The 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards was a fantastic night with great performances by Yirrmal Marika who had a very powerful voice, East Journey ft. Yothu Yindi, B2M who also joined Blekbala Mujik on stage to sing their legendary song “Be Happy Everyone”. Also on stage this year were the Painted Ladies project and two more legends joined the line up Frank Yamma and Gurrumul!
This year’s NIMA award for Artist of the Year was awarded to two artists; Jessica Mauboy and Dan Sultan. An equal amount of votes came in from the voting panel for each artist and the decision was made to honor both parties with this prestigious national award.
QLD singer/songwriter Thelma Plum received the award for Song of the Year for How Much Does Your Love Cost?
Maverick hip-hop artist Briggs walked away with two gongs for his Album Sheplife and Film Clip of the year for Bad Apples produced by Heath Kerr & Josh Davis, the video now has 250k views on YouTube and climbing. A must-see.
Also a must-see is the Like A Version performance by last year’s triple j Unearthed NIMA winner and this year’s New Talent of the Year; Philly. This young hip hop artist is a star in the making and destined for greatness.
If you were able to judge an album by its cover then it makes a lot of sense that the award for Cover Art of the Year went to Cause N Affect – a profound debut album released by Radical Son.
The National Community Clip of the Year acknowledges the role that music and new media plays in spreading positive messages throughout Indigenous communities. This year the NIMA went to Cairns Murri Crew – Built to Last produced by Desert Pea Media and showcasing the extraordinary talents of these young adults from Cairns.