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News April 16, 2021

The 2021 NIMAs are coming! Check out all the details

The 2021 NIMAs are coming! Check out all the details

The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) return in 2021 with a physical event at its tradition home, Darwin Ampitheatre, and a live stream.

The 2021 NIMAs will take place 7th August, 2021. All the action will be broadcast again via NITV and online platforms, details of which will be announced closer to the date.

Meanwhile, the 2021 NIMAs unveils its new, First Nations-led team.

Creative Director Ben Graetz returns from last year’s edition, while organisers welcome Associate Creative Director Nina Fitzgerald and NIMAs veteran Romana Paulson shifts into the Project Manager position.

Last year’s first ever “virtual” NIMAs featured performances from the deadliest artists in the country, including Archie Roach, Miiesha, Thelma Plum, Mambali, JK-47 and more.

Yolngu man Baker Boy was the big winner on the night, taking home multiple awards including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Film Clip of the Year for his hit ‘Meditjin’.

Image of Australian musician Thelma Plum, who has this week's Feature Album on triple j

Thelma Plum

After crunching the numbers, organiser MusicNT declared the 2020 show as the biggest in its history, reaching over 250,000 people, with broadcasts going out across NITV, Double J, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

More than 137,800 watched across Facebook, Instagram and NITV, The Industry Observer reported at the time

This year, expect even more. 

“2020 was a year like no other and morphing what has always been an amazing night of connection and togetherness into a completely virtual event was a challenging but rewarding experience,” comments Graetz.

However, this year “we can return bigger and better than ever,” he continues, “creating a stunning physical event once more and using the learnings of last year’s record-breaking virtual audience to retain the best elements of both worlds. 2021 will bring the event to Australia across many platforms, led by our long-time partners NITV, while creating a special night of connection under the stars here on Larrakia Country.”

Nominations are open from today at, and close on 28th May.

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.

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