The Drones, Paul Kelly Among First Music Victoria Awards Winners

The inaugural The Age Music Victoria Awards took place at Billboard in Melbourne last night, and Paul Kelly and The Drones were the big winners, taking home two awards apiece.

Kelly won the best male award, as well as outstanding release of the year award for his latest effort Spring And Fall, as voted by readers online. The Drones took out best band and best live band, proving that Victorians are as passionate as ever about the Garreth Liddiard-led 5-piece.

Future soul outfit Hiatus Kaiyote were named best emerging artists for 2013, while sister act Stonefield won the best regional act award. Former Magic Dirt frontwoman Adalita was named best female and singer-songwriter Vance Joy saw his track Riptide named best song.

Songstress Renee Geyer was inducted in to the Hall of Fame on the evening, performing a greatest hits package that showcased her soulful voice. Geyer said the award was a career-topping milestone. “This award means so much… I’m thrilled to be the first solo inductee to The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame.”

Other live performers on the night included indie pop duo Big Scary, singer-songwriter Archie Roach and country soul singer Dan Sultan. Readers can check out the full list of winners below.

The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame
Michael Gudinski
Renée Geyer

Best Album
Spring and Fall – Paul Kelly
All Day Venus – Adalita
Calendar Days – Dick Diver
I See Seaweed – The Drones
Not Art – Big Scary

Best Song
Riptide – Vance Joy
Nono/Yoyo – Standish/Carlyon
Head On/ Pill – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
History Eraser – Courtney Barnett
I’m In Love – Cash Savage And The Last Drinks

Best Band
The Drones
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes
Dick Diver
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Best Male Artist
Paul Kelly
Archie Roach
David Bridie

Best Female Artist
Courtney Barnett
Evelyn Morris (Pikelet)
Jen Cloher
Kylie Auldist

Best Emerging Artist
Hiatus Kaiyote
Andras Fox
Brighter Later
Damn Terran
Fraser A. Gorman

Best Live Band
The Drones
Bombay Royale
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes
Money For Rope

Best Festival
Meredith Music Festival
All Tomorrow’s Parties / I’ll Be Your Mirror
Golden Plains
Sugar Mountain

Best Venue
The Corner Hotel
The Caravan Club
The Forum
The Old Bar
The Toff In Town

Best Regional Act
Gold Fields
Hunting Grounds
Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Yacht Club DJs

Best Regional Venue
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Meeniyan Town Hall, South Gippsland
The Barwon Club, Geelong
The Bridge, Castlemaine

(via The Age)

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