The likes of Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Kerryn Fields, Maple Glider and Mindy Meng Wang & Tim Shiel will perform at the much-anticipated event.
Music Victoria has just revealed the music lineup set to perform at the 2021 Music Victoria Awards for its return to the Melbourne Recital Centre stage this December and they haven’t disappointed.
Off the back of their stellar album ‘Under These Streets’ released back in September as part of the City Of Melbourne’s Flash Forward Festival, soul virtuosos Emma Donovan & The Putbacks will take to the stage alongside adored storyteller Kerryn Fields, heavenly singer-songwriter Maple Glider, and cinematic duo Mindy Meng Wang x Tim Shiel, who will perform some of their most beloved releases of the year to a live audience of music industry workers, music lovers and fellow nominees.
The key takeaways
- The Music Victoria Awards has announced its lineup for its December event
- The likes of Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Kerryn Fields, Maple Glider, and Mindy Meng Wang x Tim Shiel will take to the stage, with MC Myf Warhurst
- The Music Victoria Awards (previously known as The Age Music Victoria Awards) are an annual Awards program celebrating Victorian music.
Co-presented by PBS 106.7FM and RRR 102.7FM and taking place at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday 9 December as part of the Melbourne Music Week program, this will be the 17th year for the annual event, celebrating the Victorian music communities huge achievements despite facing one of their toughest times in history.
Once again broadcast on Channel 31 and live-streamed via Music Victoria’s Youtube Channel, the 2021 Music Victoria Awards ceremony will be hosted by none other than Australian music industry veteran Myf Warhurst, plus guest presenters including the likes of Helen Jennings OAM, Denise Hylands, Katie Pearson, Lisa McKinney, Annalee Koernig, Una McAlinden, Kene Lightfoot, Sarah Iman, Eyal Chipkiewicz, Chelsea Wilson, Rich Moffat, Zare Demus, Chris Pearson, Samira Farah, Caroline Bowditch and more to be announced.
Successful artists will be recognised for their 2021 achievements under the following public-voted banners: Best Album, Best Band, Best Song, Best Solo Artist, Best Musician, Best Breakthrough Act and Best Live Act, with winners receiving a slew of worthy prizes.
This year also includes the inaugural Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award (for deaf and disabled musicians) which will see the winner take home $3,000 cash sponsored by Arts Access Victoria and a rehearsal package from Bakehouse.
The industry-voted awards set to be revealed on the night include Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act, the Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent and a range of genre-specific awards such as Best Blues Album, Best Country Album, Best Electronic Act, Best Experimental or Avant-garde Act and more. You can view the full list of nominees below.
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It comes after a host of awards were given out at October’s standalone Industry Awards night. Here, Northcote Social Club won best Best Small Venue while Melbourne Recital Centre – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank took home the gong for Best Large Venue.
Other awards saw the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine honoured for Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venue (over 50 gigs per year) and the Vine Hotel in Wangaratta recognised for the same award but for venues hosting less than 50 gigs in a year.
Isol-Aid also won Best Festival, while Charlotte Abroms took out the Outstanding Woman in Music award, Eilish Gilligan was awarded Best Producer, and Kylie Minogue and PBS legend Pierre Baroni were honoured as Music Victoria Hall of Fame inductees.
Music Victoria Awards Nominees 2021 (industry-voted)
BEST BLUES ACT
Dan Dinnen & Shorty
Josh Teskey and Ash Grunwald
BEST COUNTRY ACT
Ben Mastwyk & His Millions
Georgia State Line
James Ellis & The Jealous Guys
Lachlan Bryan & the Wildes
The Weeping Willows
BEST ELECTRONIC ACT
BEST EXPERIMENTAL OR AVANT-GARDE ACT
Deborah Cheetham, Byron Scullin, Tom Supple
Red Wine and Sugar
BEST FOLK ACT
Charm of Finches
BEST HEAVY ACT
Divide and Dissolve
NICOLAS CAGE FIGHTER
BEST HIP HOP ACT
Man Made Mountain
BEST INTERCULTURAL ACT
Black Jesus Experience
Gelareh Pour’s Garden
BEST JAZZ ACT
Australian Art Orchestra
BEST POP ACT
BEST REGGAE AND DANCEHALL ACT
BEST PUNK/ROCK ACT
Plaster of Paris
BEST SOUL, FUNK, R’N’B OR GOSPEL ACT
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
BEST REGIONAL/OUTER SUBURBAN ACT
$3,000 cash (Sponsor: Bendigo Bank)
Bones and Jones
The Teskey Brothers
ARCHIE ROACH FOUNDATION AWARD FOR EMERGING TALENT (FOR FIRST NATIONS ACTS)
$3,000 cash (Sponsor: Archie Roach Foundation) and a rehearsal package (Sponsor: Bakehouse)
Madi Colville Walker
ARTS ACCESS VICTORIA AMPLIFY AWARD (FOR DEAF AND DISABLED ACTS)
$3,000 cash (Sponsor: Arts Access Victoria) and a rehearsal package (Sponsor: Bakehouse)
Music Victoria Awards Nominees 2021 (public-voted)
$5000 media package (Sponsor: Plakkit)
Alice Ivy – Don’t Sleep
The Avalanches – We Will Always Love You
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Crossover
Gordon Koang – Unity
Hiatus Kaiyote – Mood Valiant
$2,000 voucher to spend on Yamaha gear (Sponsor: Yamaha)
Emma Donovan and The Putbacks
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Alex Lahey & Gordi – Dino’s
Alice Skye – Party Tricks
The Avalanches – Wherever You Go
Geoffrey O’Connor & Jonnine – For As Long As I Can Remember
Hiatus Kaiyote – Red Room
BEST SOLO ARTIST
$1,000 voucher to spend on Yamaha gear (Sponsor: Yamaha)
Sampa the Great
BEST BREAKTHROUGH ACT
$1,000 value of custom-made merch (Sponsor: Sound Merch) and a rehearsal package (Sponsor: Bakehouse)
$1,000 voucher to spend on Yamaha gear (Sponsor: Yamaha)
Amanda Roff (Time For Dreams, Harmony)
Davey Lane (Solo, You Am I)
Erica Dunn (Tropical Fuck Storm, MOD CON)
Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos)
Mindy Meng Wang
Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote)
Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard)
BEST LIVE ACT
$3000 outdoor billboard package (Sponsor: Civic Outdoor)
Amyl and The Sniffers
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