Gold Coast’s amazing music output in 2019 – GCMA song nominations revealed

As organisers sort nominations for the 2020 Gold Coast Music Awards, a stunning figure has been revealed. Some 184 submissions were received for one category alone – Song of the Year.

The submissions come from a mix of fans and musicians themselves, so there are some duplicates.

Awards director Amanda Gorman said that white the team were busy assessing eligibility of each nomination, they were completely astounded by the quality and diversity of tracks thrown in the mix.

“We’ve got a beautiful mix of nationally and internationally recognised artists such as Casey Barnes, Hollow Coves, Hussy Hicks and PACES, nominated alongside newcomers such as Stone Rising, Citrus Daze and Vallies,” Amanda said.

Song of the Year, sponsored by CBD Live is is one of the most hotly contended categories at the Gold Coast Music Awards.

Songs are judged on their lyricism and musicality as well as their innovation, originality, creativity and production value. The potential or reach of a song will also be given great consideration.

Amanda said the judges had a challenging task ahead of them.

“There’s so much genre diversity within the nominations,” Amanda said, “but one thing that does stand out is the astounding production quality across all of the tracks.”

It’s heartening to see such a huge volume of incredible music being made right here by Gold Coast artists.

Song of the Year is just one category in the 2020 Awards program with Release of the Year – for an album or EP receiving more than 80 submissions, Breakout Artist receiving 104 and Video of the Year receiving 74. It is worth noting that some of those submissions would be duplicates from fans.

Want to check out some of the best songs from the Gold Coast, released in 2019? How’s this incredible playlist we’ve put together? It’s the exact playlist that judges will be listening to as they assess each song against the criteria laid out by organisers.

Judges meet during March with finalists announced first week April. Winners are announced 30 April at a glittering ceremony, right on the beach in Surfers Paradise.

LISTEN: Gold Coast Music Awards 2020 Song of the Year nominations

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