The annual Queensland Music Awards have announced their 2021 genre category finalists the Billy Thorpe Scholarship shortlist, and the nominees for the publicly voted People’s Choice Awards. Taking place on Wednesday May 5 in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, this years ceremony had a record number of artist submissions from all over the state.
Finalists include Eves Karydas, The Jungle Giants, Mallrat, and Sycco contending for the Pop crown, AYA J, Beddy Rays, ELEEA and Miiesha are finalists for the Indigenous Award, DVNA, FELIVAND, MiCCY, and Miiesha representing the judges best releases from the Soul/Funk/R’n’B category, and Ball Park Music, Beddy Rays, Hope D, and Jaguar Jonze are the top talent for Rock.
Jesswar, No Money Enterprise, LEMAIRE, and Tbi$h round out the best of the best in the Hip Hop/Rap category, CLOE TERARE, Fragile Animals, Greta Stanley, and Tia Gostelow are up for the Regional Award, and the returning new Children’s Music Category sees a stellar list of finalists with Fabulous Lemon Drops, Nyssa Ray, Happy Singing Kids, and The Mini Moshers.
Shortlisted for the video catagory is Cub Sport's Confessions directed by Jennifer Embleton, FELIVAND's Trajectory directed by Levi Cranston, Jarryd James' Miracles directed by Mick Soiza and Lastlings' Out Of Touch directed by Dylan Dulcos and Rico Zhang.
Also announced today are the finalists for the annual Billy Thorpe Scholarship, which will be awarded to one of the four finalists Beckah Amani, King Stingray, Phoebe Sinclair, or Selve. Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and presented by QMusic, The Billy Thorpe Scholarship was established in 2010 in honour of the late Billy Thorpe, and awards the annual winner $10k as well as the opportunity to record with an established producer and receive career-planning from Chugg Entertainment.
The Queensland Music Awards will take place on Wednesday May 5.