The winners of the 2022 AIR Awards have been announced, celebrating the success of Independent Aussie music

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The winners of the 2022 AIR Awards have been announced, celebrating the success of Independent Aussie music


The 2022 AIR Awards pay respect to a worthy selection of the past year’s most talented musicians, representing a diverse range of styles and genre.

The 2022 AIR Awards were held live and completely in person last night, Thursday August 4th, for the first time in 2 years, to celebrate the success of the Australian Independent Music sector, with performances from Jesswar, Telenova, Teenage Joans, Jaguar Jonze, and Andrew Swift.

Dylan Lewis, winner of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here 2022 and long-time AIR Awards Master of Ceremonies, was joined by Jessica Braithwaite as co-host for another great night. Genesis Owusu owned the night with 3 trophies for Best Independent Hip Hop Album or EP, Independent Album of the Year and Independent Song of the Year for Smiling With No Teeth.

And the winners of the 2022 AIR Awards are …

  • Best Independent Label – I Oh You
  • Independent Album of the Year – Genesis Owusu, Smiling With No Teeth 
  • Independent Song of the Year – Genesis Owusu, ‘Smiling With No Teeth’
  • Best Independent Soul/RnB Album or EP – Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Under These Sheets
  • Best Independent Country Album or EP – Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham, The Song Club
  • Best Independent Blues and Roots Album or EP – Liz Stringer, First Time Really Feeling
  • Best Independent Pop Album or EP – Big Scary, Daisy 
  • Best Independent Rock Album or EP – Courtney Barnett, Things Take Time, Take Time
  • Best Independent Classical Album or EP – Genevieve Lacey / Marshall McGuire, Bower
  • 2022 Outstanding Achievement Award (Sponsored by Merlin) – Warren Costello
  • Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year (Presented by PPCA) – Telenova
  • Best Independent Dance or Electronica Album or EP – Flight Facilities, Forever
  • Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single – SHOUSE, Love Tonight (David Guetta remix)
  • Best Independent Jazz Album or EP – Hiatus Kaiyote, Mood Valiant
  • Best Independent Punk Album or EP – Amyl and the Sniffers, Comfort to Me
  • Best Independent Heavy Album or EP – Wolf & Cub, Dusk at the Watagan Forest Motel
  • Best Independent Children’s Album or EP – The Wiggles, Lullabies With Love


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AIR CEO, Maria Amato commented – “Congratulations to all the nominees and winners tonight. It was great to come together to celebrate the success of the vibrant and resilient indie sector! We thank the South Australian department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the Music Development office, Tourism SA and Events SA for being our major sponsor and extend thanks to our supporting partners and label members for their continued support.”

Find out more about the AIR Awards by heading here.