Barkaa | Credit: Luke Currie-Richardson

The National Indigenous Music Awards are returning to Larrakia Country, taking over Darwin’s iconic Amphitheatre for the first live NIMAs ceremony in two years.

More than 20 talented First Nations artists have been nominated for the 2022 Awards, including BARKAA, Thelma Plum and Baker Boy, while King Stingray and Thelma Plum will lead the live line-up on August 6.

With COVID-19 forcing the postponement of last year’s live event, NIMA Creative Director Ben Graetz said he’s thrilled to have the NIMAs back in real life.

“After a two year hiatus it’s very exciting to be bringing the NIMAs back to the Darwin Amphitheatre on Larrakia Country,” he said.

“I’m thrilled to see such an extraordinary list of finalists this year and cannot wait for live performances from some of our most powerful First Nations musicians such as Thelma Plum and Emma Donovan. This year is all about coming together and celebrating as one big community.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now, via the ticket link at

NIMA Creative Director Ben Graetz chats to NIRS News


Thelma Plum

Artist of the Year

Kid Laroi

Jessica Mauboy

Baker Boy

Electric Fields

Thelma Plum

King Stingray

Song of the Year

Backseat of My Mind – Thelma Plum

Made For Silence – Miiesha

Milkumana – King Stingray

Sometime – Mo Ju

King Brown – Barkaa

Album of the Year

Baker Boy – Gela

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Under These Streets

Jem Cassar-Daley – I Don’t Know Who to Call

Birdz – Legacy

Dallas Woods – Julie’s Boy

Archie Roach – My songs 1989 – 2021

Film Clip of the Year

Love Too Soon – Tasman Keith

King Brown – Barkaa

Blak Matriarchy – Barkaa

My Mind – Baker Boy

Automatic – Jessica Mauboy

New Talent of the Year


Jem Cassar-Daley

Kootsie Don

Tilly Tjala Thomas



Community Clip of the Year

Koori Mob – Our Country, Our Life – Desert Pea Media

Gumbaynggirr Collective – Through the Smoke – Desert Pea Media

Doomadgee, QLD – Where We Wanna Be – Indigenous Outreach Project

Numbulwar, NT – Loud & Proud – Indigenous Outreach Project

Ballarat, VIC – Don’t Give Up On Yourself – Indigenous Outreach Project