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Finalists Announced for 2021 Gold Coast Music Awards

August 5, 2021

San Mei (Photo credit: NJA Photography)

Back for its seventh year, Gold Coast’s flagship music industry event, the Gold Coast Music Awards.

Presented by SPRINGTIME festival, today announced 50 finalists across nine categories.

Award-winning hip-hop artist Jesswar; enigmatic indie-rockers Peach Fur; and international country music star Casey Barnes were frontrunners, each earning finalist positions in more than four categories, including the coveted Artist Of The Year gong that Barnes will be defending after his win last year.

Several first-time finalists were also recognised, including acoustic sensation Beckah Amani, chasing Breakout Artist Of The Year after huge Queensland Music Award wins and a Tones and I support slot; as well as fresh indie-pop duo Geniie Boy; and First Nations artist-fronted hitmakers, Selve and AYA J.

“For a year that saw the music industry gutted with uncertainty, reduced venue capacities and cancelled events, Gold Coast’s musicians and our beloved venues have outdone themselves. While we can only give away a small number of awards, we really want to acknowledge the immense achievements of all nominees,” said Gold Coast Music Awards chairperson, Samantha Morris.

Despite a tough year for the industry, the exceptional entrants made judging tough too. With more than 650 nominations received this year, “Each category was passionately debated by judges and for the first time, we even released the judging shortlist to acknowledge the quality of talent in the region.”

“More and more Gold Coast artists are growing into national and international exports, including our alumni: Amy Shark, Hollow Coves, Eliza and the Delusionals, Jacob Lee and Wolfmother’s Ian Peres. It’s exciting to have seen and supported their progression over the years and we can’t wait to see what this year’s crop achieves in the future,” Ms Morris said.

“The Gold Coast Music Awards is an important beacon for our local music industry during these challenging times. I congratulate all the nominated artists and businesses and look forward to celebrating the strength and resilience of the local scene and the quality of their output,” Tate said.


Peach Fur

Beckah Amani


Gold Coast Music Awards 2021 Finalists

Artist of the Year sponsored by Southern Cross University

  • Casey Barnes
  • Eliza and the Delusionals
  • Hollow Coves
  • Jesswar
  • Karl S Williams
  • Mass Sky Raid
  • Peach Fur

Breakout Artist of the Year sponsored by Griffith University and the Queensland Conservatorium

  • Beckah Amani
  • Buttered
  • Daste.
  • Greatest Hits
  • Jesswar
  • Peach Fur
  • Rave Radio
  • René Le Feuvre

Live Act of the Year sponsored by Gold Coast Music

  • Busby Marou
  • Casey Barnes
  • Donny Love
  • Hussy Hicks
  • Jesswar
  • Karl S Williams
  • Peach Fur
  • Selve
  • Tijuana Cartel

Musician of the Year sponsored by TAFE Queensland

  • Ella Fence
  • Fletcher Babb
  • Harry J Hart
  • Jackson Dunn
  • Lindsay Waddington
  • Majelen
  • Mitch King
  • Scott French

Release of the Year sponsored by Blank Street Press

  • Casey Barnes – Town of a Million Dreams
  • DOOLIE – Hope You Like My Mixtape
  • Hussy Hicks – Gather Up The People
  • Jesswar – Tropixx
  • Karl S Williams – Lifeblood
  • Peach Fur – Awake
  • Saint Lane – If You Leave Me In The Fire
  • These Four Walls – This Is Not A Future

Song of the Year sponsored by CBD Live

  • AYA J – Shine
  • Beckah Amani – Standards
  • Casey Barnes – Come Turn Me On
  • DVNA – All My Friends
  • DENNIS. X FDVM– Run Little House
  • Eliza and the Delusionals – Sentimental
  • Geniie Boy – Fool’s Play
  • Jesswar – Venom
  • Lastlings – Take My Hand
  • Peach Fur – Preloved
  • Saint Lane – When Did We Grow Up?
  • These Four Walls – White Lies

Venue of the Year sponsored by Oztix

  • CBD Live
  • elsewhere
  • Miami Marketta
  • Mo’s Desert Clubhouse
  • Soundlounge
  • Wallaby Hotel

Video of the Year sponsored by QT Gold Coast

  • American Doubles ft JVMIE – Can’t Let Go
  • Baltimore Gun Club – Universe City
  • Beckah Amani – Standards
  • boWsER – Supersonic
  • DENNIS. – What You Do ft. Professor Paul
  • Eliza and the Delusionals – Sentimental
  • Jesswar – Venom
  • Selve – The Pink Hotel
  • Tijuana Cartel – Minimal Stuffing

Gold Coast Music Prize sponsored by Friends of the Arts

  • Chloe Styler
  • EUCA
  • Girl and Girl
  • Harry J Hart
  • Liv Heyer
  • Pure Milk
  • Selve
  • Talia Rose

People’s Choice Award sponsored by Burleigh Brewing Co.

Open to all finalists – open for public voting Thursday 19 August

The Gold Coast Music Awards is produced by Blank Street Press and proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and Major Events Gold Coast. 

Hollow Coves

Girl and Girl

CBD Live