triple j’s annual J Awards have wrapped up for another year, with Middle Kids, Gurrumul, Kwame, and Mojo Juju winning big at this year’s event.
Earlier this month, triple j announced the nominees for their annual J Awards. Now in its 14th year, some of the best and brightest Australian musicians received nods in categories for Australian Album, Double J Artist, Unearthed Artist, and Australian Music Video of the year.
Now, following an announcement ceremony at beloved Melbourne music venue Howler, this year’s winners have been revealed.
Taking out the prestigious honour of triple j Australian Album of the Year, Middle Kids have emerged victorious, with Lost Friends winning out against releases by Amy Shark, Courtney Barnett, Tash Sultana, DMA’S, and many more.
“From Middle Kids’ first Unearthed upload through to their incredible debut album and beyond, their song-writing is instantly familiar while being refreshingly original,” explained triple j Music Director Nick Findlay. ”
“This is nowhere more evident than on their J Award winning album Lost Friends. Most records have peaks and troughs, but it’s all peaks on this release.”
“At the heart of every song is Hannah Joy’s golden voice; combined with Hannah, Tim and Harry’s instrumentation it creates a rich sonic palette that traverses anthemic rock, alt-country and bitter sweet indie ballads.”