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Briggs & Dan Sultan Lead 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards Finalists

Written by Tom Williams on July 10, 2015

Shepparton rapper Briggs and singer-songwriter Dan Sultan lead this year’s list of NIMA (National Indigenous Music Awards) finalists, having picked up multiple nominations for the awards, which will be announced later this month.

Briggs leads all artists with a massive five nominations, including National Song, Album of the Year and National Artist of the Year. Dan Sultan is also in the running for National Artist of the Year, and two other awards for his song Dirty Ground.

Elsewhere, Thelma Plum has scored two nominations in the National Song of the Year category, for her tracks How Much Does Your Love Cost? and Young In Love.

Mildura rapper Philly, who covered a Bob Marley classic for a special NAIDOC Week edition of Like A Version this morning, is up for the National New Talent of the Year award, alongside rapper Lucky Luke and the Tjintu Desert Band.

Mark Smith, Executive Director of MusicNT and NIMA, says, “This years finalists offer a diverse breath of fresh air within the mainstream music industry. They integrate a rich cultural heritage that illustrates an intimate connection to place and a respect for environment that resonates with the wider community.”

The 2014 NIMAs were dominated by Dan Sultan, Briggs and Jessica Mauboy. This year’s award winners will be announced at the Darwin Amphitheatre on Saturday, 26th July.

Catch the full list of 2015 finalists, below.

Watch: Briggs – The Children Came Back feat. Gurrumul & Dewayne Everettsmith

2015 NIMA Finalists

National Artist of the Year

Thelma Plum
Dan Sultan
Briggs
Thelma Plum
Jessica Mauboy

National Song of the Year

‘How Much Does Your Love Cost?’ – Thelma Plum
‘Young In Love’ – Thelma Plum
‘Bad Apples’ – Briggs
‘Dirty Ground’ – Dan Sultan
‘Black Woman’ – Emma Donovan

National Album of the Year

Briggs – Sheplife
Emma Donovan and Putback – Dawn
Frank Yamma – Uncle
East Journey feat. Yothu Yindi – The Genesis Project

National New Talent of the Year

Philly
Lucky Luke
Tjintu Desert Band

National Cover Art of the Year

Briggs – Sheplife
East Journey feat. Yothu Yindi – Song of Arnhem Land
Radical Son – Cause N Affect
Frank Yamma – Uncle

National Film Clip of the Year

Dan Sultan – ‘Dirty Ground’
Briggs – ‘Bad Apples’
East Journey – ‘Song of Arnhem Land (Salas/Moore Mix)’
B2M – ‘Parlingarri’
Radical Son – ‘Human Behavoiur’

Community Clip of the Year

Breath In, Breath Out
Produced By: Indigenous Hip Hop Projects was proud to partner with Katherine West Health Board and Bulla Camp

Got a lot Going On – Yarn Safe
Produced By: Indigenous Hip Hop Projects and Indigenous creative agency Gilimbaa

Uncle Alfred’s Mens Group – Spear of Destiny
Produced By: Desert Pea Media

Cairns Murri Crew – Built To Last
Produced By: Desert Pea Media

Tagai Buway – Two Worlds
Produced By: Desert Pea Media

Call On Me
Produced by: Indigenous Hip Hop Projects was proud to partner with Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service and St. Mary’s College

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