Baker Boy Cleans Up At 2020 National Indigenous Music Awards

Yolngu hip-hop sensation Baker Boy has swept this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards, winning big with his single ‘Meditjin’.

The rapper nabbed the big Artist of the Year gong, as well as bagging the awards for Song of the Year and Film Clip of the Year during the two-hour ceremony on Saturday night, which was moved online due to COVID-19.

Accepting his award live from Bendigo, Baker Boy – real name Danzal Baker – paid tribute to other First Nations artists in his thank you speech.

“Woah, my heart! This is crazy,” he reacted.

“I honestly didn’t think I could win at all tonight, but I just want to say to all the nominees tonight across all of the categories; you are incredible, you are amazing and I am so proud of you all, my brothers and sisters.

“To my family back in Darwin across Arnhem Land, I’m so proud to represent my people and so overwhelmed by the support and success I have achieved rapping in Yolgnu Matha and English.”

Elsewhere, Uncle Archie Roach was awarded Album of the Year for his Tell Me Why LP. While his wife, Ruby Hunter, was posthumously inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame.

Catch the full list of 2020 NIMA’s winners below!

2020 NIMA Award Winners

Artist of the Year

Baker Boy – WINNER

Electric Fields

Emily Wurramara

Jessica Mauboy

Mau Power

Thelma Plum

Album of the Year

Archie Roach – Tell Me Why – WINNER

Jessica Mauboy – Hilda

Mau Power – Blue Lotus The Awakening

Miiesha – Nyaaringu

Ray Dimakarri Dixon – Standing Strong Mudburra Man

Song of the Year

Alice Skye – I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good

Baker Boy ft. Jess B – Meditjin – WINNER

Briggs ft. Tim Minchin – House Fyre

Electric Fields & Keiino – Would I Lie

Kee’ahn – Better Things

Thelma Plum – Homecoming Queen

New Talent of the Year


Dallas Woods


Miiesha – WINNER

Mitch Tambo

Film Clip of the Year

Baker Boy ft. Jess B – Meditjin – WINNER

Briggs ft. Tim Minchin – House Fyre

Dallas Woods – If It Glitters It’s Gold

Miiesha – Drowning

Tasman Keith – Billy Bad Again

Community Music Clip

Booningbah Goories

Bwgcolman Mob

Githabul Next Generation

Iron Range Danger Gang


Ntaria Connect

Indigenous Language Award

Rrawun Maymuru & Nick Wales – Nyapililngu (Spirit Lady) – WINNER

Stuart Nugget – Nayurni (Woman)

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