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THE STATE’S BEST MUSICIANS ARE HONOURED AT 2022 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS

April 4, 2022

Talented Queensland singer-songwriter Sycco is a formidable musical force, winning both Song of The Year and Pop awards for 'My Ways' at the 2022 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs).

It was an impressive encore performance for the Brisbane-based musician and producer who also took out both categories at the 2021 QMAs.

She was among dozens of musicians honoured at the sold-out 2022 QMAs, held tonight under the glittering chandeliers of The Fortitude Music Hall.

Hosted by Katherine Feeney and Michael Tuahine, more than 500 guests applauded winners in 26 award categories and enjoyed surprise performances from The Jungle Giants, Troy and Jem Cassar-Daley, Sachem, Zheani, Cloe Terare and Felivand.

Also nabbing two awards was Capricornia’s Zheani with the fairy-electronica-screamo-rapper winning the Heavy category and the triple j Unearthed Emerging Artist of The Year award.

The Jungle Giants won the coveted Album of The Year award for their ARIA chart-topping LP Love Signs, celebrating with a performance of the album's titular track.

The other show-stopping performance of the night came from Troy Cassar-Daley and Jem Cassar-Daley, who received the Indigenous award for her debut single, 'Letting Go'.

The father-daughter duo covered Brisbane Blacks, an iconic protest song written by Mop and The Dropouts’ Dennis Conlon, who received the QMusic Lifetime Achievement Award for his important work in using music to draw attention to racism and oppression experienced by First Australians.

Toowoomba pop/RnB artist Cloe Terare won the coveted Billy Thorpe Scholarship, following the release of her debut EP, Burn Book.

The six-track release sees Cloe channel femininity and confidence across songs she dedicated to her late grandfather Garth Terare, an Indigenous leader and Blak music community pioneer.

Selected by a panel of judges and Billy’s widow, Lynn Thorpe, the Scholarship has supported emerging musicians for the past 14 years and grants the winner $10,000 to record their next release along with career planning advice from Chugg Entertainment.

In a reversal of last year’s trophies, Amy Shark won the Highest Selling Album award for her second studio album Cry Forever, while Keith Urban received the Highest Selling Single award for smash-hit 'One Too Many' featuring P!NK – the US megastar making her QMAs debut.

Other winners included Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra in the World category with 'Welcome To The Neighbourhood: Taiwan (就當家裡)'; Casey Barnes in Country for 'God Took His Time On You' and Ghana-born, Brisbane-based iiiConic in Hip Hop with 'Okay'.

WAAX swept the Rock category with 'Most Hated Girl', their first single since acclaimed debut LP Big Grief, and after a bumper 2021 QMAs, Miiesha continued to impress with her RnB win for 'Made For Silence'.

While a panel of expert industry judges decide most QMAs categories, the People's Choice Awards hand the power to music’s diverse, enthusiastic and colourful community of fans.

The trio of popular vote awards identify organisers, events and venues that have gone above and beyond to deliver an exceptional experience to patrons.

Both Metropolitan Venue of The Year and Regional Venue of The Year were awarded to the 2021 defending champions – The Tivoli and NightQuarter on the Sunshine Coast, respectively.

The 2022 Festival of The Year was awarded to a newcomer: the Airlie Beach Festival of Music.

The 2022 Queensland Music Awards is produced by QMusic which is supported by the Queensland Government.

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About Queensland Music Awards

Celebrating our brightest emerging artists and established legends, the Queensland MusicAwards (QMAs) is an annual state-wide search for Queensland’s best new music. The Queensland Music Awards recognises the diverse people and places that make contemporary popular music an invaluable part of our state's cultural heritage.

With over 13,000 songs submitted since its inception in 2006 (then known as 'QSong'), theQMAs are judged by more than 100 top music industry professionals from all over the country giving finalists and winners the opportunity to catapult their careers into national significance.

The QMAs have spotlighted and unearthed a pantheon of Queensland music greats, including Kate Miller-Heidke, Bernard Fanning, Amy Shark, Sheppard, Violent Soho and The Kite StringTangle, to name a few. 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, Queensland music history is made with 30+ awards announced at a prestigious ceremony and the Song of the Year immortalised in a plaque on Fortitude Valley's Walk of Fame in the Brunswick Street Mall.

About QMusic

QMusic is Queensland’s music industry development association. The work of QMusic is critical to the success of Queensland’s contemporary music economy. It is the only significant and established not-for-profit organisation in Queensland dedicated to delivering sector development and major music events including the Queensland Music Awards and BIGSOUND to stimulate and grow the state’s music sector.

2022 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

BLUES | ROOTS
Sue Ray – Take Me Away

CHILDREN’S MUSIC
The Mini Moshers – New Shoes

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL
Corrina Bonshek – Dreams Of The Earth

COUNTRY
Casey Barnes – God Took His Time On You

ELECTRONIC
Nat Dunn, Hayden James, Gorgon City – Foolproof

FOLK
Asha Jefferies – Crybaby

HEAVY
Zheani – Fuck The Hollywood Cult

HIP HOP
iiiConic – Okay

INDIGENOUS
Jem Cassar-Daley – Letting Go

JAZZ
IMPULSE Orchestra – Sonorous Figurine

POP
Sycco – My Ways

ROCK
WAAX – Most Hated Girl

SOUL | FUNK | RNB
Miiesha – Made For Silence

WORLD
Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra – Welcome To The Neighbourhood: Taiwan (就當家裡)

YOUTH (AGES 10 – 17)
Paulina – Parasite

REGIONAL / REMOTE
Nat Dunn, Hayden James, Gorgon City – Foolproof

VIDEO
Macario De Souza & Allan Hardy – Every Single Time | Example (Ft. What So Not & Lucy Lucy)

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Zheani

2022 BILLY THORPE SCHOLARSHIP
Cloe Terare

HIGHEST SELLING ALBUM
Amy Shark – Cry Forever

HIGHEST SELLING SINGLE
Keith Urban – One Too Many

2022 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

METROPOLITAN VENUE OF THE YEAR
The Tivoli

REGIONAL VENUE OF THE YEAR
NightQuarter

FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
Airlie Beach Festival of Music

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