Finalists Announced for 2021 Gold Coast Music Awards

Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMAs) has just announced its finalists for 2021, and we’ve got the scoop right here.

Now in its seventh year, this year’s awards saw the team flooded with nominations, which the hard-working judges narrowed down to 50 finalists across the nine awards categories.

Winners will be announced at a sizzling red-carpet event at Home Of The Arts on Saturday 4 September.

Among the hottest finalists were award-winning hip-hop artist Jesswar, enigmatic indie-rockers Peach Fur and international country music star Casey Barnes, with each act earning finalist positions in more than four categories, including the coveted Artist Of The Year gong that Casey Barnes will be defending following his win last year.

Several first-time finalists were also recognised, including acoustic sensation Beckah Amani, chasing Breakout Artist Of The Year after a huge Queensland Music Award win and Tones and I support slot; as well as freshly formed indie-pop duo, Geniie Boy and First Nations artist-fronted hitmakers Selve and Aya J.

“For a year that saw the music industry gutted with uncertainty, reduced venue capacities and cancelled events, Gold Coast’s musicians and our beloved venues have outdone themselves.

“While we can only give away a small number of awards, we really want to acknowledge the immense achievements of everyone who nominated,” said Gold Coast Music Awards chairperson, Samantha Morris.

Despite a tough year for the industry, the exceptional entrants made judging tough too with more than 650 nominations received this year.

“Each category was passionately debated by judges and for the first time, we even released the judging shortlist to acknowledge the quality of talent in the region,” continued Samantha.

“More and more Gold Coast artists are growing into national and international experts, including our alumni: Amy Shark, Hollow Coves, Eliza and the Delusionals, Jacob Lee and Wolfmother’s Ian Peres. It’s exciting to have seen and supported their progression over the years and we can’t wait to see what this year’s crop achieves in the future,” she said.

Organisers and industry are looking forward to the Awards’ return this year following the 2020 event’s inevitable cancellation, before it went on to stream virtually to more than 29,000 music industry and fans, setting a precedent for online music award presentations nationwide.

The Gold Coast Music Awards ceremony will take place Saturday 4 September at Home of the Arts (HOTA), Gold Coast, in partnership with SPRINGTIME Music Festival. To attend or watch the awards ceremony, RSVP here.

The Gold Coast Music Awards is produced by Blank Street Press and proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and Major Events Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Music Awards 2021 Finalists

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Southern Cross University

Casey Barnes
Eliza and the Delusionals
Hollow Coves
Jesswar
Karl S Williams
Mass Sky Raid
Peach Fur

BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Griffith University and the Queensland Conservatorium

Beckah Amani
Buttered
daste.
DOOLIE
Greatest Hits
Jesswar
Peach Fur
Rave Radio
Rene Le Feuvre

LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Gold Coast Music

Busby Marou
Casey Barnes
Donny Love
Hussy Hicks
Jesswar
Karl S Williams
Peach Fur
Selve
Tijuana Cartel

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
sponsored by TAFE Queensland

Ella Fence
Fletcher Babb
Harry J Hart
Jackson Dunn
JVMIE
Lindsay Waddington
Majelen
Mitch King
Scott French

RELEASE OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Blank Street Press

Casey Barnes – Town of a Million Dreams
DOOLIE – Hope You Like My Mixtape
Hussy Hicks – Gather Up The People
Jesswar – Tropixx
Karl S Williams – Lifeblood
Peach Fur – Awake
Saint Lane – If I Leave You In The Fire
These Four Walls – This Is Not A Future

SONG OF THE YEAR
sponsored by CBD Live

AYA J – Shine
Beckah Amani – Standards
Casey Barnes – Come Turn Me On
DVNA – All My Friends
DENNIS. X FDVM – Run Little House
Eliza and the Delusionals – Sentimental
Geniie Boy – Fool’s Play
Jesswar – Venom
Lastlings – Take My Hand
Peach Fur – Preloved
Saint Lane – When Did We Grow Up?
These Four Walls – White Lies

VENUE OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Oztix

CBD Live
elsewhere
Miami Marketta
Mo’s Desert Clubhouse
Soundlounge
Wallaby Hotel

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
sponsored by QT Gold Coast

American Doubles ft JVMIE – Can’t Let Go
Baltimore Gun Club – Universe City
Beckah Amani – Standards
boWsER – Supersonic
DENNIS. – What You Do ft. Professor Paul
Eliza and the Delusionals – Sentimental
Jesswar – Venom
Selve – The Pink Hotel
Tijuana Cartel – Minimal Stuffing

GOLD COAST MUSIC PRIZE
sponsored by Friends of the Arts

Chloe Styler
EUCA
Girl and Girl
Harry J Hart
Liv Heyer
Pure Milk
Selve
Talia Rose

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
sponsored by Burleigh Brewing Co.

Open to all finalists – open for public voting Thursday 19 August

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