Back for its seventh year, Gold Coast’s flagship music industry event, the Gold Coast Music Awards, presented in partnership with SPRINGTIME festival, today announced 50 finalists across nine categories, all of whom are set to have their creative gold celebrated at a dazzling red-carpet event at Home Of The Arts (HOTA), Saturday 4 September.

Award-winning hip-hop artist Jesswar; enigmatic indie-rockers Peach Fur; and international country music star Casey Barnes were frontrunners, each earning finalist positions in more than four categories, including the coveted Artist Of The Year gong that Barnes will be defending after his win last year.

Several first-time finalists were also recognised, including acoustic sensation Beckah Amani, chasing Breakout Artist Of The Year after huge Queensland Music Award wins and a Tones and I support slot; as well as fresh indie-pop duo Geniie Boy; and First Nations artist-fronted hitmakers, Selve and AYA J.

“For a year that saw the music industry gutted with uncertainty, reduced venue capacities and cancelled events, Gold Coast’s musicians and our beloved venues have outdone themselves. While we can only give away a small number of awards, we really want to acknowledge the immense achievements of all nominees,” said Gold Coast Music Awards chairperson, Samantha Morris.

Despite a tough year for the industry, the exceptional entrants made judging tough too. With more than 650 nominations received this year, “Each category was passionately debated by judges and for the first time, we even released the judging shortlist to acknowledge the quality of talent in the region.”

“More and more Gold Coast artists are growing into national and international exports, including our alumni: Amy Shark, Hollow Coves, Eliza and the Delusionals, Jacob Lee and Wolfmother’s Ian Peres. It’s exciting to have seen and supported their progression over the years and we can’t wait to see what this year’s crop achieves in the future,” Ms Morris said.

Organisers, industry and supporters, including Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, are looking forward to the Awards’ return this year, following the 2020 event’s inevitable cancellation, before it went on to stream virtually to more than 29,000 music industry representatives and fans, setting a precedent for online music award presentations nationwide.

“The Gold Coast Music Awards is an important beacon for our local music industry during these challenging times. I congratulate all the nominated artists and businesses and look forward to celebrating the strength and resilience of the local scene and the quality of their output,” Tate said.

The Gold Coast Music Awards ceremony will take place Saturday 4 September at Home of the Arts (HOTA), Gold Coast, in partnership with SPRINGTIME Music Festival. To attend or watch the awards ceremony, RSVP here.

The Gold Coast Music Awards is produced by Blank Street Press and proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and Major Events Gold Coast. 


Gold Coast Music Awards 2021 Finalists


ARTIST OF THE YEAR

sponsored by Southern Cross University

Casey Barnes

Eliza and the Delusionals

Hollow Coves

Jesswar

Karl S Williams

Mass Sky Raid

Peach Fur


BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

sponsored by Griffith University and the Queensland Conservatorium

Beckah Amani

Buttered

Daste.

DOOLIE

Greatest Hits

Jesswar

Peach Fur

Rave Radio

René Le Feuvre


LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR

sponsored by Gold Coast Music

Busby Marou

Casey Barnes

Donny Love

Hussy Hicks

Jesswar

Karl S Williams

Peach Fur

Selve

Tijuana Cartel


MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

sponsored by TAFE Queensland

Ella Fence

Fletcher Babb

Harry J Hart

Jackson Dunn

JVMIE

Lindsay Waddington

Majelen

Mitch King

Scott French


RELEASE OF THE YEAR

sponsored by Blank Street Press

Casey Barnes – Town of a Million Dreams

DOOLIE – Hope You Like My Mixtape

Hussy Hicks – Gather Up The People

Jesswar – Tropixx

Karl S Williams – Lifeblood

Peach Fur – Awake

Saint Lane – If You Leave Me In The Fire

These Four Walls – This Is Not A Future


SONG OF THE YEAR

sponsored by CBD Live

AYA J – Shine

Beckah Amani – Standards

Casey Barnes – Come Turn Me On

DVNA – All My Friends

DENNIS. X FDVM– Run Little House

Eliza and the Delusionals – Sentimental

Geniie Boy – Fool’s Play

Jesswar – Venom

Lastlings – Take My Hand

Peach Fur – Preloved

Saint Lane – When Did We Grow Up?

These Four Walls – White Lies


VENUE OF THE YEAR

sponsored by Oztix

CBD Live

elsewhere

Miami Marketta

Mo’s Desert Clubhouse

Soundlounge

Wallaby Hotel


VIDEO OF THE YEAR

sponsored by QT Gold Coast

American Doubles ft JVMIE – Can’t Let Go

Baltimore Gun Club – Universe City

Beckah Amani – Standards

boWsER – Supersonic

DENNIS. – What You Do ft. Professor Paul

Eliza and the Delusionals – Sentimental

Jesswar – Venom

Selve – The Pink Hotel

Tijuana Cartel – Minimal Stuffing


GOLD COAST MUSIC PRIZE

sponsored by Friends of the Arts

Chloe Styler

EUCA 

Girl and Girl 

Harry J Hart

Liv Heyer

Pure Milk

Selve

Talia Rose 


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

sponsored by Burleigh Brewing Co.

Open to all finalists – open for public voting Thursday 19 August


COVID-19 health advice: The awards team continue to closely monitor the current COVID situation and health advice provided by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer. While we are working towards the event going ahead on the 4 September as planned, if restrictions that hinder the continuation of the awards remain in place closer to the event date our intention is to postpone to a time when we can safely gather in person to celebrate the Gold Coast music industry.