Finalists for this year’s coveted National Indigenous Music Awards have been chosen, as well as the line-up for the live performances of the ceremony, and other artists will be announced soon. More than twenty talented artists have been nominated as the best in First Nations music, with winners to be chosen under the stars at the Darwin Amphitheater on August 6.
After two years of canceled live performances, this massive celebration of Indigenous music is back to celebrate in person with the community. Previously announced artists Thelma Plum and King Stingray will be joined on stage by a host of deadly talent from Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Birdz & Fred Leone, Yirrmal and J-MILLA.
Topping the list of this year’s finalists is BARKAA, the Malyangapa and Barkindji wife and fast-rising star with four NIMA nominations. Known for her hard-hitting rap tracks, BARKAA was a contender for her songs “King Brown” and “Black Matriarchy,” and New Talent of the Year.
This is followed with three Yolngu man Baker Boy nominations for his debut album, Gela, and his track ‘My Mind’. He is also up for Artist of the Year.
Among the brightest lights in the nation’s entertainment industry, the list of nominees also includes previous finalists and winners The Kid Laroi, Jessica Mauboy, Electric Fields, King Stingray, Miiesha, Mo’Ju, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks , Birdz, Dallas Woods, Archie Roach, Tasman Keith and Tilly Tjala Thomas. Xavier Rudd, Jem Cassar-Daley, Lil Kootsie, Dobby and dameeeela receive their very first nominations. Listen to the nominee’s playlist now, on Amazon Music.
They will each be up for the coveted titles of Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Music Video of the Year, New Talent of the Year and Community Clip of the Year in a huge year. for First Nations s.
With COVID-19 forcing the postponement of last year’s live event in Darwin, NIMAs have teamed up with triple j and its First Nations show, Blak Out, to create a two-hour special. This year, for the first time since 2019, the ceremony will be able to take place safely in person.
“After a two-year hiatus, it is very exciting to bring NIMA back to the Darwin Amphitheater on the Land of Larrakia,” said NIMA Creative Director Ben Graetz, “I am thrilled to see such an extraordinary list of finalists this year and look forward to live performances from some of our most powerful Indigenous musicians such as Thelma Plum and Emma Donovan & The Putbacks. This year is all about coming together and celebrating as one great community.
Tickets for the event are on sale now, via the ticketing link at nima.musicnt.com.au. NIMAs are supported by the Northern Territory Government and the Australian Council for the Arts in association with the Darwin Festival.
song of the year
Backseat Of My Mind – Thelma Plum
Made for Silence – Miiesha
Milkumana – King Stingray
Sometimes – Mo Ju
Ball and Chain – Xavier Rudd
album of the year
Baker Boy – Gela
Emma Donovan & the Putbacks – Beneath These Streets
Jem Cassar-Daley – I don’t know who to call
Birdz – Legacy
Dallas Woods – Julie’s Boy
Archie Roach – My Songs 1989 – 2021
Movie clip of the year
Love Too Soon – Tasman Keith
Matriarchy blak – Barkaa
My Mind – Baker Boy
Automatic – Jessica Mauboy
New talent of the year
Jem Cassar Daley
Tilly Tjala Thomas
Community Clip of the Year
Koori Mob – Our Country, Our Life – Desert Pea Media
Gumbaynggirr Collective – Through the Smoke – Desert Pea Media
Doomadgee, QLD – Where We Want To Be – Aboriginal Outreach Project
Numbulwar, NT – Loud & Proud – Aboriginal Outreach Project
Ballarat, VIC – Don’t Give Up On Yourself – Aboriginal Outreach Project