The 2018 Queensland Music Awards will spotlight a new wave of songwriters alongside established names with today’s announcement of finalists spread far across the state.
Following her new single and debut album announce, Amy Shark leads the pack alongside The Jungle Giants, both with three nominations, followed closely by dual nominees WAAX, Tia Gostelow, The Kite String Tangle, Cub Sport, Eleea and King Social.
Best Pop Song, traditionally the sunshine state’s strongest category, is this year proving no exception, with the nominee list featuring Amy Shark for ‘Weekends’, Cub Sport’s ‘Chasin’, Sheppard with ‘Coming Home’ and The Jungle Giants’ hit ‘Feel The Way I Do’.
Battling it out for Best Rock Song are Brisbane’s hometown heroes DZ Deathrays and Jeremy Neale together with first-time nominees WAAX and the Gold Coast’s Landings.
The GC continues to deliver, with newcomers Eliza & The Delusionals, Harry J Hart, and Eleea receiving their debut nominations alongside previous QMA winners Amy Shark, Karl S Williams and Doolie.
FNQ is represented with four nominations, including Cairns-based Hip-Hop/Rap nominee VEXED and emerging songwriter Greta Stanley, Kuranda’s Soul/Funk/R’n’B soloist Mayah, and Schools Award nominees Legends of Perhaps, the sibling four-piece from Cooktown.
Also announced today is the 2018 Album of the Year shortlist featuring The Jungle Giants (Quiet Ferocity), The Creases (Tremolow), Cub Sport (BATS), The Kite String Tangle (The Kite String Tangle) and Airling (Hard to Sleep, Easy to Dream).
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As with every QMAs, this year's celebrations wouldn't be complete without live music! The 2018 ceremony will feature special performances from finalists WAAX, Brad Butcher, Carmouflage Rose, Jeremy Neale, The Kite String Tangle, May Lyn & Greta Stanley.
The celebrations take place on Monday 14 May at the awards new home, the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds. Tickets are on sale now!
It’s been a huge 12 months for Queensland album releases, and our QMA Judges were given the hard task of whittling down the seemingly endless list of high-calibre records to just 5 finalists.