Tim Rogers: Double J Australian Artist of the Year 2015
Australian rock'n'roll marvel Tim Rogers was announced as the winner of 2015's Double J Australian Artist of the Year award at a ceremony in Sydney today.
I thank God and Satan every day, in both her guises.Tim Rogers
Rogers was unable to be at the ceremony, but that's no surprise.
Part of the reason for his receiving the award was the sheer workload he has taken on throughout the year. So it stands to reason that he's out on the road with his band You Am I right now.
In a video acceptance speech, Rogers expressed gratitude for being able to continue to work after years on the scene.
"I thank God and Satan for it every day, in both Her guises," he said.
"I just appreciate being given a chance and that people still ask me to work and to contribute, whether it be writing or singing or performing. I hope I can do it for a little while longer, I've gotten away with it for a little while."
This year has seen Rogers reactivate You Am I with new music and shows both at home and overseas, release an album in conjunction with The Bamboos, work as musical director for a Melbourne Theatre Company production based on his album What Rhymes With Cars and Girls, and even score his first modelling job.
"If I continue to embark upon my modelling career, one day I have money to buy you all drinks or cake or a cup of tea, or whatever you desire, really," he said in his acceptance speech.
Rogers beat out tough competition from Brisbane band Blank Realm, Melbourne future-soul world beaters Hiatus Kaiyote, soul sensations Emma Donovan & the PutBacks, and bona fide Australian legend Paul Kelly to win the award.
This is the second year the Double J Australian Artist of the Year has been awarded. The inaugural award was presented to Mia Dyson in 2014.
The full list of J Awards winners for 2015 are:
- Australian Album Of The Year: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
- Unearthed Artist Of The Year: Tired Lion
- Australian Music Video Of The Year: Life Is Better Blonde – 'Mine' (dir: Natalie Erika James)
- Double J Australian Artist Of The Year: Tim Rogers