First announcing the arrival of the awards last year, artists will be recognised across five categories, including Best Record, Best Single, Best New Artist, the Rolling Stone Global Award, and the Rolling Stone Reader’s Award.
The Rolling Stone Global Award will be judged by Rolling Stone’s global staff members to acknowledge the Australian artist they just can’t get enough of, while the Awards are also sponsored by MINI, JMC Academy, Canna, Cash Converters, and Yamaha.
“We’re so excited to bring back Rolling Stone’s awards show to Australia in partnership with The Brag Media,” explained Rolling Stone US President and Chief Operating Officer, Gus Wenner.
“The opportunity to continue elevating the Rolling Stone brand in the awards space with an audience of passionate music fans is something we’ve wanted to do for so long, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to do so with the expertise of The Brag Media leading the way.”
Now, the full list of nominees has been revealed, and it’s a stunning showcase of some of the best and brightest talent that Australia has produced over the years.
While the likes of E^ST, Gordi, Hockey Dad, Lime Cordiale, Polaris, Tame Impala, The Kid LAROI, and Tkay Maidza are in contention for Best Record, huge names such as Baker Boy, Chet Faker, DMA’S, Flowerkid, Ocean Alley, Tkay Maidza, Triple One, and upcoming Rolling Stone cover artist Tash Sultana are all going head-to-head for Best Single.
Meanwhile, nascent names such as Mia Rodriguez, Jaguar Jonze, and Miiesha make up Best New Artist, while world-beaters like 5 Seconds Of Summer, Tones And I, Tame Impala, Keith Urban, and Troye Sivan are in the running for the the Rolling Stone Global Award.
Finally, the Rolling Stone Reader’s Award sees a wide array of talented names in contention, with the likes of Ball Park Music, Lime Cordiale, Midnight Oil, Sia, Spacey Jane, Tame Impala, The Chats, and Washington all scoring well-deserved nods.
“While 2020 will be remembered as the year that tipped the music industry on its axis, the music that has been released is nothing short of astonishing,” says The Brag Media Managing Editor, Poppy Reid. “I believe the incredible breadth of Australia’s music talent is reflected in these nominees and I’m so looking forward to celebrating each and every one of them at the Rolling Stone Australia Awards in March.
“I’m also thrilled that our judging panel consists of Rolling Stone’s global editors, who represent the brand in 13 countries,” Reid added. “To place local music front and centre with some of the world’s best music observers across the globe is so exciting as we believe every single nominee is a powerful export.”
The Sailor Jerry 2021 Rolling Stone Awards Nominees
E^ST – I’M DOING IT
Gordi – Our Two Skins
Hockey Dad – Brain Candy
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You
Polaris – The Death Of Me
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
The Kid LAROI – F*CK LOVE
Tkay Maidza – Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2
Baker Boy “Meditjin”
Chet Faker “Low”
DMA’S “Life Is A Game Of Changing”
Flowerkid “miss andry”
Ocean Alley “Way Down”
Tash Sultana “Pretty Lady”
Tkay Maidza “Shook”
Triple One “Salina”
Best New Artist
Rolling Stone Global Award
Rolling Stone Reader’s Award
The Sailor Jerry Rolling Stone Australia Awards
Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
The Argyle, Sydney, NSW