Music Victoria Awards 2023 Nominees And Hall Of Fame Inductees

Baker Boy at the 2022 Music Victoria Awards - Image © Brnjak
Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

The list of nominees for the 2023 Music Victoria Awards is here.

Voting is now open for the 12 publicly-voted categories, including Best Album, Best Group, Best Regional Act, Best Metro Festival, Best Small Venue and more.

Acclaimed artists Julia Jacklin, RVG, Cable Ties, Jen Cloher, and Forest Claudette have received nominations across multiple publicly-voted categories for this year's ceremony.

Meanwhile the electrifying Miss Kaninna has been nominated for the Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent, as well as Best Song or Track for 'Blak Britney'.

Genre-bending Forest Claudette is nominated for Best Solo Artist and Best Song for 'Mess Around', from the new EP 'Everything Was Green', released in June. They spent their school years honing their craft between piano, guitar, and vocals. Now, Claudette uses music as a tool for self-discovery.

Rock icon Adalita joins Forest Claudette in the Best Solo Artist category. Her impact has been felt from her work as a solo artist, as well as a founding member of alt-rock band Magic Dirt.

Music Victoria’s 17 industry-voted categories include the Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent, MAV Diasporas Award, and the Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award.

Kutcha Edwards and industry stalwart Kirsty Rivers will be inducted into the Music Victoria Hall Of Fame at the 2023 ceremony.

Kutcha is renowned for his prolific union of songwriting and activism across his three-decade career. Currently the Head Of Music in Creative Australia's Sector Development and Advocacy Team, Kirsty Rivers' career has seen her head Creative Victoria's Contemporary Music division, oversee the Victoria State Government's Music Works programme, establish a number of awards and Fellowships, and more.

“Our experts have spoken, and now it’s time for the public to have their say,” Music Victoria CEO Simone Schinkel says. “Place your vote and let’s celebrate the Victorian music that made your year!”

Voting for the public is open until 13 October.

The 2023 Music Victoria Awards take place at The Edge, Fed Square (Melbourne) 31 October.

Music Victoria Awards 2023 Nominees

Publicly-voted categories

Best Song or Track
RVG - Nothing Really Changes
Miss Kaninna - Blak Britney
Forest Claudette - Mess Around (feat. EARTHGANG)
NO ZU - Liquid Love
Julia Jacklin - Love, Try Not To Let Go

Best Album
Cable Ties - All Her Plans
Cash Savage and the Last Drinks - So This is Love
Jen Cloher - I Am The River, The River Is Me
Julia Jacklin - PRE PLEASURE
Teether and Kuya Neil - STRESSOR

Best Solo Artist
Forest Claudette
Gena Rose Bruce
Jen Cloher
Sarah Mary Chadwick

Best DJ
Cara Murphy

Best Group
Cable Ties
Folk Bitch Trio
Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 & Tim Shiel
Surprise Chef

Best Regional Act
Bones and Jones
Code Chroma
Immy Owusu
Leah Senior
Watty Thompson

Best Metro Festival
Brunswick Music Festival (Wurundjeri)
Leaps and Bounds Music Festival (Wurundjeri)
Melbourne International Jazz Festival (Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung)
RISING Melbourne (Kulin Nation)
YIRRAMBOI Festival including The Archie Roach Block Party (Wurundjeri)

Best Regional Festival
Boogie - Tallarook (Taungurung)
Esoteric Festival - Donald (Dja Dja Wurrung)
OK Motels - Charlton (Dja Dja Wurrung)
Port Fairy Folk Festival (Gunditjmara)
Winter Sounds - Daylesford (Dja Dja Wurrung)

Best Large Venue (Metro)
Forum Melbourne (Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung)
Melbourne Recital Centre (Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung)
Northcote Theatre (Wurundjeri)
Palais Theatre - St Kilda (Boonwurrung)
The Corner Hotel - Richmond (Wurundjeri)

Best Small Venue (Metro)
Brunswick Ballroom (Wurundjeri)
Northcote Social Club (Wurundjeri)
Shotkickers - Thornbury (Wurundjeri)
The Gem - Collingwood (Wurundjeri)
The Night Cat - Fitzroy (Wurundjeri)

Best Regional Venue or Presenter (Under 50 gigs)
Meeniyan Town Hall - South Gippsland (Bunurong)
The Minerva Ballaarat (Wadawurrung)
The Blues Train - Bellarine Peninsula (Wadawurrung)
Trash Cult - Bendigo (Dja Dja Wurrung)
The Vine Hotel - Wangaratta (Bpangerang)

Best Regional Venue or Presenter (Over 50 gigs)
Caravan Music Club - Archies Creek (Boonwurrung)
Palais-Hepburn (Dja Dja Wurrung)
The Barwon Club Hotel - Geelong (Wadawurrung)
The Bridge Hotel - Castlemaine (Dja Dja Wurrung)
Volta - Ballarat (Wadawurrung)

Industry-voted categories

Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent (First Peoples entrants only)
Charlie Needs Braces
Jada Weazel
Kiwat Kennell
Miss Kaninna

Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award (Deaf and Disabled entrants only)
Artemis Muñoz
Jimmy from Thornbury
Katie Dey
Mathilde Anne

MAV Diasporas Award (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse entrants only)
Black Jesus Experience
Don Glori
Mitch Tambo
Origami with Wang Zheng-Ting
The Cloud Maker

Best Blues Work
Damon Smith
Eddie Ink
Nigel Wearne
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers
The Teskey Brothers

Best Country Work
Charlotte Le Lievre
De Porsal
Henry Wagons
Matt Joe Gow
Nathan Seeckts

Best Electronic Work
Close Counters
Memphis LK
The Oddness
Tim Shiel

Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Work
Aviva Endean
Fia Fiell
Maria Moles
Patrick Hartono
R. Rebeiro

Best Folk Work
Dandelion Wine
Folk Bitch Trio
Leah Senior
Lucy Wise

Best Heavy Work
The Maggie Pills

Best Hip Hop Work
Agung Mango
Strictly D.T
Teether & Kuya Neil
Yung Shōgun

Best Jazz Work
Don Glori
Fran Swinn
Joshua Moshe
Nat Bartsch
The Rookies

Best Pop Work
Mia Wray
Mitch Tambo

Best Reggae or Dancehall Work
Crown Heights
Killah Keys
Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Best Rock or Punk Work
Cable Ties
Cash Savage and the Last Drinks

Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B or Gospel Work
Forest Claudette
Surprise Chef

Best Producer
Anna Laverty
Candice Lorrae
Gab Strum
Lucy Blomkamp
Simon Lam

Best Musician
Daniel Farrugia
Immy Owusu
Jen Sholakis
Joshua Moshe
Sam Teskey

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