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Relive the Excitement of The Inaugural Rolling Stone Australia Awards

Held in Sydney in late March, the invite-only event showcased and celebrated some of the best talent in Australia.

Jack Bennett

Whether you were there, or just simply wished you were, it’s now possible to relive all the excitement of the inaugural Rolling Stone Australia Awards, held in Sydney late last month.

First announcing the arrival of the awards last year, the highly-anticipated events saw artist recognised across five categories, including Best Record, Best Single, Best New Artist, the Rolling Stone Global Award, and the Rolling Stone Reader’s Award.

Sponsored by MINI, JMC Academy, Canna, Cash Converters, and Yamaha, the invite-only event was held at The Argyle in Sydney on March 31st, with a who’s-who list of artists and industry names in attendance.

With some of the biggest artists and bands up for nomination at the inaugural awards, the competition was tight, with the likes of Tash Sultana, Tame Impala, and Midnight Oil all serving as big winners on the night.

Tkay Maidza took home the award for Best Record, with Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2 beating out the likes of acclaimed albums by E^ST, Hockey Dad, Tame Impala, The Kid LAROI, and Gordi to receive the honour. However, Tkay wasn’t quite as lucky in the Best Single category, with her track “Shook” being outshone by Tash Sultana’s “Pretty Lady”, which too triumphed over tracks by Chet Faker, Baker Boy, flowerkid, and Triple One, while Tash was also on hand to share a mesmerising acoustic performance.

Meanwhile, Mia Rodriguez was on hand to not only perform “Psycho”, but to also receive the Best New Artist award, coming out ahead of other rising stars Jerome Farah, Stevan, Yours Truly, and Miiesha, while the Rolling Stone global team chose Tame Impala as the winner of the Global Award, with the likes of Keith Urban, Sia, Tash Sultana, Troye Sivan, and Tones And I all in the running for the honour.

Finally, the hotly-contended Rolling Stone Reader’s Award proved as one of the most surprising, with comparatively-nascent artists like Spacey Jane, The Chats, Lime Cordiale, and Ball Park Music being overlooked in favour of veteran outfit Midnight Oil.

For an in-depth look back at the night, along with interviews from artists, and a spotlight on all the exciting activity going on during the night, be sure to check out the recap video above.

The Sailor Jerry Rolling Stone Australia Awards 2021 Winners

Best Record

Winner: Tkay Maidza Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2
GordiOur Two Skins
Hockey DadBrain Candy
Lime Cordiale14 Steps To A Better You
PolarisThe Death Of Me
Tame ImpalaThe Slow Rush

Best Single

Winner: Tash Sultana “Pretty Lady”
Baker Boy “Meditjin”
Chet Faker “Low”
DMA’S “Life Is A Game Of Changing”
flowerkid “miss andry”
Ocean Alley “Way Down”
Tkay Maidza “Shook”
Triple One “Salina”

Best New Artist

Winner: Mia Rodriguez
Jaguar Jonze
Jerome Farah
Yours Truly

Rolling Stone Global Award

Winner: Tame Impala
5 Seconds Of Summer
Keith Urban
Tash Sultana
Tones And I
Troye Sivan

Rolling Stone Reader’s Award

Winner: Midnight Oil
Ball Park Music
Lime Cordiale
Spacey Jane
Tame Impala
The Chats