The 2019 Queensland Music Awards is shaping up to be one of the most memorable nights of the year, with QMusic today announcing a stellar list of finalists and live performances.

Over 70 judges from across the country have selected a diverse group of finalists featuring emerging and established songwriters from the sunshine state including Emily Wurramara, Tia Gostelow, Sahara Beck, Cub Sport, Holiday Party, The Jungle Giants, San Mei, Amy Shark and many more – full list below and

The annual party to celebrate Queensland music will return to the Royal International Convention Centre on Tuesday 19 March and feature performances by Amy Shark, DZ Deathrays, Clea, Emma Beau, Tokyo Twilight + more to be announced.

Joining these artists are the nominees for the $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. The 2019 finalists are: Jaguar Jonze, Pool Shop, RIVAH and Sweater Curse.

Presented by Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds, Hutchinson Builders, Mountain Goat Beer and Oztix, this year’s QMAs will be hosted by The Grates’ Patience Hodgson and comedian Mel Buttle who have honed a witty repartee, producing their popular podcast The Minutes.

Limited tickets for the 2019 Queensland Music Awards will go on sale 9:00am AEST February 13 via Oztix from $65 for members and $75 for non-members visit

Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds
19 March 2019 Doors 6:30pm
Tickets from $65 +
booking fee

With special performances by
Amy Shark,
DZ Deathrays,
Emma Beau,
Tokyo Twilight
+ more to be announced.

QMA Facebook Event view
Watch the 2018 QMA highlights video here
View Highly Commended Songwriters here

Listen to the QMA finalists and discover the best in Queensland music on the QMA website or via the QMA Spotify.


2019 Queensland Music Award Finalists


Blues / Roots Award

Presented by Byron Bay Bluesfest

Artist Song  Region
 Bobby Alu  Move  Sunshine Coast
 Emily Wurramara  Tap Sticks  Brisbane
 Hussy Hicks  Mutiny  Gold Coast
 Leanne Tennant  Everspin  City of Cairns


Country Award

Presented by Winton’s Way Out West Fest

Artist Song Region
 Brad Butcher  More To The Story  Brisbane
 Bridget O’Shannessy  Some Other Girl  Brisbane
 Chloe Styler  When Your Light Burns  Gold Coast
 Emma Beau  Wild Heart  Sunshine Coast


Electronic / Dance Award

Presented by The Tshirt Mill

Artist Song Region
 Holiday Party  Dream State  Brisbane
 Machine Age  Fighting  Brisbane
 The Kite String Tangle  Give It Time feat. Aalias  Brisbane
 Young Franco  Girls Don’t Cry feat. Maribelle  Brisbane


Heavy Award

Presented by Crowbar Brisbane

Artist Song Region
 AERIALS  Drawing Blood  Brisbane
 Being Jane Lane  Next Step  Brisbane
 Dead Letter Circus  The Armour You Own  Brisbane
 Like Thieves  Never See It Coming  Brisbane


Hip Hop / Rap Award

Presented by The Lanes

Artist Song Region
 G Elenil  Something  Brisbane
Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell  The Dash  Gold Coast
 Resin Dogs  Pack Your Bags  Brisbane
 Soul Mechanics feat. Master Wolf  Blendin’  Gold Coast


Indigenous Award

Presented by Bose Professional

Artist Song Region
 Emily Wurramara  Lady Blue  Brisbane
Kitch (Tu’uga) / Jangaji  Dream The Ocean  Brisbane
 Robbie Miller  Baby  Brisbane
 Tia Gostelow  Strangers feat. LANKS  Brisbane


Jazz Award

Presented by Azentro

Artist Song Region
Andrew Butt Trio +  Basie’s Butterfly Waltz  Brisbane
 Elixir feat. Katie Noonan  La La Land  Sunshine Coast
 Nimble  Starlight  Gold Coast
 The Biology of Plants  Long Black  Brisbane


Pop Award

Presented by Brisbane Marketing

Artist Song Region
 Clea  Dreaming  Brisbane
 Cub Sport  Sometimes  Brisbane
 Eves Karydas  Couch  Brisbane
 Future Jr.  Sentimental Trick  Brisbane


Regional Award

Presented by Rydges Fortitude Valley

Artist Song Region
 Amy Shark  I Said Hi  Gold Coast
 Ayla  Small Talk  Sunshine Coast
 Sahara Beck  Here We Go Again  Sunshine Coast
 San Mei  Wonder  Gold Coast


Rock Award

Presented by Hutchinson Builders

Artist Song Region
 DZ Deathrays  Like People  Brisbane
 San Mei  Wonder  Gold Coast
 The Jungle Giants  Used To Be In Love  Brisbane
 WAAX  Labrador  Brisbane


Schools Award

Presented by JMC Academy

Artist Song Region
 Fleet Street  Feel Something  Brisbane
 Marco  When I Was A Ghost  Brisbane
 Tokyo Twilight  Little Things feat. DVNA  City of Logan
 We Build Spaceships  Jenny is a Nightmare  Brisbane


Singer Songwriter Award

Presented by The Tivoli

Artist Song Region
 Amy Shark  I Said Hi  Gold Coast
 Emily Wurramara  Milyakburra  Brisbane
 Sahara Beck  Here We Go Again  Sunshine Coast
 Tia Gostelow  Strangers feat. LANKS  Brisbane


Soul / Funk / R’n’B Award

Presented by Katarzyna

Artist Song Region
 Dana Gehrman  Hands Tied  Brisbane
 Mark Peric  The Sound of Light  Moreton Bay
 Pink Matter  Giant  Brisbane
 RIVAH  Flood  City of Logan


World / Folk Award

Presented by BEMAC

Artist Song Region
 Anna & Jordan  Running on  Sunshine Coast
 Asha Jefferies  Everybody Talks  Brisbane
 Emily Wurramara  Lady Blue  Brisbane
 Gone Molly  The Miners Way  Brisbane


Video Award

Presented by Running Boards

Artist Song Region
 Ball Park Music  Hands Off My Body
 Buttah  Ghost in the Machine  Townsville
 Butterfingers  Bullet To The Head  Brisbane
 Omegachild  Fifth Dimension  Mackay


Billy Thorpe Scholarship

Presented by Queensland Government

Artist Region
 Jaguar Jonze  Brisbane
 Pool Shop  Brisbane
 RIVAH  Brisbane
 Sweater Curse  Brisbane


The 2019 Queensland Music Awards presented by Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds, Hutchinson Builders, Mountain Goat Beer and Oztix. Produced by QMusic with support from Jack Daniel’s, Bose Professional, APRA AMCOS & Rydges Hotel. QMusic is supported by the Queensland Government.

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