J Award

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The J Award is an award given by influential Australian youth radio station Triple J to Australian Album of the Year. It is judged by a panel of members of the music industry, led by Richard Kingsmill. The award was inaugurated in 2005, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the station's establishment.

To be eligible for entry in a particular year, an album must be released (either independently or through a record label) between December the previous year to November that year. All albums sent to Triple J for airplay consideration will also be automatically considered for the award. Nominations are chosen by Triple J management and are released throughout the year. Nominations tend towards artists releasing breakthrough albums rather than already well-established musicians.

A second category was introduced to Triple J's annual J Award in 2007, with the Triple J judges now looking back over the winners of site competitions over the year and awarding the Triple J Unearthed J Award to the best and most promising artist. Yet another category, "Music Video of The Year," was added in 2008 with Triple j tv selecting one music video from a list of approximately five nominations to be the best Australian music video. In 2014 it was announced that a fourth category, "Artist Of The Year" would be added to the award list. It was awarded by Double J, Triple J's sister station, to the artist that the station had seen as the greatest contributor to either recorded music, live performances or Australian music culture, or a combination of the three, during the course of the year. Mia Dyson was the inaugural winner.

The announcement of the J Award winner will come each year at the culmination of Ausmusic Month, when Triple J celebrates Australian music throughout November.

Tame Impala is the only band to have won more than one J Award, they won the J Award for Australian Album of the Year in 2010 & 2012.

2005 J Award[edit]

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2006 J Award[edit]

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2007 awards[edit]

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Unearthed J Award[edit]

A second category was introduced to Triple J's annual J Award in 2007, with the Triple J judges now looking back over the winners of site competitions over the year and awarding the Triple J Unearthed J Award to the best and most promising artist. Triple J Unearthed marked its first anniversary with over 10,400 artists live on the site, 80,000 registered users, 1.6 million tracks downloaded and 3.9 million tracks streamed. The Unearthed J Award is awarded to an Unearthed artist who has demonstrated the most musical growth and shows the greatest potential to make a contribution to the Australian music industry.

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Five nominees were selected from the past year of Unearthed competition winners, since the launch in August 2006 through to July 2007. The nominees were:

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2008 awards[edit]

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Australian Music Video of the Year[edit]

A third category was introduced to Triple J's annual J Award in 2008, with Triple j tv selecting one music video from a list of approximately five nominations to be the best Australian music video. The music video of the year being determined for its outstanding achievement as an Australian musical video work of art (based on its creativity, originality and technical excellence). The music video is selected from any music video released by an Australian artist (either independently or through a record company) and that is also directed by and Australian director between November and December the preceding year.

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  • The Herd - "2020" (Director: Mike Daly)

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Nominations announced in November during Triple J's Ausmusic month.

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2009 awards[edit]

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Australian Music Video of the Year[edit]

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  • Firekites - "Autumn Story" (Co-Directors: Yanni Kronenberg and Lucinda Schreiber)
  • Bluejuice - "Broken Leg" (Director: Sam Bennetts)
  • Astronomy Class - "Where You At?" (Director: Pradeep Senanayake)
  • The Scare - "Could Be Bad" (Director: Ton Noakes)
  • Art vs. Science - "Parlez vous Francais?" (Director: Alex Roberts)
  • Karnivool - "Set Fire To The Hive" (Director: Chris Frey)

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  • Art vs. Science - "Parlez vous Francais?" (Director: Alex Roberts)

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  • The Middle East

2010 awards[edit]

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  • Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

Australian Music Video of the Year[edit]

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  • Washington - "Sunday Best" (Co-Directors: Mairi Cameron and Stephen Lance)

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  • Boy and Bear

2011 Awards[edit]

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Australian Music Video Of The Year[edit]

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  • Hermitude - Speak Of The Devil (Director: Emma Tomelty)

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  • Ball Park Music

2012 Awards[edit]

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  • Alpine - "Hands"
  • Gotye - "Easy Way Out"
  • Flight Facilities - "Foreign Language"
  • Kirin J Callinan - "Way II War"
  • Bertie Blackman - "Boy"
  • Hilltop Hoods - "Rattling the Keys To the Kingdom"

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  • Kris Moyes for Kirin J Callinan's "Way II War" music video

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  • Flume
  • The Rubens
  • Chance Waters
  • Kingswood
  • Thelma Plum

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  • The Rubens

2013 Awards[edit]

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Flume - Flume

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Clubfeet - "Everything You Wanted" (Director: Josh Thomas)

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  • Tigertown
  • SAFIA
  • Jeremy Neale
  • Wave Racer
  • Dustin Tebutt
  • Jackie Onassis
  • Remi

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Remi

2014 Awards[edit]

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  • Chet Faker - "Talk Is Cheap" (Directed by Toby & Pete)
  • Hudson and Troop - "Frameless" (Directed by Darcy Prendergast and Andrew Goldsmith)
  • Illy - "One For the City" (Directed by Mark Alston)
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - "Hot Wax" (Directed by Jason Galea)
  • Sia - "Chandelier" (Directed by Sia Furler and Daniel Askill)
  • Client Liaison - "Free of Fear" (Directed by Jack Peddey)

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Unearthed Artist[edit]

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  • Ceres
  • Coin Banks
  • Japanese Wallpaper
  • Airling
  • Meg Mac
  • UV Boi

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  • Meg Mac

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