Snap Scene: Music Victoria Awards, Melbourne Recital Centre, 9th Dec 2021

The 2021 Music Victoria Awards winners are a testament to the strength and diversity of Victoria’s thriving music scene.

In another glorious evening of accolades and live music, the Music Victoria Awards honoured the state’s best acts, albums, songs and musicians of the year at its 17th annual event. The Melbourne Recital Centre came alive once again with music lovers, industry and artists gathering together during Melbourne Music Week to celebrate a joyous end to one of the hardest-hit years the sector has ever faced. The ceremony was live-streamed on Youtube and broadcast via Channel 31 to award the 16 industry-voted categories, seven public-voted categories as well as formally induct the 2021 Hall of Fame inductees.

Music Victoria Awards Winners (public-voted)

BEST ALBUM
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Crossover – (Castlemaine/Melbourne)

BEST GROUP
Emma Donovan and The Putbacks – (Castlemaine/Melbourne)

BEST SONG
Hiatus Kaiyote – Red Room

BEST SOLO ARTIST
Sampa the Great

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Maple Glider

BEST MUSICIAN
Mindy Meng Wang

BEST LIVE ACT
Amyl and The Sniffers

Music Victoria Awards Winners (industry-voted)

ARCHIE ROACH FOUNDATION AWARD FOR EMERGING TALENT (FOR FIRST NATIONS ACTS)
Allara

ARTS ACCESS VICTORIA AMPLIFY AWARD (FOR DEAF AND DISABLED ACTS)
Eliza Hull – (Castlemaine)

BEST REGIONAL/OUTER SUBURBAN ACT
Baker Boy – (Ocean Grove)

BEST BLUES ACT
Dan Dinnen & Shorty

BEST COUNTRY ACT
The Weeping Willows

BEST ELECTRONIC ACT
Female Wizard

BEST EXPERIMENTAL OR AVANT-GARDE ACT
Candlesnuffer

BEST FOLK ACT
Charm of Finches

BEST HEAVY ACT
Dr. Colossus – (Surf Coast)

BEST HIP HOP ACT
DRMNGNOW – (Shepparton)

BEST INTERCULTURAL ACT
Ajak Kwai

BEST JAZZ ACT
Andrea Kellar

BEST POP ACT
Alice Skye – (Warrandyte)

BEST REGGAE AND DANCEHALL ACT
JahWise Productions

BEST PUNK/ROCK ACT
CIVIC

BEST SOUL, FUNK, R’N’B OR GOSPEL ACT
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – (Castlemaine/Melbourne)

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Kylie Minogue
Pierre Baroni

About Mary Boukouvalas 1315 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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