DMA’S dominate 2021 AIR Awards
With a hattrick, DMA’S were the big winners Thursday night (Aug. 5) at the 2021 AIR Awards, held at Adelaide’s Freemasons Hall.
The Britpop revivalists snagged trophies for independent album of the year, best independent rock album or EP with The Glow, and Best Independent Dance, Electronica Or Club Single for The Avalanches remix of ‘Criminals.’
Stream DMA’S – ‘Criminals (The Avalanches Remix)’:
Perth indie rock outfit Spacey Jane were two-time winners, bagging Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year and ‘Booster Seat’ taking out Independent Song of the Year.
The winners’ circle included Gordi (Best Independent Pop Album or EP for Our Two Skins), The Chats (Best Independent Punk Album for High Risk Behaviour), Vika & Linda (Best Independent Blues and Roots Album for Sunday (The Gospel According to Iso)), Polaris (Best Independent Heavy Album for The Death of Me), Katie Noonan (Best Independent Jazz Album for The Sweetest Taboo), and Banoffee (Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Album or EP with Look At Us Now Dad).
Watch Spacey Jane’s ‘Booster Seat’:
I OH YOU collected the prestigious Best Independent Label gong and the 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award went to Deena Lynch (aka Jaguar Jonze), in recognition of her work in “courageously calling out unacceptable behaviour” and for raising awareness for the industry to have a code of conduct to ensure everyone’s safety in the workplace, reads a statement from AIR.
“Congratulations to all the nominees and winners tonight,” comments AIR CEO Maria Amato. “In a year of continued lockdowns and enormous challenges, it was great to see Australian Independent artists continue to create new music and connect with engaged audiences.”
2021 AIR Award Winners:
Best Independent Label
I OH YOU (Presented by Moshtix).
Outstanding Achievement Award
Deena Lynch (Presented by Merlin)
Independent Album Of The Year
DMA’S – THE GLOW
Independent Song Of The Year
Spacey Jane – Booster Seat
Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year – Presented by PPCA
Best Independent Soul/R&B Album or EP
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Crossover
Best Independent Country Album or EP
Fanny Lumsden – Fallow
Best Independent Blues and Roots Album or EP
Vika & Linda – Sunday (The Gospel According To Iso)
Best Independent Pop Album or EP
Gordi – Our Two Skins
Best Independent Rock Album or EP
DMA’S – THE GLOW
Best Independent Punk Album or EP
The Chats – High Risk Behavior
Best Independent Heavy Album or EP
Polaris– The Death Of Me
Best Independent Hip Hop Album or EP
Chillint – The Octagon
Best Independent Dance or Electronica Album or EP
Banoffee – Look At Us Now Dad
Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single
DMA’S – Criminals (The Avalanches Remix)
Best Independent Jazz Album or EP
Katie Noonan – The Sweetest Taboo
Best Independent Classical Album or EP
Joseph Tawadros / James Tawadros / Sydney Symphony Orchestra / Benjamin Northey – Live at The Sydney Opera House
Best Independent Children’s Album or EP
Teeny Tiny Stevies – Thoughtful Songs For Little People
This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.