The 2020 AIR Awards were hosted in Adelaide tonight, Thursday October 1st, and featured a huge line up of guest stars, winners and amazing performances.

The event was hosted at The Lion Arts Factory, broadcast on AIR’s YouTube channel and hosted by Dylan Lewis who was joined by Adelaide host Jessica Braithwaite. The official Welcome to Country opened the ceremony and included moving performances from Stella Donnelly, The Teskey Brothers, Angie McMahon and The Soul Movers.

The night celebrates the success of the wonderful Australian Independent Music sector, with 18 awards, 4 brand new categories this year, to recognise the achievements of our home grown talent.

Maria Amato
Maria Amato

“We congratulate all the nominees and award recipients and are grateful for the ongoing support we have received from the South Australian Government and our supporting partners. We look forward to celebrating the success of the Australian Independent music sector in Adelaide again next year!” said AIR CEO Maria Amato.

In a show of girl power, both Stella Donnelly and Tones And I walked away with two awards each to add to their repertoire. Stella Donnelly won Independent Album Of The Year and Best Independent Pop Album or EP while Tones and I won Independent Song Of The Year and Breakthrough Independent Artist of The Year.

Stella Donnelly playing BIGSOUND 2017
Stella Donnelly playing BIGSOUND 2017

ABC Music came away as the Best Independent Label and thanks to Moshtix they will will receive a digital marketing package valued at $10,000 to help showcase their talent to the music public. Moshtix is Australia’s industry leading GA ticketing provider specialising in live music and entertainment, and proud supporting partner of the 2020 AIR Awards.

Proving the spirit of hard work and community in the Australian music industry, the 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by Merlin went to Emily Ulman. She did incredible work supporting artists during the COVID closure through her work creating the Isol-Aid Instagram festival.

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Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said, “Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the 2020 AIR Awards which celebrate the outstanding and inspiring talent of Australia’s independent artists across multiple genres.”

Full List of AIR Award 2020 Recipients:

Best Independent Label:
ABC Music

Independent Album Of The Year:
Stella DonnellyBeware Of The Dogs

Independent Song Of The Year:
Tones And I – ‘Dance Monkey’

Best Independent Soul/Rnb Album or EP:
Caiti Baker Dust (Pt. 1)

Best Independent Country Album or EP:
Charlie Collins – Snowpine

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album or EP:
Julia Jacklin – Crushing

Best Independent Pop Album or EP:
Stella Donnelly – Beware Of The Dogs

Best Independent Rock Album or EP:
Angie Mcmahon Salt


Best Independent Classical Album or EP:
Richard Tognetti & Erin Helyard – Beethoven & Mozart Violin Sonatas

Breakthrough Independent Artist of The Year – Presented by Ppca:
Tones And I

Best Independent Hip Hop Album or EP:
Sampa The Great – The Return


Best Independent Dance or Electronica Album or EP:
The Jungle Giants – Heavy Hearted 1,2,3,4 Am Remixes


Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single:
Dom Dolla – ‘San Frandisco’


Best Independent Jazz Album or EP:
Kate Ceberano And Paul Grabowsky – Tryst

Best Independent Punk Album or EP:
Dz Deathrays – Positive Rising: Part 1


Best Independent Heavy Album or EP:
Northlane – Alien


Best Independent Children’s Album or EP:
Regurgitator’s Pogogo Show The Really Really Really Really Boring Album

Check out more from the 2020 AIR Awards on Instagram: