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QMusic Announces 2016 Nominees & Live Performances


The 2016 Q Music Awards (QMAs) are quickly approaching! The judges have unveiled this year’s nominees and live performances, set to appear at the Brisbane Powerhouse this March.

The QMAs aim to recognize the extensive musical artistry that has emerged from Queensland, and with 15 different award categories and nominees chosen from over 50 judges, no talent will go unnoticed.

Eves The Behavior is an exciting, young emerging artist who tops the list of most nominations this year with three noms over two different categories – Best Pop Song with TV and two nods for Best Music Video; one for TV and the other for Electrical.

Brisbane is known for producing some heavy hitting rock bands, so it’s no surprise that bands like Violent Soho, Velociraptor, The Belligerents, and WE ALL WANT TO received nods from the QMA judges this year.

Along with discovering a plethora of artists worthy of nominations, the QMAs also do a great job of showcasing some of Queensland’s shiniest stars. We can expect to see live performances from the indie-psych band The Belligerents, Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter Ayla, seven-piece hip-hop group Astro Travellers, and the soulful Standby Empire, just to name a few.

The yearly Bank of Queensland People’s Choice Awards will also be presented, with the Queensland population deciding which artists are most deserving of becoming 2016’s Most Promising Female, Most Promising Male, and Most Promising Songwriting Team. The nominees for the People’s Choice categories will be announced on Monday 22 February.  Voting will be open to the public later this month.

2016 Queensland Music Awards – Nominees

Best Pop Song

Amy Shark – Golden Fleece
Athena Joy – Blue
Eves The Behavior – TV
Georgia Mae – Keeper Of The Key

Best Rock Song

Velociraptor – Dollarmite
The Belligerents – In My Way
Violent Soho – Like Soda
WE ALL WANT TO – Remove The Arrow

Best Electronic/Dance Song

The Kite String Tangle & Dustin Tebbutt – Illuminate
Mosaïc – Animal (feat. Ashlee Minto)
Standby Empire – Tenderness
Avaberée – Can’t Get You Off My Mind

Best Blues/Roots Song

Bearfoot – Impolite
Deena – Turpentine
Pete Cullen – Leaky Boots
TJ Wild – To The Rain

Best Heavy Song

Balloons Kill Babies – Patches In The Sky
Caligula’s Horse – Marigold
Dark Symphonica – Estrella
The Steady As She Goes – No One Will Care When You Die

Best Jazz Song

Berardi/Foran/Karlen – Hope In My Pocket
Joshua Hatcher Quintet – Forgotten Languages
Joshua Hatcher Quintet – The Room Next Door
Matts Mates – Sober

Best Schools-Based Song

Hannah McLeod – Young
The Gowrie Boys – Won’t Let You Go
Winchester – Say It Brutha’

Best Indigenous Song

Emily Wurramara – Black Smoke
Robbie Miller & Nathan Morrison – The Pain
Luke Peacock – Fruits Of Our Labour

Best Urban Song

The Brains Trust – Worst Kind Of Girl
ALI The GREAT – Trophy
Astro Travellers – Move Actively
INIGO – Constant Beat

Best Country Song

Brad Butcher – Jamestown
Dana Gehrman – Under The Wire
Sian Evans – Cold Feet
Dana Hassall – Spinning Wheels

Best World Song

MZAZA – Nightwatch
Sol – A Mente Humana
Soniclines – Do Da Da Day
Spirit Of Bhakti – Open Door

Best Folk Song

Angharad Drake – Water
Jordan Pineda – One Day
Jordan Pineda & Olivia Dennis – Heard & Hand (feat. LIVVIA)
Sahara Beck – Mother Mother

Best Children’s Song

Candice Dianna – Mamma’s Coming Home
The Kangagang – Kangaroo Dance A Roo
The Kangagang – K.O.A.L.A
Cilla Slack – We Are Farmers

Best Regional Song

Ayla – Waiting
Greta Stanley – Bedroom City
Paul Cowderoy – Wet Hessian Bag
The Gowrie Boys – Won’t Let You Go

Best Music Video

Eves The Behavior – TV
Eves The Behavior – Electrical
Last Dinosaurs – Apollo
MKO SUN – Black Seaweed

Most Promising Male

Finley Miller
Joseph Agius (The Creases)
Timothy Wild
Jordan Pineda
Paddy Creamer (Dark Decorum)
Will Anderson

Most Promising Female

Inigo (Erin Fitzsimon)
Georgia Mae
Athena Joy (Hannah Luke)
Hannah McLeod

Most Promising Songwriting Team

Dark Symphonica
Standby Empire

The 2016 Queensland Music Awards will return the Brisbane Powerhouse on Monday 21 March and will be hosted by adored radio comedian Gen Fricker from triple j.

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