Music’s golden girl, Amy Shark will become the inaugural Hall Of Fame inductee after taking out the prestigious Artist Of The Year award for the third year running at last night’s Gold Coast Music Awards.
Following another 12 months of smashing national and international success, Shark took out three of her four nominated categories, including Artist Of The Year, Live Act Of The Year and Release Of The Year for hit album, Love Monster.
“I feel so honoured to be recognised by the Gold Coast Music Awards, by my home town and by the community that stood by me from the very beginning,” said Shark.
“Thank you so much for these incredible awards and for inducting me as your first artist in the Gold Coast Music Hall Of Fame. It’s such an exciting time for the Gold Coast and for music in this country, there are so many amazing bands and artists coming through the GC – it really feels so special to be part of the artist community.”
The illustrious beachfront event saw the city celebrate finalists and winners across nine categories, including rising star San Mei, who took home Breakout Artist Of The Year and the hotly contested Song Of The Year gong for her popular indie rock number, Wonder.
Wolfmother keyboard player and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, Ian Peres won the newly introduced Musician Of The Year award, while Video Of The Year was snapped up by experimental dance and music artist, YT Dingo, for his music clip Shipwrecked.
Newest addition to the Gold Coast live music scene, Vinnies Dive received its own ‘Skull Murphy’ trophy for Venue Of The Year, thanks to its support and ability to cater to emerging local artists and loud rock bands.
Crowd favourite, Elska took home the first People’s Choice Award, which was decided on the night be attendees, after the top three were narrowed down on a Facebook poll the week prior.
Gold Coast Music Awards director, Samantha Morris said, “Our 2019 Award winners and finalists are a true testament to the creative gold that continues to grow and emerge from this City.
“It was such a close call for the judges in many of the categories. Amy Shark, San Mei, Ian Peres and YT Dingo are all very deserving winners and we’re especially thrilled to announce that Amy will be the very first artist to be inducted into the Gold Coast Music Hall of Fame.
“We are currently consulting with City of Gold Coast and our industry partners to determine what a hall of fame might look like for the Gold Coast, but it’s sure to be a bit different!”
Amy Shark’s induction into the Hall of Fame will take place in 2020.
“It’s history-in-the-making with our Hall Of Fame honour sure to become one of the most prestigious accolades musicians strive for throughout their career,” said Mayor Tom Tate.
“The depth of musical talent in our city has exploded in the last decade and I don’t envy the judges who will cast their eyes over future potential hall-of-famers. Congrats to Amy and watch this space for rising stars like San Mei.”
Last night’s Gold Coast Music Awards kicked off the free, four-day Surfers Paradise LIVE festival, which will see iconic Australian artists perform throughout Surfers over the weekend, including The Living End, Hoodoo Gurus, The Screaming Jets, Daryl Braithwaite, Jebediah, Reece Mastin, Thirsty Merc, Chocolate Starfish, Boom Crash Opera and Bachelor Girl.
"The Gold Coast Music Awards were a great way to highlight and celebrate the musical talent we have here on the Gold Coast while getting Surfers Paradise LIVE off to a great start," says Mike Winlaw, Surfers Paradise LIVE.
"Our fellow Gold Coast artists Casey Barnes, San Mei and Peach Fur, who performed last night, have certainly set a high standard for the host of live music acts set to perform in the coming days."
The Gold Coast Music Awards is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise Alliance.
Artists, Awards directors and judges are available for interviews and photographs upon request to Kylie Cobb: firstname.lastname@example.org M. 0402 434 523
List of all 2019 winners
Winner Press Pics & Bios
Gold Coast Music Awards Fast Facts
And the 2019 Winners are…
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by Fenech Guitars & The Avalon -
BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by Griffith University and the Queensland Conservatorium's SEED program -
LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by Gold Coast Music -
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast -
RELEASE OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by Southern Cross University -
Love Monster - Amy Shark
SONG OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by Home of the Arts -
Wonder – San Mei
VENUE OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by Oztix -
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
- sponsored by QT Gold Coast -
Shipwrecked - YT DiNGO
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
- sponsored by SkyPoint -
2019 WINNERS IMAGES & BIOS
2019 GC MUSIC AWARDS FAST FACTS
Thursday 2 May 2019
Surfers Paradise Beachfront
VIP Industry Event Hosted by Sarah Howells
Free Live Outdoor Concert
Thursday 2 May 2019
Surfers Paradise Beachfront
Artist of the year
Breakout artist of the year
Live Act of the Year
Musician (instrumentalist / vocalist) of the year
Release (album / EP) of the year
Song of the Year
Venue of the Year
Video of the Year
People’s Choice Award
This award will be chosen by popular vote through a combination of online, social media and in-person voting on the Awards night, 2 May.
Cindy Jensen (Buskers by the Creek)
Dan Carroll (City of Gold Coast)
Donna Weston (Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium)
Julia Bridger (Bleach* Festival)
Kirsty Abrahams (artist)
Mark Duckworth (Blues on Broadbeach)
Matt Webber (ABC Radio)
Ryan Van Gennip (Australian Music Week)
Trina Massey (Association of Artist Managers)
2019 Category Sponsors
Griffith University and the Queensland Conservatorium's SEED program
HOTA – Home of the Arts
QT Gold Coast
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast
Kylie Cobb: 0402 434 523 or email@example.com