The 10th Edition of The Age Music Victoria Awards were announced last night at 170 Russell in Melbourne. Co-presented by PBS 106.7FM and Triple R 102.7 FM, the genre and publicly voted winners were presented together for the first time this year and were followed by superb short sets by Marlon Williams, multiple award winner Courtney Barnett and the sensational Harts. The EG Allstars were joined by special guests Ajak Kwai, Ben Salter, Blake Scott (The Peep Tempel), Briggs, Ecca Vandal, Emma Donovan, Iseula Hingano (Blue Eyes Cry) and Olympia.
Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan congratulated all of the nominees and winners saying, “Bringing the genre awards and public awards together was a great success as the nominees are all equally deserving. It was wonderful to see the stars of the music industry under one roof in a huge celebration that showcases the depth of our diverse music scene.”
Earlier in the evening the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP, announced $600,000 worth of grants for the Contemporary Music Sector to rousing cheers from the industry-heavy audience.
In recognition of the artists’ contribution to Victorian music, all nominees in the Genre Awards received a generous rehearsal package at Bakehouse Studios.
And the winners are….
GENRE AWARD WINNERS
Best Blues Album
Presented by Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
Box & Dice FIONA BOYES
Best Country Album
Presented by Allans Billy Hyde
Diamonds in the Bloodstream RAISED BY EAGLES
Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B and Gospel Album
Presented by CollArts
Dawn EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS
Best Jazz Album
Presented by Dixons Creek Estate Wines
Mooroolbark BARNEY MCALL
Best Hip Hop Album
Presented by Plakkit
Nobody’s Business MAUNDZ
Best Electronic Act
Presented by OneLove
Best Heavy Album
Presented by Cherry Bar
Bully HIGH TENSION
Best Indigenous Act
Presented by Department of the Future Productions
Best Global or Reggae Album
Presented by Crumpler
Quarter Street QUARTER STREET
Best Folk Roots Album
Presented by Folk Alliance Australia
One House TOLKA
Best Experimental/Avant-Garde Act
Presented by Bar Open
The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame Concert will be presented at a separate event this year at The Palais Theatre in St Kilda on 20 November. Check out the full lineup here.