The 2023 Queensland Music Awards were last night, with Indigenous artists winning it big across a wide array of catagories.
Gamilaraay singer-songwriter Thelma Plum won the big one, winning song of the year and the pop award for her song “Back Seat of My Mind” from her critically acclaimed Meanjin EP.
Per tradition, the song will be immortalised on a plague in Fortitude Valley’s walk of fame in the Brunswick Street Mall.
It was also another strong year for First Nation’s artist Sycco taking the electronic music award for her indie pop song “Ripple” following last year’s gongs in both the song of the year and pop award for her song “My Ways.”
Indigenous Artists continued to win big in the Soul/Funk/RNB category with artist Miiesha taking the award home
Other winners include Brisbane indie rock legends Ballpark Music with their sixth studio album “Weirder & Wilder” winning album of the year.
Queensland Music CEO Kris Stewart said he is always blown away by the music coming out of the state
“We are so incredibly proud of the last year of music in Queensland.
From epic stories of identity, like Thelma Plum’s stellar EP ‘Meanjin’ or Beddy Rays’ break-neck debut album, to uplifting party-starters, like Confidence Man’s sophomore album ‘TILT.’
Our stories are reaching out into the world and defining what we’re made of. And it’s something special,” said Stewart.
Full list of winners:
Pop: Thelma Plum — Backseat of My Mind
Rock: WAAX — No Doz
Youth: Lottie Mcleod — Happy Birthday
Soul/Funk/RNB: Miiesha — Still Dream
World: Isaac Conomos and Menaka Thomas — Space
Regional: Sahara Beck — Nothing Wrong With That
Video: Ben Wrigley — Purple Static by Mirrors
Highest Selling Single: Amy Shark — Sway My Way
Highest Selling Album: Adam Brand — All Or Nothing
Blues/Roots: Jen Mize & The Rough N’ Tumble — All Riled Up
Children’s Music Award: Cheekey Monkey Club — Yes or No A Song About Consent
Contemporary Classic: Monique Clare — Downhill Skiing
Folk: Yb. — Blackphemy
Heavy: DZ Deathrays
Hip Hop: Khi’leb — Cheques
Indigenous: William Barton — Kalkani
Jazz: Trichotomy — Forward Motion
Album of the Year: Ball Park Music — Weirder & Weirder
Song of the Year: Thelma Plum — Backseat of My Mind
Lifetime Achievement: Lindy Morrison