Today Triple J, Triple J unearthed, Double J and Rage celebrated the 12th annual J awards.
The J awards honour local musicians for their creativity, innovation and consistency throughout the year.
This year the winners are:
Triple J Australian Album of the Year – D.D Dumbo Utopia Defeated: written, produced and performed by Oliver Hugh Perry (D.D Dumbo).
Talking about Triple J Australian album of the year winner Richard Kingsmill said ‘When D.D Dumbo arrived in 2013, we immediately loved his song ‘Tropical Oceans’. He’s been steering his sound along a very different path to most players on the scene today. Drawing from ‘70s icons like Captain Beefheart and Joni Mitchell, he’s also fed a lot off African guitar players for inspiration. He’s created a sound that is incredibly striking’.
Unearthed Artist of the Year – Tash Sultana, DIY. In under a year Tash Sultana has gone from a Melbourne busker to queues waiting to see her at The BIGSOUND showcase in September.
Double J Australian Artist of the Year – King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, they’ve released two albums in the last year: Paper Mâché Dream Balloon and Nonagon Infinity.
Australian Music Video of the Year – King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, People Vultures from Nonagon Infinity directed by Danny Cohen and Jason Galea.
This year has been a big year for King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard celebrating growing international audiences and their critical acclaim world wide continues to grow. At home there audiences are fully fledged and loving everything they’re putting out. Expect big things from the band in 2017.
Triple J wanted to thanks all winners and nominees on their achievements in 2016.