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Leading the charge are Perth based psych-pop masters Methyl Ethel and politically woke hip hop ensemble A.B Original, who both picked up nods for triple J Australian Album of the Year and the Rage Australian Music Video of the Year. Other Album of the Year nominees include Gang of Youths, Ali Barter, Alex Lahey and Meg Mac, showcasing a diverse Australian music scene extremely worthy of recognition.


In addition to the triple j Album of the Year Awards, Double J and triple j Unearthed are also recognising some of the country’s finest unsigned and independent acts. Industry veterans Dan Sultan, Jen Cloher and Paul Kelly are all up for Double J Artist of the Year awards, while Confidence Man, Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly represent a stack of Unearthed artists up for the award. 


The best of Australian music videos are also set to be recognised with the Rage Australian Music Video of the Year award; however, after releasing this beauty earlier in the year, it looks like Sydney based virtuoso Kirin J Callinan’s got it in the bag with his video for ‘Big Enough’, featuring a cameo from Jimmy Barnes. 



Check out the full list of nominees below:

triple j Australian Album of the Year

A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia

Alex Lahey – I Love You Like A Brother

Ali Barter – A Suitable Girl

Gang of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness

Gordi – Reservoir

Meg Mac – Low Blows

Methyl Ethel – Everything Is Forgotten

The Smith Street Band – More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me

Thundamentals – Everyone We Know

Vera Blue – Perennial

Double J Artist of the Year

Dan Sultan

Jen Cloher

Kardajala Kirridarra

Lance Ferguson

Paul Kelly

Unearthed Artist of the Year

Alex The Astronaut

Baker Boy

Confidence Man

Ruby Fields

Stella Donnelly

Australian Music Video of the Year, co-presented by Rage

A.B. Original – ‘Report To The Mist’ (Director – Josh Davis and Heath Kerr)

Client Liaison – ‘A Foreign Affair’ {Ft. Tina Arena} (Director – Tim White)

Jack River – ‘Fool’s Gold’ (Director – Matt Sav)

Kirin J Callinan – ‘Big Enough’ {Ft. Alex Cameron, Molly Lewis & Jimmy Barnes} (Director – Danny Cohen)

Methyl Ethel – ‘Ubu’ (Director – PAXI)


(Photos: Stella Donnelly by George Foster, Alex Lahey by Nadia Achilles, A.B. Original by Belinda Dipalo)