Deadly Awards

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The Deadly Awards, commonly known simply as The Deadlys, are an annual celebration of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement in music, sport, entertainment and community.[1] The first Deadlys were held in 1995, at the Boomalli Artist Co-op in the Redfern suburb of Sydney.[2] Later venues included The Metro Theatre, the Hard Rock Café, Home in Darling Harbour and Fox Studios; since 2001 the event has been held at the Sydney Opera House, hosted by Vibe Australia and broadcast by SBS Television.[citation needed] There are now additional venues in other states.

The awards have expanded beyond their original music focus,[2] to include sport, entertainment, the arts, health, education and training in the Indigenous Australian community. Winners are nominated and voted on by the public.

The word 'Deadly' is a modern colloquialism used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to indicate 'cool, rockin, fantastic'.


  1. ^ Alastair Pennycook. Global Englishes and Transcultural Flows. Routledge. pp. 162–. ISBN 978-1-134-18876-5. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Pryor, Lisa (11 October 2002). "Hardly lethal, but sure to cause blackouts". Sydney Morning Herald. 

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