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The prestigious and highly-coveted Australian Music Prize has officially been won bySampa The Great for her acclaimed sophomore album ‘The Return’, making her the only artist in the Australian Music Prize’s 15 year history to claim the award more than once. In addition to taking out the prestigious award, Sampa The Great also lands$30,000 in prize money.
Rising above a shortlist of eight other amazing Australian albums, including Julia Jacklin’s ‘Crushing’, Thelma Plum’s ‘Better In Blak’ and Amyl & The Sniffers self-titled effort, ‘The Return’ was chosen by the panel of 48 judges including acclaimed Australian artists, well renowned journalists, retailers, programmers and more, to be the most important album release of the year.
WATCH : Sampa The Great – OMG (From ‘The Return)”
Having previous taken out the Australian Music Prize in 2017 for her debut record “Birds And The BEE9” 2019 marks the second AMP win for the Melbourne-based artist,who’s 2019 release received both national and international acclaim, from triple j to Beats 1, as well as high praise from Pitchfork, The Guardian, NPR, The Music, NMEand more.
“The fact that I’m able to create my most vulnerable music and have it supported over the years has been amazing! I want to thank the AMP for recognising the music and stories behind The Return. Said Sampa The Great “The Return was not written for radio play or commercial appeal. It was written to bring to light the journey of a person who began her career in a country far away from home. It was to bring to light the sense of displacement felt in that journey and in a global sense throughout the world. It allowed me to tell my full story – without having it told for me. I thank the AMP for looking at solely the music and judging only that. As in this day and age it seems that is not the norm.”
“I would like to thank everyone behind the Return. The executive producer of the Return, Silent J. The community within the music. The authors behind the soul of the music. My parents and my family.” Continued Sampa The Great
‘The Return’ now joins the extremely coveted list; over the past 15 years The Australian Music Prize has grown to include acclaimed records from artist like Gurrumul, Courtney Barnett, The Drones, A.B. Original and some of the most important Australian releases the country has to offer.
“In my five years serving as an Australian Music Prize Judge, I’ve had the privilege to discover some of the most exciting, vibrant and creative minds this country has to offer.Said AMP Judge Phil Jamiseon. “This year has been no different. With so much listening so much enjoyment we arrive at a sensational shortlist…full of diversity and genre. It is without a doubt that Sampa The Great’s ‘The Return’ is the deserved winner as it’s an absolute magnificent work of art. Take a deep dive!”
2019 was once again a testament to the true artist breadth of Australian music; fromAngie McMahon’s moving record ‘Salt’ and Hatchie’s 90’s inspired release ‘Keepsake’ to Stella Donnelly’s ‘Beware The Dogs’, Holy Holy’s ‘My Own Pool of Light’, Pond’s ‘Tasmania’ and Two People’s ‘First Body’, the previous twelve months of music rounds out perhaps the most electric list in the Australian Music Prize’s history.
The AMP transcends genre, popularity and politics, with more than 40 judges – including artists, journalists, retailers, programmers and more – selecting the best Australian albums of the year based solely on artistic merit. In a serious and robust process, the judges collaborated across the year to compile the long-list before heavily debating the AMP shortlist, and eventually finalists.
The final meeting was held in Melbourne on Thursday, where a selection of the judging panel met to select the 2019’s Australian Music Prize recipient.
“This year we had over 400 albums that met the eligible criteria for the award, which is a truly unbelievable nod to the amazing body of work being produced by Australian musicians in just the past twelve months. said Australian Music Prize director Scott Murphy “Although it was an extremely hard decision to make, with so many amazing albums on the finalist list this year, we couldn’t be happier to award the prize to Sampa The Great. ‘The Return’ is a truly important record that will no doubt be held up as one of the all-time great bodies of work, for years to come.”
Ainslie Wills – All You Have Is All You Need
Amyl & the Sniffers – Amyl & the Sniffers
Dispossessed – Warpath Never Ended
Julia Jacklin – Crushing
Methyl Ethel – Triage
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
Sampa The Great – The Return – WINNER
Sleep D – Rebel Force
Thelma Plum – Better In Blak
SAMPA THE GREAT – PHOTOS