Music Victoria recently announced the Industry-Voted nominees for the Music Victoria Awards 2022.


Amongst the nominees is Peninsula-based singer-songrwiter and educator Carissa Nyalu who received a nomination for the 2022 Archie Roach Foundation Award.

Hand selected over the past six months, the 2022 award entries have been whittled down by a team of more than 200 acclaimed judges from across the Australian music industry.

Leading the industry nominations list for 2022 is internationally acclaimed act Confidence Man who will be going up against strong competition for Best Pop Work at the December awards ceremony, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (both vying for the top spot in the Best Rock/Punk Work category), while prolific artist Mo’Ju has been nominated for Best Soul, Funk, RNB Gospel Work alongside Kutcha EdwardsLance Ferguson, Nikodimos and Zretro.

Best Folk Work sees a strong nominations list, with Above The BitAustral, Charm of Finches, Kerryn Fields and Ruby Gill, as does the Best Reggae and Dancehall Work category, with Jah TungJahWiseNicky Bomba and Shottaz all vying for the top spot.

In 2022, the Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent, plays an especially important role in this year’s award ceremony following the sad passing of the Victorian icon. Nominees include a standout list of emerging First Nations talent from across the state, with nominations for BumpyCarissa NyaluJess HitchcockMpathSoul – Monica Jasmine Karo and Pirritu.

The ever important Arts Access Amplify Award will also return in 2022. Established to shine a light on and recognise the contributions made by D/deaf and disabled musicians in the past 12 months, the list of nominations includes BattsBetween MirrorsEvelyn Ida MorrisNat Bartsch and Saint Ergo.

New partner MAV (Multicultural Arts Victoria) have also signed on to sponsor the MAV Diasporas Award (previously Best Global/Intercultural) – an award created for, by and with culturally and linguistically diverse creatives as an artistic intervention to increase visibility, participation, and equity in the music scene towards a new music ecology. A long list of amazing artists, including Ajak Kwai, Black Jesus eXperience, Charles Maimarosia, Hand to Earth and Vanessa Estrada have been nominated for the revised category.

While the announcement focuses on the Industry-Voted list of nominees, the music lovers are still encouraged to check out the full list of nominees, listen to the artists’ music, and support the amazing talent on offer in the state of Victoria.

Check out the awards HERE