Australian Women in Music Awards ‘highlight the talented and passionate women that are breaking ground’

Australian Women in Music Awards ‘highlight the talented and passionate women that are breaking ground’

Australian Women in Music Awards
Words by Staff Writer

The Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) are bigger and better than ever in 2022, with the likes of Tina Arena, Dizzy Doolan, Hot Brown Honey set to perform in a ceremony broadcast on the ABC.

While it goes down at The Tivoli in Brisbane, the AWMAs are a landmark event for the Australian music industry nationwide, and part of a broader conference that takes place on May 17 and 18 this year.

The awards have just announced this year’s lineup, including Tina Arena, Emma Donovan & Kee àhn, BARKAA & Dizzy Doolan, Sahara Beck, DJ Red Belly, Sandy Evans & Satsuki Odamura, Kween G & Lady Lash, Hot Brown Honey, Montaigne, Shakaya and Kaylah Truth.

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“These awards will recognise the talents of women from across the country who are inspiring young girls everywhere to follow their passion in music,” Queensland attorney-general Shannon Fentiman said. “The AWMA play an important role providing visiblity to the challenges facing women in the industry and help to create more opportunities for Australian women in music, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds.

“The First Nations and remote community focus of this year’s program is particularly exciting as it will provide some fantastic development and exposure opportunities for emerging female talent. We still have a way to go when it comes to achieving gender equity and diversity but it’s events like these which provide a stage for these important conversations to happen.”

The AWMAs will add one of the defining popstars of the 1980s Olivia Newton-John to its legends list, inducting her alongside Helen Reddy and Judith Durham. There will also be a performance of a new classical compositon by Elena Kats-Chernin titled ‘Jubilissima to be performed with trumpeter Leanne Sullivan.

2022 Australian Women in Music Awards finalists

Lifetime Achievement Award

FINALISTS: Keri McInerney, Kate Ceberano, Deborah Cheetham AO

Inaugural Tina Arena Special Impact Award

FINALISTS: Dina Bassile, Sahara Herald, Sonja Horbelt

Humanitarian Award

FINALISTS: Gemma Farrell, Leigh Carriage, Nancy Bates

Diversity in Music Award

FINALISTS: Alice Ivy, Eliza Hull, Mindy Meng Wang

Excellence in Classical Music Award

FINALISTS: Elena Kats-Chernin, Genevieve Lacey, Celia Craig

Artistic Excellence Award

FINALISTS: Katie Noonan, Dr Eve Klein, Elena Kats-Chernin

Studio Production Award

FINALISTS: Antonia Gauci, Becki Whitton, Alice Ivy

Live Creative Production Award

FINALISTS: Annie Peterson, Jenny Moon, Kait Hall

Live Production Touring Award

FINALISTS: Casey O’Shaughnessy, Sophie Kirov, Fanny Lumsden

Music Leadership Award

FINALISTS: Marianna Annas, Jodie Feld, Sahara Herald

Songwriter Award

FINALISTS: Dami Im, Tania Doko, Lisa Young

Emerging Artist Award

FINALISTS: GLVES, Vanessa Perica, Martha Marlow

Music Photographer Award

FINALISTS: Cybele Malinowski, Brittany Long, Michelle Pitiris

Film-maker Award

FINALISTS: Aimée-Lee Xu Hsien Curran, Natalie van den Dungen, Lucy Knox

Music Journalist Award

FINALISTS: Jane Gazzo, Sosefina Fuamoli, Poppy Reid

Excellence in Image Making Award

FINALIST: Cindy Vogels

Creative Leadership Award

FINALISTS: Annie Peterson, Vanessa Hughes, Emily Ulman

Find out more information about the Australian Women in Music Awards at their website here.