Archie Roach, Miiesha, Thelma Plum, JK-47 and more set to perform at 2020 National Indigenous Music Awards

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Not even a pandemic can stop the National Indigenous Music Awards from pulling out all the stops possible to make their 2020 edition as special as possible. The awards have announced today a star-studded list of performers and live crosses confirmed for the broadcast set to kick off August 8th.

Archie RoachThelma PlumMiiesha, Mambali, JK-47 and Emma Donovan will all perform during the live streamed event, while Jessica MauboyMitch Tambo and Electric Fields will also be apart of the broadcast via live cross. Furthermore, a very special tribute to Warumpi Band is also confirmed, with Christine Anu set to perform ‘My Island Home’ alongside Mau Power, Neil Murray, Jim Moginie and Rob Hirst.

Miiesha is set for a big night during the awards ceremony, leading the charge with three nominations for New Talent of the Year, Album of the Year for her debut record Nyaaringu, and Film Clip of the Year for ‘Drowning’. Baker Boy is tied with Miiesha for three nominations (Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for ‘Meditjin’ featuring Jess B, and Film Clip of the Year, also for ‘Meditjin’), with another 22 artists all nominated across seven categories.

The awards ceremony will be held at August 8 from 7pm AEST and is set to be livestreamed across Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, as well as a broadcast on NITV for free-to-air television, Double J on digital radio and National Indigenous Radio Service broadcasters on terrestrial radio. Check out the full awards category list and nominees below.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Baker Boy
Electric Fields
Emily Wurramara
Jessica Mauboy
Mau Power
Thelma Plum

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Archie Roach – Tell Me Why
Jessica Mauboy – Hilda
Mau Power – Blue Lotus The Awakening
Miiesha – Nyaaringu
Ray Dimakarri Dixon – Standing Strong Mudburra Man

NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR
Allara
Dallas Woods
Kee’ahn
Miiesha
Mitch Tambo

INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE AWARD
Rrawun Maymuru & Nick Wales – Nyapililngu (Spirit Lady)
Stuart Nugget – Nayurni (Woman)

SONG OF THE YEAR
Alice Skye – I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good
Baker Boy ft. Jess B – Meditjin
Briggs ft. Tim Minchin – House Fyre
Electric Fields & Keiino – Would I Lie
Kee’ahn – Better Things
Thelma Plum – Homecoming Queen

FILM CLIP OF THE YEAR
Baker Boy ft. Jess B – Meditjin
Briggs ft. Tim Minchin – House Fyre
Dallas Woods – If It Glitters It’s Gold
Miiesha – Drowning
Tasman Keith – Billy Bad Again

COMMUNITY CLIP OF THE YEAR
Booningbah Goories
Bwgcolman Mob
Githabul Next Generation
Iron Range Danger Gang
KDA Crew
Ntaria Connect

Words by Emma Jones
Image: Clare Nica

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