For lovers of Aussie music, it’s recently been an absolute whirlwind of activity. Putting aside all the stunning new talent that emerges every day, or the massive array of new albums arriving every week, the local scene is still celebrating its myriad successes at the 2023 Shure Rolling Stone Australia Awards.
Held on April 4th at The Argyle in Sydney and hosted by former triple j presenter Alex Dyson, it was an affair to remember for everyone lucky enough to be in attendance. From the star-studded sights of the red carpet to the massive successes celebrated by its numerous awards, it was hard to pinpoint a highlight in an evening that was complemented by so many.
Guests were offered refreshing Jim Beam serves – Alcoholic Peach Ice tea and Alcoholic Homestyle Lemonade – on arrival and throughout the evening, ensuring the night went off without a hitch as they complimented the nibbles being passed around the event. All of this though was in the lead-up to the main event.
While Tina Arena was named as the recipient of the inaugural Rolling Stone Icon award, Spacey Jane took out Best Single for ‘Hardlight’, while Gang of Youths were awarded Best Record for angel in realtime. Meanwhile, Budjerah was labelled Best New Artist as Tash Sultana took out the Rolling Stone Global Award, and Lime Cordiale emerged victorious in the Rolling Stone Readers’ Choice Award category.
Anyone in attendance will likely be able to name a couple of massive highlights, thanks in part to the likes of the aforementioned Budjerah and Tina Arena, who teamed up for a truly powerful, reportedly unrehearsed rendition of Arena’s 1994 single ‘Chains’, leaving barely a dry eye in the house.
For an evening that so strongly featured many significant figures in the Australian music scene, it was only fitting for the evening to be so inextricably linked to Jim Beam, who themselves have been actively supporting the Australian music scene of the last few years with their Jim Beam Welcome Sessions series of events, partnering with the like of Lime Cordiale, who won the Rolling Stone Reader’s Choice award on the night. They have also thrown incredible events featuring Wafia and The Jungle Giants, among countless others. These events have managed to help support the local industry during a few dark years while managing to shine some light upon brilliant Australian talent – some of which were up for honours throughout the evening.
Needless to say, with the Australian music scene performing at its best, the 2023 Shure Rolling Stone Australia Awards provided a fitting opportunity to truly celebrate what it is that makes this country’s creative arts scene one to write home about. With the folks at Shure and Jim Beam on board, there was no way this year’s ceremony was ever going to be anything but the best, with the bar well and truly set high for next year.
2023 Shure Rolling Stone Australia Awards Winners:
Rolling Stone Icon Award
Winner: Tina Arena
Winner: Spacey Jane – “Hardlight”
Amy Shark – “Only Wanna Be With You”
Budjerah – “Ready for the Sky”
Courtney Barnett – “Rae Street”
Keith Urban – “Brown Eyes Baby”
Ruel – “Growing up is ___”
The Kid LAROI – “Thousand Miles”
Vance Joy – “Clarity”
Best New Artist
Eliza & The Delusionals
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers
Winner: Gang of Youths – angel in realtime
5 Seconds of Summer – 5SOS5
Julia Jacklin – Pre Pleasure
Parkway Drive – Darker Still
Spacey Jane – Here Comes Everybody
The Wiggles – ReWiggled
Thelma Plum – Meanjin
Vance Joy – In Our Own Sweet Time
Rolling Stone Global Award
Winner: Tash Sultana
Gang Of Youths
Rüfüs Du Sol
Tones And I
Rolling Stone Readers’ Choice Award
Winner: Lime Cordiale
Boy & Bear
Tones And I