Finalists for the 2018 Queensland Music awards have been announced, and Brisbane based artists have captured a large portion of the list. Best Pop Song nominees featured three Brisbane artists with Cub Sport for Chasin, Sheppard with Coming Home and The Jungle Giants’ hit Feel The Way I Do. Following her recent worldwide success, Gold Coast artist Amy Shark leads the pack alongside The Jungle Giants, both with three nominations, followed closely by dual nominees WAAX, Tia Gostelow, The Kite String Tangle, Cub Sport, Eleea and King Social.
Battling it out for Best Rock Song are Brisbane’s hometown heroes DZ Deathrays and Jeremy Neale together with first-time nominees WAAX and the Gold Coast’s Landings. The Gold Coast continues to deliver, with newcomers Eliza & The Delusionals, Harry J Hart, and Eleea receiving their debut nominations alongside previous QMA winners Amy Shark, Karl S Williams and Doolie.

Far North Queensland is represented with four nominations, including Cairns hip hop and rap nominee VEXED and emerging songwriter Greta Stanley, Kuranda’s soul, funk and R’n’B soloist Mayah, and Schools Award nominees Legends of Perhaps, the sibling four piece from Cooktown. Also announced today is the 2018 Album of the Year shortlist featuring The Jungle Giants, The Creases, Cub Sport, The Kite String Tangle and Airling.

In addition to these nominees, four finalists are in the running for the $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship 2018, supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, with nominees for this prize including Brisbane’s ambient electronic producer Yoste, indie electronica songwriter Keelan Mak, acoustic pop songwriter Harry Phillips, and Greta Stanley. The scholarship recipient will be announced during the Queensland Music Awards ceremony on Monday 14 May in Brisbane. The night will also feature winner announcements for Export & Lifetime Achievement Awards. Following will be the annual party to celebrate Queensland music.

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