Stella Donnelly, John Bennett & More Score Western Australian Music Award Nominations

Written by Jackson Langford on 20th April, 2018

Stella Donnelly, John Bennett & More Score Western Australian Music Award Nominations

The 2017-18 Western Australian Music Song of the Year nominees have been announced, and there’s a plethora of diverse artists up for awards.

Leading the nominations is John Bennett, with his song ‘Country Is Calling’ nominated for the Best Country, Best Regional and Outstanding Indigenous awards.

Rappers Coin Banks and Ziggy Ramo follow close behind him with two nominations each.

Huge up-and-comer Stella Donnelly, who is just off the back of her killer performances at SXSW and is currently in the middle of a co-headlining tour with Alex The Astronaut, also scored a nomination for Best Pop with her track ‘Boys Will Be Boys’.

There’s a record-breaking $45,000 worth of prizes up for grabs at this year’s ceremony, which will take place at Fly by Night Musicians Club on Wednesday, 16th May at the Victoria Hall in Fremantle.

Peep the full list of nominees below.

2017-18 WAM SONG OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

BLUES/ROOTS
The Fire Inside – Farraday’s Cage
Ghost – Kat Wilson Trio
Hometown Blues – Minky G and Rosco
Ask For It – Tracey Barnett
Lies – Carus Thompson

COUNTRY
What Am I Fighting For – Jasmine Atkins
Country Is Calling – John Bennett
Wanted Man – Kim Wainwright
The Great Escape – The Justin Walshe Folk Machine
Maybe I’m Just In Love – The Little Lord Street Band

ELECTRONIC
Juxtapose – Corbelle
Bitter Lake – Doublethink Prism
Prior Engagement – Feels
Formlessness – Mayhills
Calling – Ukiyo

EXPERIMENTAL
Man is Wolf to Man Part 1 – Bolt Gun
Unveiled – feeding | ear
The One – Intenso
Bering (Foreboding) – samarobryn
No Tether – Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

FOLK
Friends I Want to Tell You (On My Mind) – Bill Lawrie
Red Rocks – Carla Geneve
Trains And Submarines – Carus Thompson
I Only Hide – Helen Shanahan
Misplaced – Riley Pearce

HEAVY/METAL
Man is Wolf to Man Part 2 – Bolt Gun
Uncharted – Make Them Suffer
Quantum Umbrella – Nucleust
Stuck – Odditry
The Alarmist – Tangled Thoughts of Leaving
Red Light – Ultra Sound

JAZZ
Manzer Fesse – 457 World Jazz
Onward and Upward – Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group
Don’t Stop Here – Harry Mitchell
Catalyst – Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble
Tony Umbridge – MFG

OUTSTANDING INDIGENOUS
Country Is Calling – John Bennett
Culture Child – JoKeria
Little Country Town – Lullabies and Legacies
Wangkatjungka Woman – Rocky Ridge Band
Same Script – Ziggy Ramo

OUTSTANDING REGIONAL
Red Rocks – Carla Geneve
The Mountain – Harry Jakamarra
Country Is Calling – John Bennett
Three Stories to the Truth – Short & Curly
Here and Now – Tanya Ransom

POP
Love Decline – Abbe May
Forgive Us (feat. The WAAPA Gospel Choir) – Coin Banks
A Boy And A Boy – J.F.K
Misplaced – Riley Pearce
Boys Will Be Boys – Stella Donnelly

PUNK/HARDCORE
Back To The Grey – Hope Street
Make It Right – Incomplete
Witch – Los Solos
Stupefied – The Bible Bashers
Magic Glove – The Bob Gordons

ROCK
Truthless – BATS
Ashes – Camarano
A Boy And A Boy – J.F.K
Critical – The Tommyhawks
Coping – Treehouses

SCHOOLS 14 & UNDER
Walls – Darcey Morton
The Fire Inside – Farraday’s Cage
New Slate – Lily Kate and Amelia Grace
Sometimes – Luna Rozza
I Rise – Sienna Eddy

SCHOOLS 15 – 17
Hannah – Dexter Wright
Ear To Lend – Figurehead
Timeghost – hachi
The Stockman’s Grandson – Lachy John
Now I’m Here – MALi JO$E

URBAN/HIP HOP
It’s Usually Sunny in Perth – Bluntfield
Be Real (feat. Danny Martin) – Coin Banks
Navigator – Dead Tooth
Money For Portraits – POW! Negro
Same Script – Ziggy Ramo

WORLD
Same Drum – Akolkol Dastan Gesa
Blah – Brassika
FANM – Grace Barbé
Binar – Phil Walley-Stack
Clarity – Rastatrix


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