Nominations are now open for the 2022 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs), celebrating the state’s best emerging and established artists.
“Winning a QMA was a huge milestone for me, I did not expect to actually win at all, so there was a huge shock factor! To have that sort of support and recognition really means a lot,” said last year’s Song of the Year and Pop Award winner Sycco, judged by more than 100 leading national industry figures.
Set to unveil her coveted Song of the Year plaque on Brunswick Street Mall this week for winning track, Dribble, the fast-rising pop star will be immortalised on the Valley Walk of Fame alongside Queensland legends like The Bee Gees, Savage Garden, The Saints and Powderfinger. “Having a plaque in the Valley is absolutely immense, I used to walk past those all the time and see big names that have inspired me so much – to be a part of that is unreal!!” she said.
QMusic CEO Kris Stewart urged all Queensland artists who have released a song or music video in the last 12 months to nominate by 21 October 2021. “From household names Keith Urban, Amy Shark and Sheppard, to emerging artists like Jaguar Jonze, Jesswar and Hope D, it’s clear that the talent coming out of Queensland has never been stronger,” he said. “The QMAs is Queensland music’s night-of-nights! And after what the industry has endured over the past year, not only will the 2022 Queensland Music Awards shine a spotlight on the state’s best music, it will be a celebration of the incredible tenacity and passion shown by all.”
Applications are also open for the prestigious Billy Thorpe Scholarship, a $10,000 recording and career support package awarded annually at the QMAs. Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government recognises the power of music in telling our unique stories, with Queensland’s contemporary music sector a significant and dynamic contributor to the state’s diverse arts and cultural offering.
Produced and presented by QMusic, the QMAs ceremony takes place at The Fortitude Music Hall in Fortitude Valley with live performances on Tuesday 29 March 2022. Artists who have released songs and music videos between 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2021 are eligible to nominate across more than 20 wide-ranging award categories at queenslandmusicawards.com.au.
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