Finalists announced for 2020 QMAs
QUEENSLAND'S best known musicians and next generation stars will go head-to-head at the annual Queensland Music Awards (QMAs), which helped launch the careers of big name stars including Amy Shark.
Announced today, finalists for the 2020 QMAs, to be held for the first time at The Fortitude Music Hall in March, include success stories The Jungle Giants, Cub Sport, DZ Deathrays, Katie Noonan, WAAX, and The Kite String Tangle.
Leading the list is Rockhampton duo Busby Marou, fronted by Thomas Busby and Jeremy Marou, who are finalists in four categories - Blues/Roots, indigenous, Pop and Regional - while fellow regional artist Greta Stanley is up for three awards.
The Pop category might prove to be the trickiest to conquer, with four well-known artists, Busby Marou, Cub Sport, IVEY and The Jungle Giants, all finalists.
At last year's ceremony, Gold Coast success Amy Shark said her win in 2016 was a pivotal moment in her career.
Dan Baker, Harry Phillips, Hope D and Jaguar Jonze are the four finalists for the $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship - an accolade previously awarded to the likes of Sam Hales from the Jungle Giants, Jeremy Neale and Jaimee Fryer from Pool Shop.
It will be a particularly big year for Jaguar Jonze, who will also be competing at Eurovision - Australia Decides on Gold Coast next month along with artists such as Vanessa Amorosi, Montaigne and Didirri.
Confidential can reveal Miiesha will join Cub Sport, Busby Marou, Jaguar Jonze and Order Sixty6 with live performances.
The inaugural Emerging Artist of the Year Award, championing Queensland's breakout stars, will also be handed out on the night.
The finalists were selected after months of deliberation by more than 100 Australian and international music industry figures.
The QMAs will be held Fortitude Music Hall on Tuesday, March 3.
Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.
2020 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS
Blues / Roots
Electronic / Dance
The Kite String Tangle
A Somerset Parade
Being Jane Lane
Hip Hop / Rap
Luke Daniel Peacock
Milton Man Gogh
Sophie Min & James Sherlock
The View From Madelines Couch
Eliza & The Delusionals
Singer Songwriter / Folk
Soul / Funk / R'n'B
Matt Hsu's Orchestra
Nine Year Sister
The Kite String Tangle
Billy Thorpe Scholarship
Dan Baker, Townsville
Harry Phillips, Brisbane
Hope D, Brisbane
Jaguar Jonze, Brisbane