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Sydney’s FBi Radio has announced the winners of its annual Sydney Music, Arts & Culture (SMAC) Awards, after thousands of locals voted for the city’s most influential musicians, artists, performers, restaurants and events of 2017.
Local indie crew Body Type took home both the Next Big Thing and Best Live Act awards, while Best Music Event went to the one-day festival Soft Centre.
The 2017 SMAC Of The Year award went to Sydney activist and GetUp’s YES campaign figurehead Sally Rugg, for her work in the push for marriage equality.
“[Rugg] played a crucial hand not only in bringing her community’s ideas resoundingly into the mainstream, but in codifying them in the law of the land,” said FBi Radio’s Managing Director Clare Holland.
“She helped build a broad coalition around the idea that Marriage Equality is a necessary ingredient of any culture that values equality, fairness and expression. Through the community that she fostered, those alienated and brutalised by the campaigns surrounding the vote found the strength and support to endure. And to prevail.”
Peep the full list of 2017 FBi SMAC Award winners below, and all the nominees right here.
2017 FBi SMAC Award Winners
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Cloud Control – Zone
Presented by APRA AMCOS
Rainbow Chan – ‘Let Me’
NEXT BIG THING
BEST LIVE ACT
Presented by Young Henrys
BEST MUSIC EVENT
Presented by 42BELOW
BEST ARTS PROGRAM
Liveworks 2017 – Performance Space
BEST ON STAGE
Bennelong – Bangarra Dance Theatre
SMAC OF THE YEAR
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