It’s one of the biggest nights on Queensland’s musical calendar, and now the Queensland Music Awards has announced its finalists and live performers.

This year’s QMAs will be hosted by triple j’s Gen Fricker and showcase performances from indie-psychedelic supergroup The Belligerents, rising Sunshine Coast songwriter Ayla, live hip hop act Astro Travellers, and the soulful beats of Standby Empire, with more to be announced.

Another highlight of the night will be the bestowment of Arts Queensland’s $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship to an emerging Queensland based contemporary musician or band. The scholarship is an initiative of the Queensland Government to support new local talent. The four finalists in the running for this prestigious award are Babaganouj, FOREVR, Leanne Tennant and Luke Peacock.

Over 50 judges from across the country have selected the finalists across the 24 QMA categories. The winners will be announced at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Monday 21 March.

Limited tickets for the event are on sale now through the Brisbane Powerhouse box office.

2016 Queensland Music Awards finalists


Golden Fleece – Amy Shark (Gold Coast)
Blue – Athena Joy (Brisbane)
TV – Eves The Behaviour (Brisbane)
Keeper Of The Key – Georgia Mae (Brisbane)


Dollarmite – Velociraptor (Brisbane)
In My Way – The Belligerents (Brisbane)
Like Soda – Violent Soho (Brisbane)
Remove The Arrow – We All Want To (Brisbane)

Electronic / Dance

Illuminate – The Kite String Tangle X Dustin Tebbutt (Brisbane)
Animal (feat. Ashlee Minto) – Mosaïc (Gold Coast)
Tenderness – Standby Empire (Brisbane)
Can’t Get You Off My Mind – Avaberée (Brisbane)

Blues / Roots

Impolite – Bearfoot (Sunshine Coast)
Turpentine – Deena (Brisbane)
Leaky Boats – Pete Cullen (Brisbane)
To The Rain – TJ Wild (Woodford)


Patches In The Sky – Balloons Kill Babies (Brisbane)
Marigold – Caligula’s Horse (Ipswich)
Estrella – Dark Symphonica (Brisbane)
No One Will Care When You Die – The Steady As She Goes (Brisbane)


Hope In My Pocket – Berardi / Foran / Karlen (Brisbane)
Forgotten Languages – Joshua Hatcher Quintet (Brisbane)
The Room Next Door – Joshua Hatcher Quintet (Brisbane)
Sober – Matts Mates (Brisbane)


PRISTINE – Doolie (Sunshine Coast)
Young – Hannah McLeod (Gold Coast)
Won’t Let You Go – The Gowrie Boys (Abergowrie)
Say It Brutha’ – Winchester (Brisbane)


Black Smoke – Emily Wurramara (Brisbane)
The Pain – Robbie Miller, Nathan Morrison (Brisbane)
NGERRABERRAKERNAMA – Emily Wurramara (Brisbane)
Fruits Of Our Labour – Luke Peacock (Brisbane)


Worst Kind Of Girl – The Brains Trust (Sunshine Coast)
Trophy – ALI the GREAT (Brisbane)
Move Actively – Astro Travellers (Brisbane)
Constant Beat – INIGO (Brisbane)


Jamestown – Brad Butcher (Brisbane)
Under The Wire – Dana Gehrman (Brisbane)
Cold Feet – Sian Evans (Cairns)
Spinning Wheels – Dana Hassall (Kingsthorpe / Darling Downs)


Nightwatch – MZAZA (Brisbane)
A Mente Humana – Sol (Brisbane)
Do Da Da Day – Soniclines (Brisbane)
Open Door – Spirit of Bhakti (Brisbane)

Folk Singer/Songwriter

Water – Angharad Drake (Brisbane)
One Day – Jordan Pineda (Brisbane)
Heart and Hand (feat. LIVVIA) – Jordan Pineda, Olivia Dennis (Brisbane)
Mother Mother – Sahara Beck (Sunshine Coast)

Children’s Music

Mammas Coming Home – Candice Dianna (Gold Coast)
Kangaroo Dance A Roo – The Kangagang (Beaudesert)
K.O.A.L.A – The Kangagang (Beaudesert)
We Are Farmers – Cilla Slack (Gayndah)


Waiting – Ayla (Cooroy)
Bedroom City – Greta Stanley (Cairns)
Wet Hessian Bag – Paul Cowderoy (Sunshine Coast)
Won’t Let You Go – The Gowrie Boys (Abergowrie)

Music Video

TV – Eves The Behavior (Brisbane)
Electrical – Eves The Behavior (Brisbane)
Apollo – Last Dinosaurs (Brisbane)
Black Seaweed – MKO SUN (Brisbane)

Awards for Highest Selling Single, Highest Selling Album and an Export Achievement Award, celebrating Queensland acts taking their music to the world, will also be presented on the night.

Queensland music fans will also be given the chance to have their say in the Bank of Queensland People’s Choice Awards by voting for their favourite emerging acts in the Most Promising Female, Most Promising Male and Most Promising Songwriting Team categories, winners of which all receive cash prizes – nominees will be announced on February 22.

To listen to the shortlisted songs and view the highly commended entries across all categories visit the Queensland Music Awards website.