The AIR Awards winners have just been announced, and Courtney Barnett has become the biggest winner for 2019.
For years now, AIR has recognised Australia’s best independent creatives. Whether it be on stage, or behind the scenes, the best of the industry are recognised.
The biggest gong has gone to Chapter Music, who have been awarded the Best Independent Label Award. This means Chapter Music, whose current roster includes over 50 acts, will score a $20,000 digital marketing package. This is supported by leading ticketing company moshtix.
A big winner in this year’s AIR Awards is Courtney Barnett. Her latest record Tell Me How You Really Feel has taken her all over the globe. She’s been recognised as the Best Independent Artist, and that album scored the Best Independent Album or EP award. Gurrumul’s posthumous album Djarimirri has also received the Best Independent Album or EP award for 2019.
Breakout star G Flip, whose new album was announced today, has scored a nod for Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year [Presented by PPCA]. This news comes as she announces her new album About Us today.
Mojo Juju’s ‘Native Tongue’ has been recognised as being a favourite for 2019. The track scored the award for Best Independent Single. Brisbane-based singer Emily Wurramara has scored a nod for Milyakburra. That record has been awarded the Best Blues & Roots Album.
Perhaps most notable is the Outstanding Achievement Award. This award aims to recognise the people working behind the scenes for going above and beyond. This year, that award goes to Gerard McKenna of White Sky.
For the full list of award winners, read below.
Courtney Barnett – ‘Everybody Here Hates You’
2019 AIR Awards
FULL WINNERS LIST
Best Independent Label – Chapter Music
Best Independent Artist – Courtney Barnett
Best Independent Album or EP – Courtney Barnett’s Tell Me How You Really Feel & Gurrumul’s Djarimirri
Best Independent Single – Mojo Juju’s ‘Native Tongue’
Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year [Presented by PPCA] – G Flip
Best Independent Hip Hop Album – B Wise’s Area Famous
Best Independent Country Album – Beccy Cole’s Lioness
Best Independent Blues & Roots Album – Emily Wurramara’s Milyakburra
Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album – DZ Deathrays’ Bloody Lovely
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album or EP – Confidence Man’s Confident Music For Confident People
Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single – What So Not’s ‘Beautiful ft. Winona Oak’
Best Independent Jazz Album – Jonathan Zwartz’s Animarum
Best Independent Classical Album – Grigoryan Brothers/Adelaide Symphony Orchestra/Benjamin Northey’s Bach Concertos
Outstanding Achievement Award [Supported by Merlin] – Gerarda McKenna