Nominations for the 11TH AIR Awards are in.

Acknowledging Australia’s best independent recording artists, the 2017 AIR Awards ceremony will offer an added height of excitement as it settles into its new home at Queen’s Theatre, Adelaide on Thursday 27th of July 2017.

The AIR Awards have evolved from a small gathering of people at the inaugural Awards in 2006 to become a key event in the Australian music industry calendar. The event showcases and pays tribute to hundreds of Independent artists and labels, delivering performances from some of Australia’s finest acts. Over 100 individual Awards have been presented to date and for many winners it has been the first industry recognition they have received, serving to help springboard them to national and international attention, recognition and success. With genres crossing jazz, classical, blues and roots, country, hip hop, hard rock/punk and dance/electronica,

The 2017 AIR Awards nominees are…

Best Independent Artist
D. D. Dumbo
Flume
A.B. Original
Alex Lahey
Ali Barter

Best Independent Album Or EP
Ngaiire – Blastoma
A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia
Alex Lahey – B Grade University
D. D. Dumbo – Utopia Defeated
Big Scary – Animal

Best Independent Single
Flume – Never Be Like You (Feat. Kai)
D. D. Dumbo – Satan
A.B. Original – January 26 Feat. Dan Sultan
Big Scary – The Opposite Of Us
Alex Lahey – You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me

Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year – Presented By PPCA
Julia Jacklin
D.D. Dumbo
A.B. Original
Camp Cope
Alex Lahey

Best Independent Hip Hop Album
Remi – Divas And Demons
A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia
L-Fresh The Lion – Become
Hau – The No End Theory
Milwaukee Banks – Deep Into The Night

Best Independent Country Album
William Crighton – William Crighton
Henry Wagons – After What I Did Last Night
Big Smoke – Time Is Golden
Bill Chambers – Cold Trail
Halfway – The Golden Halfway Record

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album
Archie Roach – Let Love Rule
The Waifs – Beautiful You
Russell Morris – Red Dirt Red Heart
Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let The Kids Win
The Wilson Pickers – You Can’t Catch Fish From A Train

Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy Or Punk Album
Dead Letter Circus – Aesthesis
Violent Soho – Waco
Luca Brasi – If This Is All We’re Going To Be
Hellions – Opera Oblivia
Twelve Foot Ninja – Outlier

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album
Flume – Skin
Jagwar Ma – Every Now & Then
Elizabeth Rose – Intra
Friendships – Nullabor 1988-1989
Rainbow Chan – Spacings

Best Independent Dance, Electronica Or Club Single
Flume – Never Be Like You (Feat. Kai)
Nick Murphy – Stop Me (Stop You)
Starley – Call On Me

Best Independent Jazz Album
Vince Jones & Paul Grabowsky – Provenance
Keller Murphy Browne – Travellers
James Morrison & Don Burrows – In Good Company
Ben Winkelman Trio – The Knife

Best Independent Classical Album
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra – Brandenburg Celebrates
Slava Grigoryan – Bach: Cello Suites Vol 1
Australian Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tognetti – Mozart’s Last Symphonies
Genevieve Lacey & James Crabb – Heard This And Thought Of You

With the full list of artist nominations now announced, stay tuned for the AIR Award nominations for Best Independent Label to be revealed soon.

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