Georgia State Line and The Weeping Willows are among the nominees.
Having announced its return for 2022 earlier in the year, Music Victoria have now officially lifted the veil on a huge list of industry-voted nominees who will be vying for awards at this year's ceremony.
Hand selected over the past six months, the 2022 award entries were whittled down by a team of more than 200 acclaimed music judges, including radio announcers, writers, critics, podcasters and festival promoters from across the state of Victoria.
With the VIC Music awards continuing their longstanding tradition of championing the massively diverse and extremely talented pool of artists that call Victoria home, the 2022 awards are once again melting pot of musical genres with country, folk, blues and rock leading the charge.
Georgia State Line - the moniker for lauded Melbourne-based singer-songwriter, Georgia Delves leads the list of nominations for ‘Best Country Work’, alongside The Weeping Willows (fresh from being included in the first round of GRAMMY nominations for 2023), ARIA nominated songstress Sherry Rich, Michael Waugh and alt-country group Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes.
The Black Sorrows, fresh from a standout set at Savannah In The Round recently, have picked up a nomination for ‘Best Blues Work’, along with fellow Melbourne acts Checkerboard Lounge, Damon Smith, High Ace and The McNamarr Project.
Beloved artist Ruby Gill managed to pick up an industry nomination for ‘Best Folk Work’, going up against Above The Bit, Austral, Charm of Finches and Kerryn Fields.
In 2022, the Archie Roach Foundation Award for ‘Emerging Talent’, plays an especially important role in this year’s award ceremony following the sad passing of the Victorian icon. Nominees include a standout list of emerging First Nations talent from across the state, with nominations for Bumpy, Carissa Nyalu, Jess Hitchcock, MpathSoul - Monica Jasmine Karo and Pirritu.
The ever-important Arts Access Amplify Award will also return in 2022. Established to shine a light on and recognise the contributions made by D/deaf and disabled musicians in the past 12 months, the list of nominations includes Batts, Between Mirrors, Evelyn Ida Morris, Nat Bartsch and Saint Ergo.
Check out the full list of who’s been nominated by the industry below. Also make sure to head over to the official awards website to check out all the nominees and support their music.
The Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent
MpathSoul (Monica Jasmine Karo)
Arts Access Amplify Award
Evelyn Ida Morris
MAV Diasporas Award
Black Jesus eXperience
Hand to Earth
Best Blues Work
The Black Sorrows
The McNamarr Project
Best Folk Work
Above The Bit
Charm of Finches
Best Jazz Work
Johannes Luebbers Dectet
Best Pop Work
Best Reggae and Dancehall Work
Best Rock/Punk Work
Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Best Soul, Funk, RNB, Gospel Work
Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Work
The Amplified Elephants
Best Heavy Work
Best Electronic Work
Best Country Work
Georgia State Line
Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
The Weeping Willows
Best Hip Hop Work
MAMMOTH. & Silentjay