The QMAs recognise the diverse people and places that make contemporary popular music an invaluable part of our state's cultural heritage. We invite all Queenslanders to celebrate the artists, industry leaders, festivals and live music venues that keep the joy of music alive in our communities.
Winning a QMA is a key milestone in the career of many successful Queensland artists. Look back at the past winners of the QMAs and you'll see a host of names that have gone on to forge careers that made us proud.
The 2018 QMAs was the next evolution in the fabled history of the event. Following a wonderful three years at Brisbane Powerhouse, the awards night moved to a new gala format, courtesy of the RNA Convention Centre. We'll also recognise a more diverse group of contributors to Queensland music, including: Live Music Festival of the Year, Live Music Venue of the Year (Metro), Live Music Venue of the Year (Regional).
Over 11,000 songs have been submitted for judging since the inception of the QMAs in 2006 (then known as 'QSong'). Regional Queensland artists have had a disproportionate level of success over the years, proving that our brightest talents are spread far and wide.
The QMAs have spotlighted or unearthed a pantheon of Queensland music greats, including Kate Miller-Heidke, Bernard Fanning, The Grates, Hungry Kids of Hungary and Emma Louise. They've also recognised the chart-topping success of artists like Keith Urban and the Veronicas, and the lifelong contributions of the Bee Gees, Carol Lloyd, Ed Kuepper and Grant McLennan.
Each year, the QMA Song of the Year is immortalised in a plaque on Fortitude Valley's Walk of Fame in the Brunswick Street Mall. 2019 will see another 29 award winners enter Queensland music history. We invite you to be part of this special night.
After a wonderful three years at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland music’s night of nights will be moving to a new home courtesy of Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC), Brisbane Showgrounds.
The Valley Walk of Fame is a monument to some of Queensland’s best-loved musical talent; the state’s homegrown music deities enshrined in a series of bronze plaques in the Brunswick Street Mall.