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The National Indigenous Music Awards, (previously known as the NT Indigenous Music Awards up to 2009) are awarded during the Darwin Festival and are run by MusicNT in association with the Northern Territory Government’s Indigenous Arts Development Unit.[1]

The NT Indigenous Music Awards recognise excellence, dedication, innovation and outstanding contribution to the NT music industry. The Awards are presented at a special showcase event in August as part of Darwin Festival, and feature the best indigenous music talent in the NT.

The Awards are industry based and focus with nominations coming from industry, pre-selection by a local industry committee and final judging of Award winners by an independent panel of NT and interstate music industry professionals

The Awards[edit]

2004[edit]

The Inaugural Indigenous Music Awards were held on 28 August 2004 at the Darwin Festival Club. The winners were:

Award Winner
Male Musician of the Year Warren H. Williams
Female Musician of the Year Shellie Morris
Band of the Year Yothu Yindi
People's Choice Award Saltwater Band
Best New Talent Yilila
Traditional Music Award of the Year The Rak Badjalarr album
Hall of Fame George Rrurrambu, the Mills Sisters and Mandawuy Yunupingu


2005[edit]

The second annual NT Indigenous Music Awards were held at Marrara Oval on 27 August 2005. The Awards attracted the likes of Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil), now Shadow Secretary for Reconciliation and the Arts, who was a guest presenter with NT Chief Minister Clare Martin and with his old mate George Rrurrambu of Warumpi Band. The Awards ceremony and concert, which was headlined by the Letterstick Band and Lajamanu Teenage Band, was broadcast live by local station TEABBA (Top End Bush Broadcasting Assoc.) and picked up by Indigenous radio stations across the country. The winners were:

Award Winner
Best Music Release Yilila – "Manila, Manila"
Song of the Year Yilila - "Mijiyanga"
Male Musician of the Year Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Galiwin’ku (formerly Yothu Yindi, Saltwater Band)
Female Musician of the Year Shellie Morris
Band of the Year Nabarlek
Most Popular Song Award Warren H. Williams - "Dreamtime Baby"
Best New Talent Mandy Garling
Cover Art of the Year Jurtbirrk, Love Songs from Western Arnhem Land
Traditional Music Award of the Year Jurtbirrk, Love Songs from Western Arnhem Land
Hall of Fame Kathy & David Mills, The Mystics, Dick Mununggu, Gus Williams, Auriel Andrew, Mr. Yamma Snr and Herbie Laughton
Outstanding Contribution Award CAAMA Music & Letterstick

2006[edit]

The third annual NT Indigenous Music Awards were held on 25 August 2006. The audience was treated to live performances by a line-up of NT acts including Yilila, Saltwater Band, NoKTuRNL, Warren H Williams, June Mills and Tom E Lewis. The winners were:

Award Winner
Artist of the Year Yilila
Best Music Release Tom E. Lewis – "Sunshine After Rain"
Song of the Year Warren H. Williams - "Learn My Song"
Male Musician of the Year Grant Nundhirribala
Female Musician of the Year June Mills
Best New Talent Task
Cover Art of the Year Warren H. Williams - "Be Like Home"
Traditional Music Award of the Year White Cockatoo - "Maningrida"
Hall of Fame Warumpi Band and Soft Sands
Outstanding Contribution Award Sammy Butcher and Keith Lapalung

2007[edit]

The fourth annual NT Indigenous Wards were held on 25 August 2007 at the Gardens Amphitheatre, Botanic Gardens, Darwin. On the night there were live performances featuring Kenbi Dancers, Ngarakuruwala, Jessica Mauboy and Nabarlek. The winners were:

Award Winner
Artist of the Year Jessica Mauboy
Album of the Year Nabarlek - Manmoyi Radio
Song of the Year Terrah Guymala - "Little Journey to Manmoyi"
Best New Talent Leah Flanagan
Cover Art of the Year Nabarlek - Manmoyi Radio
Film Clip of the Year Nabarlek - "Brown Bird"
Traditional Music Award of the Year Kenbi Dancers, Kevin Djimarr - "Wurrurrumi Kun-Borrk"
Hall of Fame Betty Fisher, Barry Benning
Special Contribution Award Paul "Djolpa" McKenzie, Steven Tranter

2008[edit]

The 2008 winners were:

Award Winner
Artist of the Year Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Album of the Year Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Gurrumul
Song of the Year Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - "Wiyathul"
Best New Talent B2M
Cover Art of the Year Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Gurrumul
Gospel Album of the Year Harold Dalywaters and the Elliot Gospel Band
Film Clip of the Year Saltwater Band - Live
Traditional Music Award of the Year Muyngarnbi - "Songs from Walking with Spirits"

Ngarukuruwala - "We Sing Songs"

Hall of Fame Peter Miller and Blek Bala Mujik, Mark Raymond and the Kulumindini Band
Special Recognition Award Galarrwuy Yunupingu and Mr Nundhirribala

2009[edit]

The 2009 winners were:[2]

Award Winner
Artist of the Year Gurrumul Yunupingu
Album of the Year Jessica Mauboy - Been Waiting
Song of the Year Jessica Mauboy - "Running Back"
Best New Talent Pott Street
Cover Art of the Year Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Gurrumul
Film Clip of the Year Dunganda Street Sounds - "Señor"
Traditional Music Award of the Year Dunganda Street Sounds
Hall of Fame Sammy Butcher, Tableland Drifters, Dave Asera

2010[edit]

The 2010 winners were:[3]

Award Winner
Artist of the Year Gurrumul Yunupingu
Album of the Year Garrangali – Garrangali
Song of the Year Garrangali – "Searights"
Best New Talent Wildflower
Cover Art of the Year Garrangali
Film Clip of the Year Gurrumul Yunupingu - "History"
Traditional Music Award of the Year Mulka Project & Dhuwa Dhapi – "Sea Rights Bungul"
Hall of Fame Kumanjayi Murphy
Special Recognition Award Ali Mills

2011[edit]

The 2011 winners were: [4]

Award Winner
Artist of the Year Gurrumul Yunupingu
Album of the Year Gurrumul Yunupingu – Rrakala
Song of the Year Gurrumul Yunupingu and Blue King Brown – "Gathu Mawula"
Best New Talent Rrawun Maymuru
Cover Art of the Year Gurrumul Yunupingu – Rrakala
Film Clip of the Year Gurrumul Yunupingu and Blue King Brown – "Gathu Mawula"
Traditional Music Award of the Year Yilpara, Madarrpa clan – "Djambawa Marawili"

Gurrumuru, Dhalwangu clan – "Yumutjin Wunungmurra"
Dhalinybuy, Wangurri clan – "Mathulu Munyarryun"

Hall of Fame Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address

2012[edit]

The 2012 winner were:[5]

Award Winner
Artist of the Year Gurrumul Yunupingu
Album of the Year The MedicsFoundations
Song of the Year The Medics – "Griffin"
Best New Talent The Medics
Cover Art of the Year Gurrumul Yunupingu & Sarah Blasko – "Bayini"
Film Clip of the Year East Journey – "Ngarrpiya"
Traditional Music Award of the Year Warren H Williams and the Warumungu Songmen - "Winanjjara"

Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen - "Ngambala Wiji Li-Wunungu"

Hall of Fame Jimmy Little

2013[edit]

The 2013 winners were:[6]

Award Winner
Artist of the Year Jessica Mauboy
Album of the Year Archie RoachInto the Bloodstream
Song of the Year Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen – "Waliwaliyangu li-Anthawirriyarra a-Kurija (Saltwater People Song)"
Best New Talent Thelma Plum
Cover Art of the Year Archie Roach – Into the Bloodstream
Film Clip of the Year Archie Roach – "Song to Sing"
Community Music Clip Rockhole - "Wurli"
Traditional Music Award of the Year The Mulka Manikay Archives - "Wandawuy"
Hall of Fame Henry Dan, Wirrinyga Band, Archie Roach
Special Recognition Award Gurrumul Yunupingu

2014[edit]

The 2014 winners were:[7]

Award Winner
Artist of the Year Jessica Mauboy
Album of the Year Dan SultanBlackbird
Song of the Year Dan Sultan – "The Same Man"
Best New Talent Briggs
Cover Art of the Year Dan Sultan – Blackbird
Film Clip of the Year Bright Lights Big City – "East Journey"
Community Music Clip Desert Sevenz - "Fly Back Home"
Traditional Music Award of the Year Jaydron Nundhirribala, Roland Nundhirribala and Grant Nundhirribala and Lindsay Gameraidj - "Nangale"
Hall of Fame Munkimuk aka Mark Munk Ross

2015[edit]

The 2015 winners were:[8]

Award Winner
Artist of the Year Jessica Mauboy and Dan Sultan
Album of the Year BriggsSheplife
Song of the Year Thelma Plum – "How Much Does Your Love Cost?"
Best New Talent Philly
Cover Art of the Year Radical Son – Cause N Affect
Film Clip of the Year Briggs – "Bad Apples"
Community Music Clip Cairns Murri Crew - "Built to Last"
Traditional Song of the Year Djalu Gurruwiwi and East Journey - "Mokuy & Bonba"
Hall of Fame Vic Simms and Blekbala Mujik

2016[edit]

The 2016 winners were:[9]

Award Winner
Artist of the Year Gurrumul Yunupingu
Album of the Year GawurraRatja Yaliyali
Song of the Year Briggs, Dewayne Everettsmith and Gurrumul – "The Children Came Back"
Best New Talent Gawurra
Cover Art of the Year Gawurra – Ratja Yaliyali
Film Clip of the Year Gawurra – "Ratja Yaliyali"
Community Music Clip Ngukurr Community, Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, White Ribbon – "Break The Silence"
Traditional Song of the Year Ishmael Marika – "Two Sisters Journey"
Hall of Fame Kutcha Edwards

2017[edit]

The 2017 winners were:[10]

Award Winner
Artist of the Year Troy Cassar-Daley
Album of the Year Troy Cassar-Daley – Things I Carry Around
Song of the Year A.B. Original featuring Dan Sultan – "January 26"
Best New Talent Electric Fields
Film Clip of the Year A.B. Original featuring Dan Sultan – "January 26"
Community Music Clip Halls Creek Indigenous Hip Hop Project "Save the Water (Ngaba)"
Hall of Fame

2018[edit]

The 2018 Music Awards were held on 11 August 2018 at The Amphitheatre Botanical Gardens. The 2018 winners were:[11]

Award Winner
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)"
Special Achievement Award Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir
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
Hall of Fame Inductee Roger Knox

2019[edit]

The 2019 Music Awards were held on 12 August 2019 at The Amphitheatre Botanical Gardens. The 2019 nominations and winners were:[12][13]


Award Winner
Hall of Fame Inductee Tiddas and Wilma Reading
Special Recognition Award Djuki Mala
Archie Roach Foundation Award Mambali

Artist of the Year

Artist Result
Archie Roach Nominated
Baker Boy Won
Briggs Nominated
Electric Fields Nominated
Jessica Mauboy Nominated
Mojo Juju Nominated

New Talent of the Year

Artist Result
Dallas Woods Nominated
Kaiit Won
Kobie Dee Nominated
Mambali Band Nominated
Tasman Keith Nominated

Album of the Year

Artist and album Result
Archie Roach - The Concert Collection 2012-2018 Nominated
Dan Sultan - Aviary Takes Nominated
Mojo Juju - Native Tongue Won
Tia Gostelow - Thick Skin Nominated
Thelma Plum - Better in Blak Nominated

Film Clip of the Year

Artist and song Result
Briggs - "Life is Incredible" Won
Mojo Juju - "Native Tongue" Nominated
Tasman Keith (featuring Stevie Jean) - "Prey" Nominated
Thelma Plum - "Better in Blak" Nominated
Yirrmal - "For Everyone" Nominated

Song of the Year

Artist and song Result
Baker Boy - "Black Magic" Nominated
Electric Fields - "2000 and Whatever" Nominated
Mojo Juju - "Native Tongue" Won
Tasman Keith (featuring Stevie Jean) - "Prey" Nominated
Yirrmal - "For Everyone" Nominated

Community Clip of the Year

Artist and song Result
Deni Mob - "State of the Heart" Won
Peppi School - "Play Good Way" Nominated
Numbulwar School Band - "What's the Reason?" Nominated
Tiwi College - "Picka Family" Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Indigenous Music Awards". Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. ^ "2009 Winners". National Indigenous Music Awards. MusicNT. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  3. ^ "2010 Winners". National Indigenous Music Awards. MusicNT. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  4. ^ "2011 Winners". National Indigenous Music Awards. MusicNT. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  5. ^ "2012 Winners". National Indigenous Music Awards. MusicNT. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  6. ^ "2013 Winners". National Indigenous Music Awards. MusicNT. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  7. ^ "2014 Winners". National Indigenous Music Awards. MusicNT. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  8. ^ "2015 Winners". National Indigenous Music Awards. MusicNT. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  9. ^ "2016 Winners". National Indigenous Music Awards. MusicNT. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  10. ^ "2017 Winners". National Indigenous Music Awards. NIMA. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  11. ^ "2018 NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARD WINNERS". National Indigenous Music Awards. NIMA. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  12. ^ "National Indigenous Music Awards unveils 2019 Nominations". National Indigenous Music Awards. July 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Record Breaking Crowd for the 2019 National Indigenous Music Awards!". National Indigenous Music Awards. 13 August 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

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