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 2020 QMAs will be taking place at the decadent Fortitude Music Hall. It will be a night of celebrating great Queensland music under the chandeliers! We'll also recognise a more diverse group of contributors to Queensland music, including Remote songwriting talent.
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. 2020 will see another 23 award winners enter Queensland music history. We invite you to be part of this special night.
Brisbane singer songwriter Clea has been celebrated in Fortitude Valley today with the unveiling of her 2019 Queensland Music Awards Song of the Year plaque for her single 'Dreaming'.