UPDATE 18/01/17: The 2016 FBi SMAC Award winners have been announced.
ORIGINAL STORY: FBi Radio has revealed the nominees for its 2016 Sydney Music, Arts & Culture Awards (or SMACs).
Over 10 massive categories, the awards celebrate the best new talent across music, art, events and food, while a special SMAC Of The Year Award will be presented to someone who has made a significant contribution to Sydney’s cultural life.
Other artists up for the award are Collarbones’ Marcus Whale for his debut solo album Inland Sea, Rainbow Chan for Spacings, Ribongia for Escapisms and Shining Bird for Black Opal.
L-Fresh The Lion is also up for Best Song, alongside Middle Kids, Buoy, Rapaport and Shining Bird.
The Next Big Thing category is typically filled with artists with huge potential, and this year is no different, with Buoy, Julia Jacklin, Middle Kids, Moonbase Commander and Wallace all securing nominations.
The 2016 FBi SMAC Awards will be presented at Carriageworks in Sydney on Tuesday, 17th January, with Julia Jacklin, L-Fresh The Lion and Middle Kids set to perform.
SMAC Award voting is now open to the public, and you’ll be able to get your votes in until 5pm on Tuesday, 20th December, and you’ll also go in the draw to win a double pass to the awards ceremony.
Check out the full list of this year’s nominees, below.
Watch: L-Fresh The Lion – ‘1 In 100,000’
FBi SMAC Awards 2016 Nominees
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let The Kids Win
L-Fresh The Lion – Become
Marcus Whale – Inland Sea
Rainbow Chan – Spacings
Ribongia – Escapisms
Shining Bird – Black Opal
NEXT BIG THING
BEST LIVE ACT
FBi CLICK BEST PRODUCER
Nina Las Vegas
BEST MUSIC EVENT
Buoy – ‘Clouds & Rain’
L-Fresh the Lion – ‘1 in 100,000’
Middle Kids – ‘Edge of Town’
Rapaport – ‘What I Got’
Shining Bird – ‘Helluva Lot’
BEST ON STAGE
Desert Body Creep
The Drover’s Wife
BEST ARTS PROGRAM
FM[X] Sydney 2016: What Would A Feminist Methodology Sound Like? – Liquid Architecture at Firstdraft
Food Fight – C3West
LIVEWORKS – Performance Space
With Secrecy and Despatch – Campbelltown Arts Centre
Women of Fairfield – C3West
Rising Sun Workshop
FBi SMACs Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, 17th January 2017