Christine Anu was a double winner on the second annual Australian Women In Music Awards on Wednesday night time (Oct. 9), whereas Joy Mckean, Mojo Juju, Alice Skye, Caroline Almonte, Ange McCormack and Katie Noonan additionally took residence prizes.

Anu, the “My Island Home” singer, collected AWMAs for inventive excellence and variety in music award, whereas Fremantle, Western Australia photographer and music video professional Tashi Hall was the night time’s different multiple-winner, incomes the photographer and movie maker awards. 

In a video tribute shot backstage at a latest live performance, a teary Anu stated she “I’m humbled to be recognized” with the variety award. “This very thing is about opening doors for the next generation.”

The hotly-contested songwriter class was taken out by Mojo Juju for her critically-lauded third album Native Tongue. The politically-charged artist paid homage to her fellow-finalists. “I wouldn’t have had the braveness to put in writing an album like Native Tongue with out Ngaiire and Thelma (Plum) in our trade,” she stated.

Now in its second yr, the AMWAs shines a light-weight on ladies throughout all sides and intersects of the music trade. Trailblazing music govt and AWMAs founding govt director & govt producer Vicki Gordon addressed the viewers at Brisbane’s Powerhouse: “Tonight you are in the right place….you are with your people, welcome.” 

The occasion’s mission and the two-days of information-rich content material programming constructed round it, Gordon added, was to “lead with generosity.”

The Seekers’ singer Judith Durham was inducted into the AWMAs Honour Roll, becoming a member of Helen Reddy within the particular circle, whereas Joy Mckean acquired the lifetime achievement award and delivered one of many night time’s most entertaining speeches, throughout which she paid tribute to her late husband Slim Dusty. “I by no means thought it might occur. An awards night time for us,” she laughed. “I never thought I’d see the day.”

The so-called “grand lady of Australian country music,” Mckean is an excellent Australian songwriter and bush balladeers, writing a lot of Dusty’s best-known hits. She’s additionally one of many founders of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA).

“I’m so pleased with the progress of country music in Australia and the fact women are playing such a big part in it,” she enthused. ”Women now are writing what they need to write and they’re singing it loud and clear.”

Also on the night time, Alice Skye took out the AWMA rising artist award; legendary singer Katie Noonan, who just lately accomplished a stint as inventive director for Queensland Music Festival, nabbed the artistic management award; and one-time X Factor Australia champ, Eurovision rep and philanthropist Dami Im took residence the humanitarian award.

All instructed, 15 AWMAs have been handed out on the night time, together with three new award classes for excellence in classical music, music journalism and picture making, with winners chosen by a panel of trade professionals. 

Performers included Renée Geyer, Katie Noonan, Clare Bowditch and Ngaiire.


The Calile Hotel Artistic Excellence Award
Christine Anu
Scenestr Creative Leadership Award
Katie Noonan
Ssi Diversity In Music Award
Christine Anu
Awma Emerging Artist Award
Alice Skye
Awma Excellence In Classical Music Award
Caroline Almonte
Sun Studios Excellence In Image Making Award
Melaine Knight
Canon Australia Film Maker Award
Tashi Hall
Cicada International Humanitarian Award
Dami Im
AWMA Lifetime Achievement Award
Joy Mckean, OAM
Frontier Touring & Chugg Entertainment Live Production Award
Laurie May
Twitter Australia Music Journalist Award
Ange McCormack
AWMA Music Leadership Award
Sue Telfer

Canon Australia Music Photographer Award
Tashi Hall
APRA AMCOS Songwriter Award
Mojo Juju

Goa Studio Production Award
Virginia Read

AWMA Honour Roll
Judith Durham

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