NIMA 2018 Winners Announced

Australia’s biggest celebration of First Nations music, The National Indigenous Music Awards celebrated a
massive year in Australian music tonight under the stars at Darwin’s iconic Amphitheatre with Gurrumul and
Baker Boy walking away as the night’s big winners.
Gurrumul was honoured as Artist of the Year while his posthumous masterpiece ‘Djarrimirri (Child of the
Rainbow)’ picked up Album of the Year and its title track was crowned Song of the Year, completing the trifecta
of the night’s key awards.

Flying the flag for the new guard, Darwin’s Baker Boy was the night’s other big winner, taking home Video of the
Year for his mainstream crossover hit ‘Marryuna’ and Best New Talent presented by Spotify. Baker Boy closed
the night with massive guest appearance from Yirrimal (who earlier impressed along with his band previewing
his upcoming single), bringing the crowd to their feet in a celebration of the future of Indigenous music.
The night also featured performances from triple j Unearthed winner Alice Skye, Kasey Chambers and Alan
Pigram, Busby Marou, Stiff Gins and a rousing show from Hall of Fame inductee Roger Knox. Following tonight’s
ceremony, the Australian Music Vault in Melbourne will be creating a special display acknowledging Roger Knox
as the Hall of Fame recipient that will include awards, artwork, rare photographs and performance footage, posters
and precious mementoes from Roger’s own personal collection that reflect his journey as a musician and community
The late T. E. Lewis was also acknowledged with a heartfelt presentation from Skinnyfish Music’s Michael Hohnen,
honouring his important contribution to the Australian music community.
The crowd were also on their feet for an amazing a performance by the Kenbi Dancers who shared the NT
Traditional Music Award with Buku-waṯthunawuy Nininyᶇu Rom. The Central Australian Aboriginal
Women’s Choir proved to the crowd why they are being talked about around the country and were honoured
with the night’s Special Achievement Award. Community clip of the year was awarded to B-Town Warriors
from Bourke, NSW.

2018 has seen one of the strongest years yet for Indigenous music with number 1 albums, national tours, TV
(and Eurovision!) appearances, Hottest 100 placements and acts playing festivals across the country. The
NIMAs was not only a great concert and celebration of success, but also carried forward the air of community
between artists and the public with a real feeling that First Nations music is no longer a genre, it’s a creative
force in the global music industry that will continue to grow in the year ahead through to 2019’s National
Indigenous Awards.

The NIMAs and Music NT would like to congratulate all winners and finalists and
pledge to continue to work throughout the year to further the profile and respect
for First Nations music in all corners of the country.

Artist of the Year:

Album of the Year:
Gurrumul –
Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)

Song of the Year:
Gurrumul –
Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)

Hall of Fame Inductee:
Roger Knox

NIMA Special Achievement Award:
Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s

Best New Talent (Presented by Spotify):
Baker Boy

Film Clip of the Year:
Baker Boy –

Community Clip of the Year:
B-Town Warriors – Thundercloud: Bourke

NT Traditional Music Award (Two winners):
Buku-waṯthunawuy Nininyᶇu Rom –
Ancient Languages New Sounds
Kenbi Dancers

Baker Boy
Busby Marou
Kasey Chambers with Alan Pigram
Roger Knox
Alice Skye (triple j Unearthed Winner)
Kardajala Kirridarra
Kenbi Dancers
Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir
Stiff Gins