The National Indigenous Music Awards celebrated a massive year in Australian music under the stars on Saturday night at Darwin’s Ampitheatre.
Gurrumul scooped the night’s three key awards, being honoured as ‘Artist of the Year’, while his Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) picked up ‘Album of the Year’ and its title track was crowned ‘Song of the Year’.
Darwin’s Baker Boy was also prominent on the night, nabbing ‘Video of the Year’ for his hit ‘Marryuna’ and ‘Best New Talent’.
Performances were a highlight of the evening, with Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers with Alan Pigram, Roger Knox, Alice Skye, Kardajala Kirridarra, Yirrimal, Kenbi Dancers, special achievement recipients Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, and Stiff Gins all performing, before Baker Boy closed the night with a guest appearance from Yirrimal.
Here’s the NIMAs winners list…
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Gurrumul
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)
SONG OF THE YEAR: Gurrumul – ‘Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)’
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: Roger Knox
BEST NEW TALENT: Baker Boy
FILM CLIP OF THE YEAR: Baker Boy – ‘Marryuna’
COMMUNITY CLIP OF THE YEAR: B-Town Warriors – ‘Thundercloud: Bourke’
NT TRADITIONAL MUSIC AWARD: Buku-waṯthunawuy Nininyᶇu Rom Ancient Languages New Sounds + Kenbi Dancers