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Baker Boy 'Artist Of The Year' at NIMAS

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The Fresh Prince of Arnhem Land and Young Australian of the Year, Baker Boy took out the major award at the 16th National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) at Gardens Amphitheatre on Saturday night.

The NIMAs are Australia’s premier First Nations music event, honouring the best in Indigenous music from around the country and are supported by the Territory Labor Government with an investment of $200,000 for this year’s event.

Baker Boy went home with Artist Of The Year following his success as Young Australian Of The Year with hit singles Mr La Di Da Di, Cool As Hell and In Control.

Mojo Juju won both Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year for her album Native Tongue and its title-track.

Other winners of the night included:

· New Talent Of The Year: Kaiit

· Film Clip Of The Year: Briggs - Life Is Incredible

· Community Clip Of The Year: Deni Mob – State of the Heart

Musical icons Tiddas and Cairns jazz vocalist, Wilma Reading were inducted into the NIMA Hall Of Fame.

The night featured performances from Archie Roach, Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan, Electric Fields, Tasman Keith, Spinifex Gum, Deborah Cheetham, Darwin Larrakia/Belyuen Dancers, Eric Avery, Wilma Reading and Dallas Woods.

Mambali took out the inaugural Archie Roach Foundation Award which provides $2,000 and mentoring from industry professionals to an emerging Territory artist.

This year Indigenous music had strong airplay with ARIA charting albums, commercial radio breakthroughs, national tours, Hottest 100 placements and acts playing festivals across the country.

For more information visit https://nima.musicnt.com.au/

Image: Brendan Esposito/AAP