SA Music Awards Winners Shine At Gala Event

Adelaide, it seems, is brimming with talent as evidenced by the winners of the SA Music Awards 2016 at Norwood Concert Hall on Friday.

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Bad//Dreems, A.B. Original, Tkay Maizda and MANE have walked away as the big winners at the 2016 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards in what was a highly successful evening to celebrate the state’s brightest original contemporary musicians.

Self-proclaimed outsider rockers Bad//Dreems received the coveted awards for Best Release for their debut album Dogs at Bay and Best Group, and then wowed the 500 strong crowd with a lively performance of their new single ‘Mob Rule’.

Newcomer MANE was awarded Best Female Artist and Most Popular Pop Artist in the public-voted category, while Tkay Maidza, one of Australia’s most exciting music exports, went home with Best Song for ‘Ghost’ and Best International Collaboration for ‘Do It Right’ with French producer Martin Solveig. Tkay has had a huge year having only just released her debut album and scoring a nomination for BET’s ‘Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act’ award.

The uncompromising and outspoken A.B. Original – made up of the highly acclaimed rapper/producer Trials (Funkoars) and rapper Briggs went home with the awards for Best New Artist and Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Artist. Their highly anticipated debut album Reclaim Australia is due for release on November 25 through The Hilltop Hoods’ label Golden Era and Brigg’s own label Bad Apples.

Created by his family in honour of Ryan Freeman, a live music fan who passed away in 2009, The Ryan Freeman Live Music Award, was awarded to the industrious folk troubadour Kaurna Cronin who also received $4000 to assist his career.

The awards also recognised outstanding industry figures and events. Craig Lock from 5/4 Entertainment received Best Manager for a second year running, WOMADelaide was awarded prize for Best Festival/Best Music Event also for a second year and the beloved Grace Emily Hotel scored Best Music Venue.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a way for Music SA to acknowledge someone in South Australia who has had an established history of distinguished service to the local music industry said Anne Wiberg, Chair of Music SA:

“We wanted to identify and celebrate a person who has exhibited leadership and inspiration to others and were thrilled to give the award to Gary Burrows who has been working at APRA AMCOS for over 30 years. On top of this, he continues his life-long passion of mentoring artists, writing original music and performing.”

The evening’s entertainment saw a huge cast of South Australia’s most notable musicians share the stage under the supervision of ARIA-nominated Musical Director Ross McHenry; The Derringers All-Stars Band consisted of an eight-piece band plus string quartet, 13-member choir and special guests including Bad//Dreems, Taasha Coates (The Audreys), Jesse Davidson, Oisima, Rin McArdle, Dusty Lee, Naomi Keyte, Kelly Menhennett, Koolta, Billy Bob, Snooks La Vie and many more.

TheMusic.com.au’s public-voted categories, which were expanded for 2016, saw more than 4,000 votes pour in up 250% on 2015.

This year’s event marks Music SA’s second year as custodians of the recently rebranded awards which were previously known as the Fowlers Live Music Awards.

The night was an incredible success for Music SA, says General Manager Lisa Bishop, “We could not be more proud to recognise and celebrate the wealth of talent we have in South Australia. Every year we see the talent develop, and more and more South Australian artists contend on the international stage.”

WINNERS: 2016 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARDS

BEST RELEASE
BAD//DREEMS / DOGS AT BAY

BEST MALE ARTIST
JESSE DAVIDSON

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
MANE

BEST GROUP
BAD//DREEMS

BEST ABORIGINAL OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ARTIST
A.B. ORIGINAL

BEST NEW ARTIST
A.B. ORIGINAL

BEST SONG
TKAY MAIDZA / GHOST

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
AARON SCHUPPAN / GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT’S ‘KAZOO’

BEST COVER ART
JAMES PACKER  / BROKERS ‘RESETTLER’

BEST MANAGER
CRAIG LOCK

BEST MUSIC VENUE
GRACE EMILY HOTEL

BEST FESTIVAL / MUSIC EVENT
WOMADELAIDE

BEST ENGINEER
TOM BARNES

BEST STUDIO
MIXMASTERS STUDIOS

RYAN FREEMAN LIVE MUSIC AWARD
KAURNA CRONIN

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
GARY BURROWS

BEST INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
TKAY MAIDZA

MOST POPULAR BLUES / ROOTS ARTIST
BEN FORD-DAVIES

MOST POPULAR COUNTRY ARTIST
MAX SAVAGE

MOST POPULAR ELECTRONIC ARTIST
MOTEZ

MOST POPULAR EXPERIMENTAL / AVANT-GARDE ARTIST
SPARKSPITTER

MOST POPULAR FOLK / ACOUSTIC ARTIST
BEN FORD-DAVIES

MOST POPULAR HEAVY ARTIST
STABBITHA AND THE KNIFEY WIFEYS

MOST POPULAR HIP-HOP ARTIST
KOOLTA

MOST POPULAR JAZZ ARTIST
ADAM PAGE & BEN TODD

MOST POPULAR POP ARTIST
MANE

MOST POPULAR ROCK ARTIST
RECREATOR

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