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Queensland's ARIA Contenders

Nominations for the 2018 ARIA Awards have been revealed, and there's plenty of local acts in the running!

Following up two wins from six nominations last year, Gold Coast's Amy Shark goes into this year's ARIAs with a staggering nine nominations. The singer-songwriter is in the running for Apple Music Album Of The Year, Best Australian Live Act, Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release, Best Video, Apple Music Song Of The Year, Producer Of The Year, Engineer Of The Year and Best Cover Art. She's had huge success with her 2x platinum single I Said Hi and her critically acclaimed debut album Love Monster, which came in at #1 on the ARIA Album Charts.

Brisbane party-thrash legends DZ Deathrays have picked up their third Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album nomination for their latest album Bloody Lovely. They'll be among the favourites to take out the award - they've won it every time they've been nominated so far, taking the ARIA home in 2012 for Bloodstreams and again in 2014 for Black Rat.

Rising star Emily Wurramara is in the running for her first ever ARIA, nominated for Best Blues & Roots Album. It's the latest in a long list of accolades for the singer-songwriter, who earlier this year took out her second consecutive Queensland Music Awards win and has also just been announced as a finalist in the APRA Screen Music Awards.

Other local acts in the running include Sheppard whose track Coming Home is up for the public voted Apple Music Song Of The Year and Brisbane indie-pop favourites and DIY masters Ball Park Music, who picked up three nominations in the Artisan Awards categories for Best Cover Art (designed by guitarist Dean Hanson) Best Engineer (frontman Sam Cromack) and Best Producer (for the band's acclaimed, self-produced album Good Mood).

Check out all the 2018 ARIA Awards nominees below!

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