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Genesis Owusu Wins The $30k Australian Music Prize

The Australian Music Prize has crowned its winner for the most impactful release of 2021: Genesis Owusu’s Smiling With No Teeth.

The debut album for the talented artist has had a dream run since its release, putting Genesis Owusu on the national (and international) map, and reaping acclaim from industry and fans alike.

At the ceremony today in Melbourne (Thursday 3 March), Genesis appeared via Zoom call from Sydney, where he is prepared to perform a sold out show at the Enmore Theatre. Acknowledging that the prize money would be invaluable particularly as he is set to embark on his first ever international tour this year, Genesis Owusu commented:

“This means a lot. This is an award with a lot of esteem, not to mention putting real money back into music at a time like this is so crucial. I’m super grateful, and I’m keen to use this prize to help spread my art across the world, shouting out Australian talent on the way.”

Smiling With No Teeth was up against tough competition for the Australian Music Prize this year, with the below artists completing the 2021 shortlist:

  • Amyl and The Sniffers – Comfort To Me
  • Baker Boy – Gela
  • Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Under These Streets
  • Genesis Owusu – Smiling With No Teeth
  • Hiatus Kaiyote – Mood Valiant
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000
  • Martha Marlow – Medicine Man
  • Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Carnage
  • Odette – Herald

The 2020 Australian Music Prize was awarded to The Avalanches, who turned things up with their acclaimed record We Will Always Love You.

Tickets for Genesis Owusu’s Australian tour are available via his website.

Genesis Owusu Australian Tour

  • Thursday 3rd March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (sold out)
  • Friday 4th March – The Summerhouse, Adelaide (sold out)
  • Saturday 12th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane
  • Sunday 13th March – The Forum, Melbourne (sold out)

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