Toowoomba artist Sue Ray has been named a finalist in the 2018 Queensland Music awards for world and folk music. She is accompanied in that category by three Brisbane artists MZAZA, Sian Evans and Sol. Best Pop Song nominee list featured Cub Sport for Chasin’, Sheppard with Coming Home and The Jungle Giants’ hit Feel The Way I Do. Following her recent worldwide success, Gold Coast based artist Amy Shark leads the pack alongside The Jungle Giants, both with three nominations, followed closely by dual nominees WAAX, Tia Gostelow, The Kite String Tangle, Cub Sport, Eleea and King Social. Battling it out for Best Rock Song are Brisbane’s hometown heroes DZ Deathrays and Jeremy Neale together with first-time nominees WAAX and the Gold Coast’s Landings. The Gold Coast continues to deliver, with newcomers Eliza & The Delusionals, Harry J Hart, and Eleea receiving their debut nominations alongside previous QMA winners Amy Shark, Karl S Williams and Doolie.

FNQ is represented with four nominations, including Cairns-based Hip-Hop and Rap nominee VEXED and emerging songwriter Greta Stanley, Kuranda’s Soul, Funk and R’n’B soloist Mayah, and Schools Award nominees Legends of Perhaps, the sibling four-piece from Cooktown. Also announced today is the 2018 Album of the Year shortlist featuring The Jungle Giants, The Creases, Cub Sport, The Kite String Tangle and Airling.

In addition to these nominees, four finalists are in the running for the $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship 2018, supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland: Brisbane-based ambient-electronic producer Yoste, indie electronica songwriter Keelan Mak, acoustic pop songwriter Harry Phillips, and Greta Stanley. The Scholarship recipient will be announced during the Queensland Music Awards ceremony.

The night will also feature winner announcements for Export & Lifetime Achievement Awards. Following will be the annual party to celebrate Queensland music which will take place on Monday 14 May 2018 in Brisbane.

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