The AU Awards return for 2016; public voting for Australian Artist of the Year now open!

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 MaidzaMontaigneBad//Dreems, Ruby Boots and more take out awards in 2015, while our inaugural awards in 2014 saw artists including Violent SohoRemiCourtney 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!

Joji Malani & Jung Kim onstage during the AU Awards event in Sydney, 2015 | Photo: Johnny Au.
Joji Malani & Jung Kim of Gang of Youths onstage during the AU Awards event in Sydney, 2015 | Photo: Johnny Au.

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

Plus…

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.

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