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Gold Coast Music Awards Winners Announced

Gold Coast Music Awards | May 2020

Thousands gathered virtually tonight to celebrate the sixth annual Gold Coast Music Awards with special guests Tones and I, Amy Shark, Sophie Monk, Tommy Emmanuel and Michael Chugg delivering warm messages amongst loungeroom performances by local artists.

Days after hitting #1 in the ARIA country album charts, Casey Barnes took home the big gong, Artist of the Year; roots duo Busby Marou won Release of the Year for their album, ‘The Great Divide’; and Breakout Artist went to young indie rock band, Eliza and the Delusionals.

Song Of The Year was awarded to triple threat, DVNA, for her self-produced tune, ‘Looking Like A Snack’; Julz Parker, acclaimed guitarist for blues ‘n’ roots act, Hussy Hicks, won Musician Of The Year, while Live Act Of The Year was taken out by electronica/world music globetrotters, Tijuana Cartel.

Emerging artist DENNIS. got a big thrill when Tones and I delivered a congratulatory message for her win of the inaugural Gold Coast Music Prize, a 12-month career development package with management advice, PR, video production, media support and more.

“I definitely know how hard it can be as an emerging artist, so that’s why it’s so great to see an award like the Gold Coast Music Prize help artists and give them a leg up,” said Tones, who’s hit single, Dance Monkey just became the world’s highest ever Spotify streamed song by a female artist.

The competitive Video Of The Year category was taken out by Eddie Ray, for DIY animation, ‘The Story’; fans voted Lagerstein for the People’s Choice Award; while the old adage ‘home is where the heart is’ was proven true when Home Of The Arts turned out to be Gold Coast’s best Venue Of The Year.

Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said, “The music talent here on the Gold Coast continues to be of the highest standard and I congratulate all of this year’s winners. I have no doubt the industry here on the Gold Coast will bounce back stronger than ever and after the restrictions have eased, I look forward to hearing them once again play their music at venues across the city.”

While we wait to see if the Gold Coast Music Awards can return to the Surfers Paradise precinct in 2021, you can get your fix of live music with this year’s presentation still available for viewing on Facebook, including intimate, loungeroom performances by winners Casey Barnes, Busby Marou, DVNA, Eliza and the Delusionals, Hussy Hicks and more.

The Gold Coast Music Awards is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise Alliance.

Gold Coast Music Awards Winners Announced

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by Home Of The Arts –

Casey Barnes

BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by Griffith University and the SEED program –

Eliza and the Delusionals

LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by Gold Coast Music –

Tijuana Cartel

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by TAFE QLD –

Julz Parker

RELEASE OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by Southern Cross University –

The Great Divide – Busby Marou

SONG OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by CBD Live –

Looking Like A Snack – DVNA

VENUE OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by Oztix –

HOTA Home Of The Arts

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
– sponsored by QT –

The Story – Eddie Ray

GOLD COAST MUSIC PRIZE
– sponsored by Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival –

DENNIS.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
– sponsored by East West Presents –

Lagerstein

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