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Blue mountain pair Hermitude have been given the nod to take out the 8th Annual Australian Prize (AMP). It was the duo’s latest album HyperParadise that got them head and shoulders above 9 other shortlisted artists for the accolade, which also comes with a cheeky $30,000.
The recipient of the award is decided by a panel of learned music people, including Sam Lockwood from The Jezabels, who took out last year’s AMP award. The judges took into account around 300 albums, shortlisting those who stood out based on their individual and unique merits.
The shortlist would have made for an impressive playlist, featuring Flume, Tame Impala and The Presets. But Hermitude beat them all. This is just the latest of feathers to add to their caps. Their recent run of headlining tour dates saw sold-out signs pop up all over the country.
In fact, winning awards is something Hermitude would probably be getting used to these days. Joining their AMP award on the shelf will be their AIR award and two SMAC awards – the pair just missed out on their ARIA and J Award nomination, but hey, there’s always next time.
PPCA, who endorse the awards, are chuffed with the decision, commenting “On behalf of all at PPCA, it is an honour to present Hermitude with a cheque for $30,000 for what was truly a remarkable album and a worthy addition to the growing list of AMP winners that have left their mark on the Australian music scene,” says CEO Dan Rosen. “Congratulations to Hermitude and we hope this contribution from PPCA will provide further assistance in taking their music to the world.”
Nice one, boys! Pub?