Back for its 13th year, The Age Music Victoria Awards have spiced things up for 2018 by adding in a slew of new categories for this year's Melbourne Music Week.
Reflecting the recent surge in popularity of Carribean flavours in contemporary pop music, the former award for Best Global/Reggae award has been split up into two categories: Best Reggae and Dancehall and Best Global, while a new Best Rock/Punk category has also been added, allowing for the previously singular Best Heavy Album award to celebrate specific metal and hard rock genres.
In addition, the Best Solo Artist category will replace Best Male and Female artist categories to include gender non-conforming artists, while the Best Aboriginal Artist award has been replaced by the Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent, which also includes a cash grant and mentorship as part of the award.
"After each awards we survey the industry and judges to make sure the categories best reflect what is happening in Victoria in the year and the most deserved contributors to the industry are acknowledged," explained Awards Executive Producer Patrick Donovan.
"We are confident these changes to criteria and judging panels will result in awards that are more inclusive and better reflect outstanding achievements. Stay tuned for an announcement in October with details about a new structure for this year’s event.’’
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