Albums by Sampa The Nice, Julia Jacklin, King Stingray and Tasman Keith are among the many finalists for the 18th annual Australian Music Prize, particulars for which had been introduced this week.
Additionally within the hunt are longplays by 1300, Physique Kind, Camp Cope, Laura Jean and Celebration Dozen.
The last word winner might be revealed March 1 in Sydney, when the champ might be offered with a A$30,000 ($21,000) bounty, courtesy of main sponsor Soundmerch.
Gross sales and chart positions haven’t any bearing on the end result. It’s the artistry of the entry that counts.
“But once more we’ve got a really robust checklist,” feedback AMP founder and prize director Scott B. Murphy. “It’s extremely numerous and actually captures one other yr of the world’s greatest music. I sincerely thank the Soundmerch AMP crew of judges – their donation of time and fervour is far higher than what most individuals would assume.”
Sampa The Nice has type with the AMP.
The Zambian-born, Botswana-raised, Melbourne-based hip-hop artist bagged the distinguished prize in 2017 for the mixtape Birds And The BEE9, and once more in 2020 with The Return, to change into the primary and solely artist to win the distinguished award twice. Sampa had one other world-first in 2020, when she was named because the first-ever BET Amplified world artist.
The AMP is modeled on Britain’s Mercury Music Prize and Canada’s Polaris Prize, the purpose of which is to determine and reward the excellent inventive Australian album of the previous yr.
The 9 shortlisted recordings are drawn from a longlist of 490 eligible Australian albums launched in 2022, all of which had been individually reviewed by a panel of music specialists.
This yr, the home associates of EMI, Virgin and Island are on board to sponsor the shortlist by every contributing A$3,000 ($2,100) for a funding pool, which shortlisted artists can drawn on to make sure they’ll attend the winner announcement occasion.
Genesis Owusu’s lauded assortment Smiling With No Tooth received the prize final time, beating out recordings by Nick Cave, Hiatus Kaiyote and others.
The shortlist of the 18th Soundmerch AMP:
1300 – Overseas Language
Physique Kind – Every little thing Is Harmful However Nothing’s Stunning
Camp Cope – Working With The Hurricane
Julia Jacklin – Pre Pleasure
King Stingray – King Stingray
Laura Jean – Amateurs
Celebration Dozen – The Actual Work
Sampa The Nice – As Above, So Beneath
Tasman Keith – A Color Undone