WAM Awards 2017 Winners

Stella Donnelly has won 5 awards at the 2017 WAM Awards. Stella Donnelly has won 5 awards at the 2017 WAM Awards.

This year’s Western Australia’s WAM Awards featured Stella Donnelly taking out five awards and Ziggy Ramo winning two, while Eurogliders and the late Graham Wood were recognised for their work and contributions to the WA music industry.

There’s something in the water in Western Australia that produces great artists such as The Waifs, who were awarded Most Popular Act, and their manager Phil Stevens who won the Management Award.

“This is one for all the roadies and the road crew,” Donna from The Waifs said as she accepted the Award for Most Popular Act, acknowledging they wouldn’t have achieved what they achieved without their roadies and road crew’s commitment throughout their careers.

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But the night belonged to honouring the late Graham Wood, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame and remembered in Bob Gordon's tribute to those from the WA Music Industry who’ve passed and left their legacy.

Graham was honoured for his work in the Australian music scene for initiatives such as founding the Perth International Jazz Festival, starting and co-owning the iconic Ellington Jazz Club in Perth, being appointed Dean of WAPA in 2006 and recording and touring nationally and internationally with many acclaimed artists and ensembles.

Stella Donnelly who cleaned up winning five awards: Best EP, Best Folk Act, Best Single, Best Female Vocalist and Most Popular New Act, acknowledged her fellow nominees and thanked the venues and promoters who supported diversity in artist line-ups.

Indigenous Australian artist Ziggy Ramo won Best Hip Hop and Best Indigenous Act, and in Ziggy’s absence his father shared Ziggy’s words of thanks to family and those who’ve supported him in his career.

Hall of Fame inductees Eurogliders gave us insight into tour life and their careers, which began in Perth at a time when there were many cover bands playing in the city and they were one of the few that played original music.

“It was a great honour to work and play original songs in Perth back then,” guitarist Bernie Lynch said.

But stand-out speech of the night went to Donna from The Waifs, who shared words from Henry Rollins on accepting The Waifs award. “Listen to the stage manager and get on stage when they tell you to.

“No one has time for the rockstar bullshit. None of the techs backstage care if you are David Bowie or the milkman. When you act like a jerk, they are completely unimpressed with the infantile display that you might think comes with your dubious status.

“They were there hours before you building the stage and they will be there for hours after you leave tearing it down. They should get your salary and you should get theirs.”

The Golden WAMi went to Phaedra Watts from the Nannup Music Festival.

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2017 WAM Award Winners

Industry Awards

Best Album

Methyl Ethel - 'Everything Is Forgotten'

Best Blues/ Roots Act
Old Blood

Best Country Act
The Little Lord Street Band

Best Electronic Act (live)
Tobacco Rat

Best EP
Stella Donnelly - 'Thrush Metal'

Best Experimental Act

Best Folk Act
Stella Donnelly

Best Hip Hop Act
Ziggy Ramo

Best Indigenous Act
Ziggy Ramo

Best Jazz Act
Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group

Best Metal/ Heavy Act
Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving

Best Pop Act
Methyl Ethel

Best Punk/ Hardcore Act
Nerve Quakes

Best Regional Act
Carla Geneve

Best Rock Act
Tired Lion

Best Single
Stella Donnelly - 'Mechanical Bull'

Best Urban Act
POW! Negro

Best World Music Act
Grace Barbé

Industry Representative of the Year
Caitlin Nienaber

Label of the Year
Good Company Records

Management Award
Phil Stevens

Golden WAMi
Phaedra Watts

Craft Awards

Best Bassist

Sara McPherson

Best Brass/ Strings/ Woodwind/ Instrumentalist
Ricki Malet [Trumpet]

Best Drummer/ Percussionist
Nathan Sproule

Best Electronic Producer

Best Female Vocalist
Stella Donnelly

Best Guitarist
Axel Carrington

Best Keys/ Synth Artist
Tom O'Halloran

Best Male Vocalist
Jake Webb

Best Sound Engineer (live)
Jeremy Beste

Best Sound Engineer/ Producer (studio)
Andy Lawson

Most Popular Awards

Most Popular Act

The Waifs

Most Popular Live Act
POW! Negro

Most Popular Music Event
Falls Festival

Most Popular Music Video
Peter Bibby - 'Medicine'

Most Popular New Act
Stella Donnelly

Most Popular Venue
Mojo’s Bar



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