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Triple J Announces J Award Winners For 2017

Written by Emmy Mack on November 23, 2017

The results are in for the 13th annual J Awards, with triple j pounding its mighty gavel and passing final judgement on the best local artists and releases of the year.

A.B. Original have walked away as the big winner, beating out the likes of Alex Lahey, Gang of Youths, Meg Mac, The Smith Street Band & more to take home the trophy for Australian Album Of The Year, off the back of their explosive politically-charged LP Reclaim Australia.

It comes after the hip-hop collective also swept this year’s Music Victoria Awards, the National Indigenous Music Awards and the Australian Independent Music Awards.

Meanwhile, the Double J Artist Of The Year J Award, which celebrates the artist who’s slayed the airwaves over at triple j‘s digital older sister station, has been swept up by Jen Cloher.

Elsewhere, Tash Sultana passes her Unearthed Artist Of The Year crown to Stella Donnelly, who’s bagged the accolade for 2017 off the back of her breakout singles ‘Mechanical Bull’ and ‘Boys Will Be Boys’, and will reign for the next 12-months.

And finally, on the visual side of things, Client Liaison have claimed the Australian Music Video Of The Year gong for their Tina Arena-starring in-flight adventure music video for ‘A Foreign Affair’, directed by Tim White, which you can check out below.

In case for some reason you didn’t know, the J Awards are part of triple j‘s Ausmusic month, which celebrates the tunes being farmed in our very own backyard.

Catch the full list of 2017 J Award winners below.

2017 J Award Winners

triple j Australian Album of the Year

A.B. Original, Reclaim Australia — WINNER
Alex Lahey, I Love You Like A Brother
Ali Barter, A Suitable Girl
Gang of Youths, Go Farther In Lightness
Gordi, Reservoir
Meg Mac, Low Blows
Methyl Ethel, Everything Is Forgotten
The Smith Street Band, More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me
Thundamentals, Everyone We Know
Vera Blue, Perennial

Double J Artist of the Year

Dan Sultan
Jen Cloher — WINNER
Kardajala Kirridarra
Lance Ferguson
Paul Kelly

Unearthed Artist of the Year

Alex The Astronaut
Baker Boy
Confidence Man
Ruby Fields
Stella Donnelly — WINNER

Australian Music Video of the Year

Client Liaison ‘A Foreign Affair {Ft. Tina Arena}’, Director: Tim White – WINNER
A.B. Original ‘Report To The Mist’, Director: Josh Davis & Heath Kerr
Kirin J Callinan ‘Big Enough {Ft. Alex Cameron, Molly Lewis & Jimmy Barnes}’, Director: Danny Cohen
Methyl Ethel ‘Ubu’, Director: PAXI
Jack River ‘Fool’s Gold’, Director: Matt Sav

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