Sycco and The Jungle Giants take top honors at the 2022 Queensland Music Awards

The Brisbane singer-songwriter Sycco has become the first person to win Song of the Year and the Pop Award back-to-back at the state’s revered Queensland Music Awards.

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Sycco, real name Sasha McLeod, picked up the accolades for her hit single My Ways at the awards show at Fortitude Music Hall last night, the same two awards she won in 2021.

After winning Song of the Year, Sycco said she couldn’t believe it saying she didn’t think it was a song people listened to.

The last artist to win the Pop Award and Song of the Year was Amy Shark in 2017, while Shark also won the Pop Award back to back in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

This year, local star Amy Shark released the best-selling album for Cry Forever.

Brisbane indie rock band The Jungle Giants have won the coveted Album of the Year for their new album Love Signs.

The Jungle Giants won album of the year.(Provided: Aimée Catt)

With the music industry still reeling from the grueling impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the best of the state’s music scene celebrated the best of the industry at the box office ceremony. closed.

The awards were held on the birthday of the late great Australian rock musician Billy Thorpe, with the $10,000 scholarship in his honor awarded to emerging talent Cloe Terare.

First Nations singer-songwriter Cloe Terare of Toowoomba, who also won last year’s regional award, said she wanted to use the scholarship to honor Billy Thorpe.

“In that spirit, I would also like to take a moment to pay tribute to my late grandfather who is an indigenous man and he taught me all about my culture and he also instilled in me this love of music,” said said Terare.

An image of Cloe Terare in white at the AMQ holding an award in front of the media wall with the AMQ logo
Emerging talent Cloe Terare has won this year’s Billy Thorpe Fellowship.(Provided: Aimée Catt)

Lifetime contribution honored

To celebrate the legacy of Mop & the Dropouts, father-daughter duo Jem and Troy Cassar-Daley performed the song by the band Brisbane Blacks, which received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Dennis ‘Mop’ Conlon wrote Brisbane Blacks – an honest and moving depiction of Aboriginal life in Queensland 40 years ago, after watching Aboriginal rights protests across Brisbane as the city drew world’s attention in hosting the Commonwealth Games.

The once-unrecognized band from Cherbourg had cemented their place in Australian history and influenced the next generation of Indigenous musicians and songwriters. ‘Mop’ Conlon’s son, also named Dennis Conlon, accepted the QMusic Lifetime Achievement Award last night on behalf of the band.

Conlon said that for his father, “the original Mop”, it was never about money or fame, but about bringing the indigenous people together.

“They wanted to build the identity of indigenous people…so they went ahead and wrote these songs, they didn’t want to be political but that’s how it happened…they wrote about what they knew,” he said.

An image of Jem Cassar-Daley on stage at QMA behind the music stand
Jem Cassar-Daley won the Indigenous Award for his hit Letting Go.(Provided: Simone Gorman-Clark)

This year, the awards had the most Indigenous nominees of any field, with Jem Cassar-Daley winning the Indigenous Music Award for her hit Letting Go.


Auslan performer Mikey Webb was a crowd favorite at the awards show, signing on for live performances.

Indigenous artist Miiesha has won the Soul/Funk/R&B Award for the second year in a row.

For his song God Take His Time on You, country rock singer-songwriter Casey Barnes won the country music award.

Keith Urban and P!nk’s hit One Too Many was the top-selling single.

Rapper-screamer Zheani was honored as Emerging Artist of the Year and won the Heavy Award.

Full list of winners

Pop: Sycco — My manners

Folk: Asha Jefferies — Crybaby

Hip Hop: iiiConic – OK

Music for Children: The Mini Moshers — New Shoes

Jazz: IMPULSE Orchestra — Sound figure

Soul/Funk/RNB: Miiesha — Designed for Silence

Rock: Waax — Most Hated Girl

Blues & Roots: Sue Ray — Take Me Away

Heavy: Zheani – F*** the Hollywood cult

Billy Thorpe Scholarship — Cloe Terare

Electronics: Natt Dunn, Hayden James, Gorgon City — Heavy Duty

An image of Sycco smiling on stage behind a music stand
Brisbane singer-songwriter Sycco celebrates two for two.(Provided: Simone Gorman-Clark)

World: Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra — Welcome to the Neighborhood: Taiwan (就當家裡)

Contemporary Classic: Corrina Bonshek — Dreams of the Earth

Youth: Paulina — Parasite

Emerging Artist of the Year: Zheani

Country: Casey Barnes – God took his time for you

Indigenous: Jem Cassar-Daley — Letting Go

Regional/Away: Nat Dunn, Hayden James, Gorgon City — Ironclad

Video: Marcario De Souza, Allan Hardy, Dayna Yates, Cam Pianta, Tyson Lloyd, Kelly Holden – Every Time – Example with What So Not & Lucy Lucy

Song of the Year: Sycco — My Ways

Album of the Year: The Jungle Giants — Love Signs

Best Selling Single: Keith Urban with P!nk — One Too Many

Best-Selling Album: Amy Shark—Cry Forever

QMusic Lifetime Achievement Award: Mop & The Dropouts

Innovation Award: 4ZZZ