Celebrating all things independent, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association have announced the nominees for this year’s AIR Awards to be held in Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Sunday 22 November. Local heroes Sia, Dappled Cities, Decoder Ring, and The Drones lead the charge proving you don’t need million dollar marketing budgets, 10,000 member street teams or majors to get recognition in Australia. Let’s keep it that way Aussie battlers.

Check out the nominees below…

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Bertie Blackman – Secrets And Lies
C.W. Stoneking – Jungle Blues
Dappled Cities – Zounds
Decoder Ring – They Blind The Stars, And The Wild Team
The Drones – Havilah

INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Bertie Blackman
C.W. Stoneking
Dappled Cities
Sia
The Drones

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Art Vs. Science
Bertie Blackman
John Steel Singers
Oh Mercy
Sia

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP
Architecture In Helsinki – That Beep
Art Vs. Science – Art Vs. Science (EP)
Bertie Blackman – Heart
Philadelphia Grand Jury – Going To The Casino SIA – Buttons

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM
Adam Brand – Hell of A Ride
Amber Lawrence – The Mile
James Blundell – Portrait Of A Man
Kirsty Lee Akers – Better Days
Tania Kernaghan – Livin’ The Dream

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM
C.W. Stoneking – Jungle Blues
Ash Grunwald – Fish Out Of Water
The Waifs – Live From The Union Of Soul
Bonjah – Until Dawn
Carus Thompson – Creature Of Habit

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK OR PUNK ALBUM
Closure In Moscow – First Temple
I Killed The Prom Queen – Sleepless Nights & City Lights
Mammal – The Majority
The Amity Affliction – Severed Ties
The Nation Blue – Rising Waters

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP/URBAN ALBUM
Astronomy Class – Pursuit Of Happiness
Funkoars – The Hangover
Gully Platoon – The Great Divide
Hermitude – Threads
Pez – A Mind Of My Own

CHECK OUT THE AIR AWARDS WEBSITE HERE

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