As we approach the final weeks of what’s been a pretty hectic 2016, we are incredibly stoked to announce the return of the AU AWARDS for another year. Recognising the achievements of our artists both nationally and internationally, the awards fall into line with other celebrations happening around the country, with both the ARIA Awards and the inaugural National Live Music Awards taking place later this month.
Previous AU Awards events have seen the likes of Gang of Youths, Tkay Maidza, Montaigne, Bad//Dreems, Ruby Boots and more take out awards in 2015, while our inaugural awards in 2014 saw artists including Violent Soho, Remi, Courtney Barnett and SAFIA win. With a diverse range of artists continuing to breakthrough during 2016, we expect a solid list of names to emerge out of the process this year too!
This year, nominees for the AU Award categories (listed below) are to be settled upon by our contributors themselves, with the final nominees being deliberated upon by a judging panel of editors ahead of the official winner announcement online on Friday, December 16th.
THE 3rd ANNUAL AU AWARDS – CATEGORIES
ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Male)
ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Female)
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
ABORIGINAL or TORRES STRAIT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
GROUP OF THE YEAR
POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR
FOLK or ACOUSTIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
ELECTRONIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
R&B or SOUL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR
HEAVY or PUNK ARTIST OF THE YEAR
BLUES or ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
AUSTRALIAN LIVE MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR
THE AUSTRALIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The public are also encouraged to get involved this year too, with voting now open for the Australian Artist of the Year. Want to make sure your favourite/s get in the running? Simply fill out the form below.
Nominee submissions close Friday, December 9th.
Lead image by Johnny Au.