In what was a great night for Queensland Music across the board, the QMA's hosted their anticipated awards spectacle of the year to a packed house in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.
Hosted by Aimon Clark and Patience Hodgson, the 700+ strong crowd celebrated viscerally in Brisbane's Fortitude Music Hall, enjoying and acknowledging the rise and continued success of our state's well-deserved talent.
Pop powerhouse 'Sycco' took out 'Song of the Year' and 'Pop Song' of the year with her energetic track 'Dribble'. Hip Hop's aggressive princess 'Jesswar' won Hip Hop/ Rap tune of the year with her unrelenting release 'War' and Triple J stables 'Ball Park Music' took home the night's top prize with 'Album of the Year' for their recent eclectic self titled release. Gold Coast up and comer Beckah Amani won the esteemed 2021 'Billy Thorpe Scholarship' and the coveted 'Emerging Artist Award'.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch congratulated the 2021 Queensland Music Award winners on their resilient and resounding success over the past year. "Congratulations to Beckah Amani, the 2021 Billy Thorpe Scholarship winner, who impressed the judges with her incredible voice and mature songwriting,"
Enoch also mentioned the important role of the Queensland Government saying,
'Our Government acknowledges the significant impact of COVID-19 on the broader live music industry, which is why we continue to support the sector with a $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery Package. This has included funding for artists, live music programming and live music venues.
The success of the evening was spoken of by QMusic CEO Angela Samut,
"This year’s QMAs was a true celebration of what has become an incredible local music industry, one that our state can be proud of, both culturally and as a key export industry,"
In what was a great night for performers and fans alike, the Queensland and broader Australian music scene reminds us all that it's future certainly shines bright.
Click here for a full list of 2021 QMA winners