Following ongoing reports of systemic bullying, discrimination, and misconduct under Handlin’s leadership at Sony Music Entertainment, Queensland's peak music industry body QMusic has revoked Handlin's 2020 Honorary Award.
Before the 2021 Queensland Music Awards Ceremony kicked off, Brisbane indie rock band, The Jungle Giants, unveiled their plaque for 2020 Queensland Music Awards Song of the Year, ‘Heavy Hearted’.
The Jungle Giants – comprising Sam Hales on vocals/guitar, Cesira Aitken on lead guitar, Andrew Dooris on bass guitar/backing vocals and Keelan Bijker on drums/trombone – formed in Brisbane at Mansfield State High School in 2011 and have since become a mainstay in the Australian indie music scene.
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. It's a mixed bag of megastars and indie legends, from The Bee Gees and Savage Garden to The Saints, The Go-Betweens, Regurgitator and Powderfinger.
Since 2006 a host of breakthrough Queensland acts have earned their place among these icons. Amy Shark, Violent Soho, Ball Park Music, Cub Sport, Emma Louise, Hungry Kids of Hungary and CLEA have all been honoured through the #ValleyWalkofFame initiative after winning the QMA Song of the Year. Winners of the previously awarded Published Song of the Year (2006-2010) are also represented.
“It’s an absolute honour to be receiving a Song of the year plaque for Heavy Hearted at the QLD music awards. I grew up looking at these things and wouldn’t have believed I’d have one, one day. Mums gunna flip,”Sam Hales of The Jungle Giants.
Song of the Year Winner, QMA 2020
The Jungle Giants join other Queensland acts who have earned their place on the Brunswick Street Mall through the QMusic QMAs Song of the Year Award including Clea, Amy Shark, Violent Soho, Ball Park Music, Cub Sport and Emma Louise.
Today’s plaque unveiling on the coveted pavement outside of The Fortitude Music Hall, located in the heart of Brisbane’s entertainment precinct on Fortitude Valley’s Brunswick Street Mall
“The Fort” as the locals affectionately call it, pays special homage to the iconic venues of Brisbane’s past. The Valley Walk of Fame, a monument to some of Queensland’s best-loved musical talent, leads you into The Fortitude Music Hall, and honours some of the state’s homegrown music deities with a series of bronze plaques including Powderfinger, The Saints, The Go-Betweens, The Bee Gees, Savage Garden and Regurgitator.
The Billy Thorpe Scholarship returns for 2022, providing the opportunity for an emerging artist to receive $10,000, record with an established producer, and receive career planning from Chugg Entertainment. Applications close 11:59 (AEST) 21 October 2021.
Are you ready to make Queensland music history? Queensland’s 2022 music award season begins with nominations now open for artists and filmmakers who released songs and music videos between 1 Dec 2020 and 30 Nov 2021!
Queensland music history was made under the decadent chandeliers of the Fortitude Music Hall as some 700 musicians, industry and local music lovers gathered at the sold-out Queensland Music Awards for a well-deserved celebration of the state’s best new music over the last 12 months.