2018 Queensland Music Awards Winners

L-R: Greta Stanley (Billy Thorpe Scholarship winner) and Jeremy Neale (Song Of The Year and Rock winner). L-R: Greta Stanley (Billy Thorpe Scholarship winner) and Jeremy Neale (Song Of The Year and Rock winner). Image supplied.

Amy Shark has taken a massive bite out of 2018 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs), winning five awards at last night's (14 May) lavish gathering at Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds.


Brisbane singer-songwriter Jeremy Neale also stole the spotlight, with his song 'Dancin' & Romancin' winning the Song Of The Year and Rock categories. He also topped off an excellent night for the Queensland music industry with a blazing live performance of the award-winning song.

The current 'it' act of Australian music, Gold Coast product Amy Shark scooped her first ever Export Achievement award after a stellar international response to her breakthrough song 'Adore', which was also the Highest Selling single by a Queenslander in 2017.

Proving Amy's exceptional songwriting merit, her current hit 'Weekends' also garnered the Pop, Regional and Singer-Songwriter awards.

While Album Of The Year was taken out by The Jungle Giants for 'Quiet Ferocity', which produced multiple hit singles for the Brisbane four-piece who toured the album internationally and played sold-out festivals and headline tours off the back of its release.

For the first time, the QMAs were staged at Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds and witnessed 23 winners crowned.

The prestigious 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship was awarded to a stunned but appreciative 23-year-old songstress from Far North Queensland, Greta Stanley. Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Greta will be able to use the $10,000 prize to record her next release.

Greta is a previous participant in QMusic's Industry Connect programme, which gives young people from regional Queensland the opportunity to meet and learn from national industry leaders.

The Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement was awarded to country music veteran, The Sheik of Scrubby Creek aka Chad Morgan OAM. Best known for his vaudeville style of comic country and western songs, his prominent teeth and goofy stage persona, Chad has achieved platinum and gold album sales during a career spanning six decades.

Testament to an extensive touring career, the 85-year-old was unable to accept the award in person due to touring commitments. His daughter's acceptance speech, however, was one of the many highlights of the evening and reminded all in the room of the significance of music connecting all parts of the community together.

Other winners included The Kite String Tangle (Electronic / Dance), Karl S. Williams (Blues / Roots), Emily Wurramara (Indigenous), Crooked White (Hip Hop / Rap), The Brave (Heavy), Eleea (Soul / Funk / R&B) Trichotomy (Jazz), Keith Urban (Highest Selling Album), Sue Ray (World / Folk) and Xander Holmes (Schools).

The night began with a blistering performance by The Kite String Tangle and their award-winning song 'The Prize (feat. Bridgette Amofah)'. The QMAs put down their punk roots with WAAX (who took out the Video award later in the night) owning the stage during their live performance.

While the night's musical diversity shown bright with Country winner Brad Butcher, Electronic/ Dance finalist May Lyn, Billy Thorpe Scholarship winner Greta Stanley and Hip Hop/ Rap finalist Carmouflage Rose also taking to the stage.

In 2018, the ceremony moved to recognise a more diverse group of contributors to Queensland music. The Big Pineapple Music Festival was voted People's Choice for Festival Of The Year. Brisbane live-music institution The Tivoli Theatre took out Metro Venue Of The Year and Sunshine Coast stalwarts Solbar were awarded Regional Venue Of The Year.


2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

SONG OF THE YEAR
Jeremy Neale - 'Dancin' & Romancin''


ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Jungle Giants - 'Quiet Ferocity'



POP
Amy Shark - 'Weekends'

ROCK
Jeremy Neale - 'Dancin' & Romancin''



ELECTRONIC / DANCE
The Kite String Tangle - 'The Prize (feat. Bridgette Amofah)'

BLUES / ROOTS
Karl S. Williams - 'Blood To Give'

HEAVY
The Brave - 'Ethereal'

JAZZ
Trichotomy - 'Asset Or Liability'


SCHOOLS
Xander Holmes - 'Something Real'



INDIGENOUS
Emily Wurramara - 'Ngarrukwujenama'

HIP HOP / RAP
Crooked White - 'Put Me On'

COUNTRY
Brad Butcher - 'Well Dressed Man' 


WORLD / FOLK
Sue Ray - 'Junior Was His Name'

SINGER SONGWRITER
Amy Shark - 'Weekends'



SOUL / FUNK / R&B

Eleea - 'Without You'

REGIONAL

Amy Shark - 'Weekends' 


VIDEO
WAAX - 'Same Same'



2018 BILLY THORPE SCHOLARSHIP
Greta Stanley



GRANT MCLENNAN LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD
Chad Morgan 

2018

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

METRO VENUE OF THE YEAR

The Tivoli Theatre (Brisbane) 


REGIONAL VENUE OF THE YEAR

Solbar (Sunshine Coast)

FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
The Big Pineapple Music Festival

2018 EXPORT ACHEIVEMENT AWARD

Amy Shark 


HIGHEST SELLING SINGLE
Amy Shark - 'Adore' 


HIGHEST SELLING ALBUM

Keith Urban - 'Ripcord'

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