THE STARS COME OUT FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS

August 16, 2020

Performances from Archie Roach, Thelma Plum, Miiesha and more, live crosses to Jessica Mauboy, Mitch Tambo, Electric Fields & Warumpi Band Tribute 

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The performers for this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards have been announced today, including a tribute to the Warumpi Band with an exclusive performance of ‘My Island Home’ featuring songwriter Neil Murray and the artist who took it to the mainstream, Christine Anu alongside Mau Power, Jim Moginie and Rob Hirst

The awards, broadcast on National Indigenous Television (NITV), Double J, National Indigenous Radio Service, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter at 7pm AEST on August 8 will also feature national treasure Archie Roach, Gumbaynggirr and Yamatji singer Emma Donovan and the new guard of Australian music including Gamilaraay singer Thelma Plum, Pitjantjatjara and Torres Strait Island R&B star Miiesha, Numbulwar band Mambali and triple j Unearthed competition winners JK-47

“The awards, produced in partnership with NITV will be hosted by Elaine Crombie (Top Of The Lake, Top End Wedding, Black Comedy) and Steven Oliver (Faboriginal, A Chance Affair, Black Comedy) and feature crosses to superstars Jessica Mauboy, Mitch Tambo and Electric Fields, and remote communities including Yirrkala and more, bringing a fun, inclusive, sometimes emotional and family-friendly program. The public can engage across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, creating a unique online event celebrating community and connection at a time where it’s needed most.”

Our First Nations artists are more visible than ever before, raising their strong voices for #blacklivesmatter and taking centre stage in the nation’s response to COVID-19 providing inspiration and innovation with webcasts and online performances which have pushed our music and culture to an increasingly international audience. 

Overseen by Creative Director Ben Graetz, the NIMAs will be live from Larrakia Country (Darwin), with artists joining in from around the country performing live, accepting awards and joining in the national celebration of Indigenous music. Performers, guests, the Hall of Fame induction and a few very special surprises will be announced soon for what is sure to be an unmissable event. 

"What makes this year so exciting, is that we are able to involve and showcase many more of our First Nation artists and musicians through the virtual platform. Also to be able to connect regionally and remotely is extremely exciting," said Ben Graetz

For the first time, the NIMAs will welcome a 100% First Nations camera crew for the production as well as a majority First Nations production crew as it moves towards a path of First Nations self-determination. 

Head of Indigenous Content at SBS and NITV Channel Manager, Tanya Orman, said: “Here at NITV, the NIMAs always hold a special spot on our events calendar. In a year that has been particularly challenging, we can’t wait to celebrate the biggest and brightest talents in the First Nations music community and share the experience Australia wide.” 

The National Indigenous Music Awards airs at 7pm AEST on August 8 across NITV, 

Double J, National Indigenous Radio Service, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. 

APPEARING AT THE 2020 NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS 

PERFORMING LIVE

Archie Roach

My Island Home ft. Christine Anu, Mau Power, Neil Murray, Jim Moginie, Rob Hirst

Thelma Plum

Miiesha Mambali

JK-47

Emma Donovan 

LIVE CROSSES

Jessica Mauboy

Mitch Tambo

Electric Fields 

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS 2020 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Baker Boy

Electric Fields

Emily Wurramara

Jessica Mauboy

Mau Power

Thelma Plum 

SONG OF THE YEAR

Alice Skye - I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good

Baker Boy ft. Jess B - Meditjin

Briggs ft. Tim Minchin - House Fyre

Electric Fields & Keiino - Would I Lie

Kee’ahn - Better Things

Thelma Plum - Homecoming Queen 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Archie Roach - Tell Me Why

Jessica Mauboy - Hilda

Mau Power - Blue Lotus The Awakening

Miiesha - Nyaaringu

Ray Dimakarri Dixon - Standing Strong Mudburra Man 

FILM CLIP OF THE YEAR

Baker Boy ft. Jess B - Meditjin

Briggs ft. Tim Minchin - House Fyre

Dallas Woods - If It Glitters It’s Gold

Miiesha - Drowning

Tasman Keith - Billy Bad Again 

NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR

Allara Dallas Woods Kee’ahn Miiesha Mitch Tambo

COMMUNITY CLIP OF THE YEAR

Booningbah Goories Bwgcolman Mob Githabul Next Generation Iron Range Danger Gang KDA Crew Ntaria Connect  

INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE AWARD

Rrawun Maymuru & Nick Wales - Nyapililngu (Spirit Lady) Stuart Nugget - Nayurni (Woman) 

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