Queensland Music Awards 2011

The Queensland Music Awards are out and they have honoured some of the State’s finest artists. Hip hip hooray!!!

The Queensland music industry and fans were out in force tonight as the State’s finest artists were honoured at the first annual Queensland Music Awards. This was the first and will almost certainly not be the last after the turnout.

Tonight’s awards were held at Brisbane’s Old Museum, and the night belonged to the 19-year-old sensation emma louise who picked up three awards including Song Of The Year and the Pop Award for her song ‘Jungle’ – which has topped charts across the country.

Townsville band The Middle East – which recently announced their split (unbelievably but as long as they’re happy that’s all that matters) – collected the Album of The Year Award for their stunning record I Want That You Are Always Happy. Rightly so!!

Kate Miller-Heidke won the Courier-Mail Most Popular Female Award – one of a number of new categories voted for by the public – and the new Export Achievement Award, which recognises her growing success overseas. Good on Kate for that award. She deserves it big style!!!

Brisbane artist Ben Salter collected the Courier-Mail Most Popular Male Award and The Amity Affliction, the Most Popular Group.

Other awards went to country music legend James Blundell and Regional winner The McMenamins while Woodford Folk Festival veteran Bill Hauritz was honored with the G.W McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Queensland music.

Q Music Executive Officer Denise Foley – whose organisation is behind the event – said the Awards gave much-needed recognition to Queensland’s established and emerging artists.

“These Awards are about turning the spotlight on those already making world class music, while discovering new talent from all corners of the State,” Ms Foley said.

The event also saw the announcement of the Arts Queensland’s $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship which this year went to Sam Hales from rising Brisbane band The Jungle Giants. Love it! That is what music grants are all about and when you get a grant/prize that can fund new music talent for Australian artists, you can’t go wrong….can you.

All the winning songs are featured online at the http://www.qmusic.com.au/qldmusicawards/2011/  Check them out folks for some awesome tunes!!!

The newly re-branded awards night (formerly Q Song) was held at the Old Museum for the first time and featured unforgettable performances from Elixir featuring Katie Noonan, emma louise, The Medics, DZ Deathrays, Streamer Bendy and the students from Brisbane’s Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts.

Check out the award list below as it’s pretty awesome!

QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS

School Award

‘ODE TO ABIGAIL’ – STEPHEN SMITH

Indigenous Award

‘BEGGARS’ – THE MEDICS

Regional Award

‘UMBRELLA TOWN’ – THE McMENAMINS

Blues and Roots Award

‘ONE STEP’ – KOOII

Country Award

‘MOVE INTO THE CITY’ – JAMES BLUNDELL & KIM RICHEY

Folk/Singer Songwriter

‘1000 SUNDOWNS’ – EMMA LOUISE

Urban Award

‘ROBOTS’ – SCHOOLFIGHT

Electronic/Dance Award

‘THE STARS HAVE ALIGNED’ – DieVsCity

Jazz Award

‘SAUDADE’ – ROBERTO IREGUI (with Marialy Pacheco)

World Music Award

‘BETWEEN THE GREEN AND THE BLUE’ – THE BARLEYSHAKES

Rock Award

‘GEBBIE STREET’ – DZ DEATHRAYS

Heavy Award

‘A BURNING HORIZON’ – TRIA MERA

Pop Award

‘JUNGLE’ – EMMA LOUISE

The Courier-Mail Most Popular Male Award

BEN SALTER

The Courier-Mail Most Popular Female Award

KATE MILLER-HEIDKE

The Courier-Mail Most Popular Group Award

THE AMITY AFFLICTION

The Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award

BILL HAURITZ

The Export Achievement Award

KATE MILLER-HEIDKE

The Billy Thorpe Scholarship

SAM HALES

Song of the Year

JUNGLE – EMMA LOUISE

Album of the Year

I WANT THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS HAPPY – THE MIDDLE EAST

About Graham Porter

Founder of YMR and has been trying to make a difference for unsigned, up and coming artists and all things great in music since 2011.

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