The winners of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association have been announced overnight in Adelaide, highlighting some of the finest independent releases from the last 12 months by local artists.
Occuring overnight at Adelaide's Freemasons Hall, the awards ceremony also featured performances from nominees such as Mojo Juju, Laura Jean and G Flip, the latter of whom won the award for Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year for her debut single 'About You.'
Courtney Barnett and the late Indigenous singer-songwriter Gurrumul were announced as joint winners for Best Independent Album or EP, while Barnett also nabbed Best Independent Artist for the second time in her career.
Elsewhere, Mojo Juju snagged the AIR Award for Best Independent Single for 'Native Tongue', while DZ Deathrays, What So Not and Confidence Man also picked up artist nods. Chapter Music snagged the big one for this year with the Best Independent Label Award, with their efforts being recognised via a delectable $20,000 prize courtesy of Moshtix. Check out the full list of winners below.
2019 Australian Independent Record Labels Association Award Winners
Best Independent Label – Chapter Music
Best Independent Artist – Courtney Barnett
Best Independent Album or EP – Courtney Barnett’s Tell Me How You Really Feel & Gurrumul’s Djarimirri
Best Independent Single – Mojo Juju’s ‘Native Tongue’
Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year [Presented by PPCA] – G Flip
Best Independent Hip Hop Album – B Wise’s Area Famous
Best Independent Country Album – Beccy Cole’s Lioness
Best Independent Blues & Roots Album – Emily Wurramara’s Milyakburra
Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album – DZ Deathrays’ Bloody Lovely
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album or EP – Confidence Man’s Confident Music For Confident People
Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single – What So Not’s ‘Beautiful ft. Winona Oak’
Best Independent Jazz Album – Jonathan Zwartz’s Animarum
Best Independent Classical Album – Grigoryan Brothers/Adelaide Symphony Orchestra/Benjamin Northey’s Bach Concertos
Outstanding Achievement Award [Supported by Merlin] – Gerarda McKenna
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