For their belter of a tune ‘Like Soda’ Violent Soho picked up Song of the Year and the Rock Award. Brisbane four-piece Blank Realm, on the other hand, landed the Album of the Year award for the effervescent Illegals In Heaven. Both bands, nationally renowned in their own right, were indicative of the sheer volume and exceptional quality of acts taking part in the award night, held at Brisbane Powerhouse.
The night’s festivities were hosted by triple j’s Gen Fricker, who kept the laughs frequent, the silences to a minimum, and the energy of the room at an entertaining level. Performing were indie-psych compatriots The Belligerents, who upped the anti with a sonically-charged rendition of In My Way, and Indigenous award nominee Emily Wurramura with an intimate performance of Black Smoke.
Taking out the Indigenous category, as well as the prestigious $10,000 Billy Thorp Scholarship – supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland – was up-and-comer Luke Daniel Peacock. It’s a name that we will only be hearing more of in years to come.
Other award winners included Sheppard with the Export Achievement Award, Jarryd James who received the Highest Selling Single award, and The Veronicas, whose self-titled release won the Highest Selling Album Category.
Fuelled by Queensland’s colourful music and arts scenes, the night proved to be a massive success.
To view the full list of award winners visit http://www.qmusic.com.au/qldmusicawards/2016/