Music legends Baker Boy and Mojo Juju just walked away as the big winners at this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin tonight.
The event, which took place at Darwin’s Amphitheatre, is the nation’s biggest celebration of indigenous music. The night saw performances from the likes of Jessica Mauboy and Dan Sultan among many other talented artists.
Baker Boy, who also snapped up Young Australian of the Year this year, took home the award for Artist Of The Year at tonight’s ceremony. The truly exceptional 22-year-old has had a wildly successful year, so it’s great to see him take home the award.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2017 when his song ‘Marryuna’ finished 17th in the Triple J Hottest 100, Baker Boy has continued to release incredible tracks incorporating English and his native language Yolŋu Matha. He’s got a record deal with Select Music and has played more than 70 gigs and festival spots in his few short years.
The other major winner at tonight’s ceremony was Mojo Juju, who took home Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year for ‘Native Tongue’. ‘Native Tongue’ is the third solo album from the ARIA-nominated artist.
It’s been a big year for her too, with three ARIA nominations including Video of the Year, Best Urban Release and Breakthrough Artist.
2019 has been a massive year for Indigenous music, with a number of artists playing major festivals, releasing ARIA charting albums and receiving nominations for various awards throughout the year. While Baker Boy and Mojo Juju took home the major categories at this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards, there were a bunch of other artists recognised tonight that also deserve your attention.
Kaiit took home New Talent Of The Year for her impressive debut EP ‘Live From Her Room’, and Briggs’ ‘Life Is Incredible’ snapped up the Film Clip Of The Year award.
The full list of recipients includes:
Artist Of The Year – Baker Boy
Album Of The Year – Mojo Juju – Native Tongue
Song Of The Year – Mojo Juju – Native Tongue
New Talent Of The Year – Kaiit
Film Clip Of The Year – Briggs – Life Is Incredible Director: Dylan River
Community Clip Of The Year – Deni Mob – State Of The Heart
Archie Roach Foundation Award – Mambali
This year’s National Indigenous Music Awards was bigger and better than ever, with a number of extremely talented creatives from all aspects of music being recognised for their talent. If you’re interested in discovering new, talented musicians every week, you can subscribe to the National Indigenous Music Chart here.