Sam Gillespie | 16 February 2017

The Queensland music industry’s night of nights is on the horizon yet again, with the Queensland Music Awards ceremony to go down at the Brisbane Powerhouse on March 27. After months of consideration from over 60 esteemed industry judges, the list of finalists have been announced, which includes a variety of acts from all over the state. Both established and emerging artists have been recognised with nominations, representing genres including country, blues, electronic, metal and jazz.

Leading the nominations is Unearthed songstress Tia Gostelow, receiving six nods for her two singles, Vague Utopia and State of Art. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Leanne Tennant also earned herself three nominations, and recent Hottest 100 runner-up Amy Shark has backed up after last year’s Pop win with a nomination in the same category for her mesmerising single Adore. All three of these women also reign from outside the Brisbane area, a huge feat for regional Queensland music.

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Local favourites and QMA debutants Good Boy, Confidence Man and Mallrat have all copped nominations, as well as seeming veterans Cub Sport, The Belligerents, Halfway and Emily Wurramara.

As well as the genre specific awards, honouring the best in Blues & Roots, Country, Dance, Urban, Rock and Heavy, among others, Arts Queensland’s prestigious Billy Thorpe Scholarship will be awarded to an emerging contemporary artist in order to support the best in new local talent. The finalists include WAAX, Marville, Josh Stewart and Ella Fence, with the winner receiving $10,000 in cash and recording sessions. The fans will also get a say in the BOQ’s People’s Choice Awards. The public will get to vote for their favourite female and male artists as well as their favourite group. Voting opens on February 28. Highest Selling Album, Highest Selling Single and Export Achievement awards will also be handed out.

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A limited amount of tickets are available to the public, giving a rare opportunity to rub elbows with Queensland’s best and brightest musicians. The night will also be soundtracked by performances from various nominees, such as Cub Sport, Good Boy, ROMY and Tia Gostelow, plus more to be announced.

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