From 2006 – 2010, the annual Q Song Awards received close to 8000 entries and highlighted some fantastic Queensland talent including Kate Miller-Heidke, Kev Carmody, Bernard Fanning, The Grates, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Emma Louise, My Fiction and The John Steel Singers to name a few.

In 2011, Q Song evolved into the Queensland Music Awards. The inaugural Queensland Music Awards saw new category additions including Album of the Year, Most Popular Male, Most Popular Female, Most Popular Group and the Export Achievement Award. The awards night format also changed to a sit down location at The Old Museum – which was a hugely successful sold out event.

Over the years the awards have also been held at The Tivoli. 2015 saw the event find a new home at the Brisbane Powerhouse with new presenting partners Hutchinson Builders & Bank of Queensland. 2016 recognised the commercial success of Queensland artists with two new categories: Highest-selling album and Highest-selling single allowing the ceremony to recognise the brightest emerging talent, right through to the state's best-known international successes.

The Queensland Music Awards continues the Q Song legacy of recognising excellence in songwriting, providing a platform for artists to catapult their careers onto a national stage.



In 2017 the Queensland Music Awards will be presented by BOQ and Hutchinson Builders, and produced by QMusic with support from APRA AMCOS.