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Stella Donnelly, John Bennett & More Score Western Australian Music Award Nominations

Written by Jackson Langford on April 17, 2018

The 2017-18 Western Australian Music Song of the Year nominees have been announced, and there’s a plethora of diverse artists up for awards.

Leading the nominations is John Bennett, with his song ‘Country Is Calling’ nominated for the Best Country, Best Regional and Outstanding Indigenous awards.

Rappers Coin Banks and Ziggy Ramo follow close behind him with two nominations each.

Huge up-and-comer Stella Donnelly, who is just off the back of her killer performances at SXSW and is currently in the middle of a co-headlining tour with Alex The Astronaut, also scored a nomination for Best Pop with her track ‘Boys Will Be Boys’.

There’s a record-breaking $45,000 worth of prizes up for grabs at this year’s ceremony, which will take place at Fly by Night Musicians Club on Wednesday, 16th May at the Victoria Hall in Fremantle.

Peep the full list of nominees below.

2017-18 WAM SONG OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

BLUES/ROOTS

The Fire Inside – Farraday’s Cage

Ghost – Kat Wilson Trio

Hometown Blues – Minky G and Rosco

Ask For It – Tracey Barnett

Lies – Carus Thompson

COUNTRY

What Am I Fighting For – Jasmine Atkins

Country Is Calling – John Bennett

Wanted Man – Kim Wainwright

The Great Escape – The Justin Walshe Folk Machine

Maybe I’m Just In Love – The Little Lord Street Band

ELECTRONIC

Juxtapose – Corbelle

Bitter Lake – Doublethink Prism

Prior Engagement – Feels

Formlessness – Mayhills

Calling – Ukiyo

EXPERIMENTAL

Man is Wolf to Man Part 1 – Bolt Gun

Unveiled – feeding | ear

The One – Intenso

Bering (Foreboding) – samarobryn

No Tether – Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

FOLK

Friends I Want to Tell You (On My Mind) – Bill Lawrie

Red Rocks – Carla Geneve

Trains And Submarines – Carus Thompson

I Only Hide – Helen Shanahan

Misplaced – Riley Pearce

HEAVY/METAL

Man is Wolf to Man Part 2 – Bolt Gun

Uncharted – Make Them Suffer

Quantum Umbrella – Nucleust

Stuck – Odditry

The Alarmist – Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

Red Light – Ultra Sound

JAZZ

Manzer Fesse – 457 World Jazz

Onward and Upward – Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group

Don’t Stop Here – Harry Mitchell

Catalyst – Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble

Tony Umbridge – MFG

OUTSTANDING INDIGENOUS

Country Is Calling – John Bennett

Culture Child – JoKeria

Little Country Town – Lullabies and Legacies

Wangkatjungka Woman – Rocky Ridge Band

Same Script – Ziggy Ramo

OUTSTANDING REGIONAL

Red Rocks – Carla Geneve

The Mountain – Harry Jakamarra

Country Is Calling – John Bennett

Three Stories to the Truth – Short & Curly

Here and Now – Tanya Ransom

POP

Love Decline – Abbe May

Forgive Us (feat. The WAAPA Gospel Choir) – Coin Banks

A Boy And A Boy – J.F.K

Misplaced – Riley Pearce

Boys Will Be Boys – Stella Donnelly

PUNK/HARDCORE

Back To The Grey – Hope Street

Make It Right – Incomplete

Witch – Los Solos

Stupefied – The Bible Bashers

Magic Glove – The Bob Gordons

ROCK

Truthless – BATS

Ashes – Camarano

A Boy And A Boy – J.F.K

Critical – The Tommyhawks

Coping – Treehouses

SCHOOLS 14 & UNDER

Walls – Darcey Morton

The Fire Inside – Farraday’s Cage

New Slate – Lily Kate and Amelia Grace

Sometimes – Luna Rozza

I Rise – Sienna Eddy

SCHOOLS 15 – 17

Hannah – Dexter Wright

Ear To Lend – Figurehead

Timeghost – hachi

The Stockman’s Grandson – Lachy John

Now I’m Here – MALi JO$E

URBAN/HIP HOP

It’s Usually Sunny in Perth – Bluntfield

Be Real (feat. Danny Martin) – Coin Banks

Navigator – Dead Tooth

Money For Portraits – POW! Negro

Same Script – Ziggy Ramo

WORLD

Same Drum – Akolkol Dastan Gesa

Blah – Brassika

FANM – Grace Barbé

Binar – Phil Walley-Stack

Clarity – Rastatrix

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