek Ensemble – Terror in the Jungle
The Bombay Royale – The Island of Dr Electrico
The Chosen Ones – Self Titled

Best Folk Roots Album – presented by White Sky
Charles Jenkins – Too Much Water In The Boat
Laura Jean – Laura Jean
Oh Pep – II
Tobias Hengeveld – Fools Rush In
Tracy McNeil – Nobody Ever Leaves

Best Experimental/Avant-Garde Act – presented by Implant Media
Evelyn Morris
Joel Stern
Nik Kennedy
Ren Walters
Rosalind Hall