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Celebrating their 15th Anniversary this year, The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) have unveiled their 2018 frontrunners, with two Queensland acts recognised among the list of finalists.
Rising star Emily Wurramara has scored a nomination for Album of the Year for her stunning LP Milyakburra in addition to being a finalist in the Best New Talent category. Earlier this year Wurramara claimed her second consecutive Queensland Music Awards win, taking home the Indigenous Award again after her first ever win in 2017.
Meanwhile, local folk favourites Busby Marou are in the running for Song of the Year for their track Days of Gold. The band will also take to the stage at the iconic Darwin Amphitheatre to perform at the NIMA ceremony, to be held Saturday, 11 August.
A highlight on the Australian music industry calendar since its inception in 2004 (as the NT Indigenous Music Awards), the NIMAs celebrate the massive achievements of Indigenous musicians, which this year included multiple #1 albums, nation tours, TV and Eurovision appearances, spots on the Hottest 100 and countless festival appearances around the country.
“The growth in the National Indigenous Music Awards has mirrored the growth of Indigenous music more generally over the last fifteen years,” said NIMA reference group chair Warren H. Williams.
“As our musicians have continued their journey of taking their rightful place at the forefront of Australian music, the awards have been there not just to celebrate their successes, but to be a launching pad for new talent and discovery vehicle for musicians, whether they are from Darwin, Devonport, Derby, Dubbo or the Daintree.”
Click below to see the full list of finalists and lineup of performers.
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