After months of deliberation by over 60 esteemed industry judges, a diversity of established and emerging songwriters spread far across the State have emerged triumphant from thousands of entries.
Leading the nominations is Capricornia’s Tia Gostelow, followed closely by the sultry songstress from the tropics Leanne Tennant. They sit alongside fellow multi-nominees and previous category winners Amy Shark, Cub Sport and Dubmarine.
First time nominees Good Boy, Hanlon Brothers and ROMY are testament to the strength of Queensland music: a full list of the 24 category finalists can be found below.
Another highlight of the awards ceremony will be the bestowment of Arts Queensland’s $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship to an emerging Queensland based contemporary musician or band. The scholarship is an initiative of the Queensland Government to support new local talent.
The four finalists in the running for this prestigious award are WAAX, Marville, The Ninjas and Ella Fence.
Music fans will also soon be able to have their say in the BOQ People’s Choice Awards by voting for their favourite artists in the Most Popular Female, Most Popular Male and Most Popular Group categories – voting starts 28 February.
Cub Sport, Good Boy, ROMY and Tia Gostelow have been confirmed to perform on the night with more acts still to be announced. The Awards ceremony will also feature awards to Highest Selling Album, Highest Selling Single, and the Export Achievement award, recognising Queensland artists taking their music to the world.
Acquaint yourself with a taste of Queensland music with the 2017 QMA Finalists playlist.
Limited tickets to attend the ceremony (held 27 March at Brisbane Powerhouse) are available to the public via the Brisbane Powerhouse box office.
2017 Queensland Music Awards Finalists
Silent Feature Era
BLUES & ROOTS
COUNTRYAlex & Bec Crook
ELECTRONIC /DANCEConfidence Man
Mosaic x Thiefdude
FOLK / SINGER SONGWRITERMoreton
Tia Gostelow x 2 nominations
A Breach Of Silence
JAZZAbbreviations Orchestra x 2 nominations
Andrew Butt Trio +
ROCKGood Boy x 2 nominations
Tia Gostelow x2 nominations
The Mouldy Lovers