Music Victoria Awards 2022 Nominees

Nominees for the 2022 Music Victoria Awards have been revealed.
Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

After enduring two years of hardship, the Victorian music scene will come together to celebrate the musicians and groups who have contributed to the fabric and culture of the state's recent artistry at the 2022 Music Victoria Awards.

Alongside 16 industry-voted categories are 12 awards that are now open to a public vote (voting closes at 5pm EDT on 21 November) with nominees for all 28 awards now having been revealed.

Those nominated for an industry award include Ajak Kwai, Alice Ivy, The Black Sorrows, Bumpy, Carissa Nyalu, Charm Of Finches, Confidence Man, Evelyn Ida Morris, Harvey Sutherland, Kerryn Fields, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Kutcha Edwards, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Lance Ferguson, Michael Waugh, Mo'Ju, Nicky Bomba, Pinch Points, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Ruby Gill, Telenova, and The Weeping Willows.

"The [industry-voted] nominees that have been announced are those that have been determined as the very best of their category by experts in the field," Music Victoria CEO Simone Schinkel says.

"I was lucky enough to be allowed in the room during the judging process. The passion with which the decision makers discussed the music gave me goosebumps – it has to be the greatest part of my job.

"Victorians should be so proud of the music that is being made right here – now let's give these artists the recognition, love and respect they deserve; go give them a listen, or better yet, grab a ticket to their next gig."

Artists up for an award in the public voting categories includes Alice Skye, Baker Boy, Black Cab, Bones & Jones, Camp Cope, Courtney Barnett, Dorsal Fins, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Kerryn Fields, Memphis LK, Mo'Ju, Julia Jacklin, Telenova, and thndo.

"Public voting is certainly the most electrifying part of the Awards – where no-one knows who will win until all the votes are in. Make sure you have your say and VOTE FOR MUSIC!" adds Schinkel.

"Massive congratulations to all the nominees – I really hope that this helps all of us to recognise their true value and contribution to the music ecology, that makes Victoria great.

"Many Victorian communities have been badly impacted by flooding of late, so it's extra nice to find reasons like this one to celebrate, and ultimately help those impacted to rise again."

Adds much-loved Victorian music champion Molly Meldrum: "There's amazing talent out there as Music Victoria knows. It's so important for them to be acknowledged and the Music Victoria Awards give them that."

Voting for the public awards is open until 5pm EDT on 21 November.

Music Victoria Awards 2022 Nominees

Industry-voted categories

The Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent

Carissa Nyalu
Jess Hitchcock
MpathSoul - Monica Jasmine Karo

Arts Access Amplify Award

Between Mirrors
Evelyn Ida Morris
Nat Bartsch
Saint Ergo

MAV Diasporas Award

Ajak Kwai
Black Jesus Experience
Charles Maimarosia
Hand To Earth
Vanessa Estrada

Best Blues Work

Checkerboard Lounge
Damon Smith
High Ace
The Black Sorrows
The McNamarr Project

Best Country Work

Georgia State Line
Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Michael Waugh
Sherry Rich
The Weeping Willows

Best Electronic Work

Harvey Sutherland
Various Asses

Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Work

Cat Hope
Female Wizard
Nina Buchanan
Rama Parwata
The Amplified Elephants

Best Folk Work

Above The Bit
Charm Of Finches
Kerryn Fields
Ruby Gill

Best Heavy Work


Best Hip Hop Work

MAMMOTH. & Silentjay
Yung Shōgun

Best Jazz Work

Barney McAll
Claire Cross
Johannes Luebbers Dectet
Peter Knight
Sam Anning

Best Pop Work

Confidence Man
June Jones
The Stroppies

Best Reggae and Dancehall Work

Jah Tung
Nicky Bomba

Best Rock/Punk Work

Dr Sure's Unusual Practice
Pinch Points
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Soul, Funk, RNB & Gospel Work

Kutcha Edwards
Lance Ferguson

Best Producer

Alice Ivy
Gab Strum
Oscar Dawson
Stuart Mackenzie
Tim Shiel

Public-voted categories

Best Album

Baker Boy - 'Gela'
Harvey Sutherland - 'Boy'
JAZZPARTY - 'Nobody Gets Away'
Kerryn Fields - 'Water'
thndo - 'Life In Colour'

Best Song

Baker Boy - 'Survive'
Black Cab - 'Rotsler's Rules'
Courtney Barnett - 'Rae Street'
GUTHRIE - 'Dickhead Song'
Julia Jacklin - 'Lydia Wears A Cross'

Best Group

Camp Cope
Dorsal Fins
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Ramona Sky

Best Solo Artist

Baker Boy
Julia Jacklin
Kerryn Fields

Best DJ

Jennifer Loveless
Memphis LK
Simon TK

Best Regional Act

Alice Skye
Baker Boy
Bones & Jones
Jess Parker

Best Metro Festival

Brunswick Music Festival (Wurundjeri)
Melbourne Music Week (Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung)
Peninsula Summer Music Festival (Boonwurrung)
Reunion Park (Wurundjeri)
RISING (Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung)

Best Regional Festival

CresFest - Creswick (Dja Dja Wurrung)
Meadow - Bambra (Gulidjan, Gadubanud and Wadawurrung)
OK Motels - Charlton (Dja Dja Wurrung)
Port Fairy Folk Festival (Gunditjmara)
Riverboats Music Festival - Echuca-Moama (Yorta Yorta)

Best Large Venue (Metro)

Forum Melbourne (Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung)
Melbourne Recital Centre (Wurundjeri)
Palais Theatre (Boonwurrung)
Sidney Myer Music Bowl (Wurundjeri)
The Night Cat (Wurundjeri)

Best Small (Metro)

Brunswick Ballroom (Wurundjeri)
Northcote Social Club (Wurundjeri)
Shotkickers - Thornbury (Wurundjeri)
The Gasometer Hotel - Collingwood (Wurundjeri)
The Jazzlab - Brunswick (Wurundjeri)

Best Regional Venue/Presenter (Established)

Caravan Music Club - Archies Creek (Boonwurrung)
Palais Hepburn (Dja Dja Wurrung)
The Barwon Club Hotel - Geelong (Wadawurrung)
The Taproom - Shedshaker Brewing in Castlemaine (Dja Dja Wurrung)
Theatre Royal Castlemaine (Dja Dja Wurrung)

Best Regional Venue / Presenter (under 50 gigs per year)

Ballarat Mechanics' Institute - Minerva (Wadawurrung)
Daylesford Hotel (Dja Dja Wurrung)
Golden Vine Hotel - Bendigo (Dja Dja Wurrung)
Hotel Warrnambool (Peek Whurrong)
Music On The Hill (MOTH) - Mornington Peninsula (Boonwurrung)

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