The 2018 NIMAs nominations prove it's been an amazing year for Indigenous music
The National Indigenous Music Awards are all set to happen again in Darwin next month, celebrating what has been an incredibly strong year in Indigenous music in this country.
In a year that saw Gurrumul’s stunning Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) become the first album in Indigenous language to debut at number one on the ARIA charts, and young talent like Kuren, Kardajala Kirridarra, Baker Boy and Emily Wurramara hit new highs in their already acclaimed careers, we don’t envy the judges having to decide who takes out the prizes at the NIMAs this year.
Baker Boy and Gurrumul have both scored three nominations apiece, while favourites like Dan Sultan, Alice Skye, Kardajala Kirridarra and Emily Wurramara all have two nominations this year.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
Album of the Year:
Dan Sultan – Killer
Emily Wurramara – Milyakburra
Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)
Kardajala Kirridarra – Kardajala Kirridarra
Kuren – Melting Conceptually
Song of the Year:
Baker Boy – ‘Marryuna’
Busby Marou – ‘Days of Gold’
Dan Sultan – ‘Kingdom’
Gurrumul – ‘Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)’
Kardajala Kirridarra – ‘Ngurra’
Artist of the Year:
Best New Talent:
Film Clip of the Year:
Alice Skye – ‘Friends With Feelings’
Baker Boy – ‘Marryuna’
Birdz – ‘This Side’
Black Rock Band – ‘Bininj Kuborrk’
Jessica Mauboy – ‘We Got Love’
Community Clip of the Year:
Ali Curung NT – ‘Bounce With Me’
B-Town Warriors – ‘Thundercloud: Bourke’
Condobolin, NSW: The Condo Crew – ‘How Ya Feelin’
Githabul Next Generation – ‘Looking Out For Country’
Mulli Mulli Yiyili Mawoolie – ‘Yiyili Kids’
If you’re lucky enough to be in Darwin this August, you should very strongly consider heading to the ceremony, as the list of performers for this year is nothing short of staggering.
Baker Boy, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers with Alan Pigram, Roger Knox, Kardajala Kirridarra, Yirrmal, Kenbi Dancers, Central Australian Women’s Choir and Stiff Gins are all locked in to play.
So is the still as-yet undecided triple j Unearthed winner, and given that previous years have seen the likes of Thelma Plum, Kuren, Robbie Miller and the mighty Baker Boy, you know that’s worth
The National Indigenous Music Awards take place at the Darwin Amphitheatre on Saturday 11 August. Tickets are on sale now.