As is now the AWMAs tradition, the Australian Women in Music conference’s panel on stereotypes and images of gender, race, sex and cultural diversity marked a win for the music industry today.

Moderated by brilliant (and funny) First Nations Broadcaster Rhianna Patrick, the panel of artists and industry dove into topics considered taboo among many circles – even in the post-#metoo era.

Angela Samut (CEO, QMusic), Amy Sheppard (Artist, Sheppard), Billie McCarthy (Artist) and Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers (Artist, Hot Brown Honey) were candid, honest, and spoke from a place which not only sobered the audience, but gave us real tools for change.

Titled Image Making – The Changing Face of Music, Rhianna Patrick expertly introduced the panel offering recent examples of women railing against objectification. Billie Eilish is renowned for her androgynous clothing yet revealed she can’t escape sexualisation and double standards. In 2014, Maddie & Tae fired a shot at bro country in ‘Girl In A Country Song’. And who could forget when Jessica Mauboy was told to “lose the jelly belly” from Kyle Sandilands on Australian Idol when she was 16-years-old?

Yet, the late and great Biggie Smalls was never asked about his weight during his prolific career and Lizzo is globally celebrated, despite her weight being a hot topic for media.