Carla Geneve, Spacey Jane and Tame Impala lead nominations for 2020 WAMAwards

Carla Geneve, Spacey Jane and Tame Impala are poised to add to their heaving trophy cabinets thanks to the 2020 WAMAwards.

For the third year in a row, Albany-raised blues-rocker Geneve leads the nominations for the annual celebration of WA talent, which were unveiled today.

She has a six nods, including best rock act, most popular act, best guitarist and most popular live act, plus best single for The Right Reasons — a track on her debut album, Learn to Like It, which is released on April 23.

Indie rockers Spacey Jane have scored five nominations for the 2020 WAMAwards, including best album for Sunlight.
Camera IconIndie rockers Spacey Jane have scored five nominations for the 2020 WAMAwards, including best album for Sunlight.

Meanwhile Spacey Jane lead a six-pack of WA acts boasting five nomination each. The others are Grace Barbe, Grievous Bodily Calm, Noah Dillon, Supathick, and Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks.

Following their impressive second place in the Triple J Hottest 100 with break-up ballad Booster Seat, the Spaceys are up for best album (for Sunlight), pop act and single in the industry-voted categories.

First Nations hip-hop MC and soul vocalist MissGenius — a Maduwongga and Noongar woman, who grew up in Broome, Perth and Kalgoorlie — has four nods, including best indigenous and regional act.

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala will hope to add to his award collection at the 2020 WAM Awards.
Camera IconKevin Parker of Tame Impala will hope to add to his award collection at the 2020 WAM Awards.

Tame Impala’s latest long-player The Slow Rush is nominated for best album alongside top local releases from San Cisco, Great Gable, New Nausea, Birds of Tokyo and Spacey Jane — arguably the strongest field for the most prestigious WAMAward in the ceremony’s history.

Kevin Parker’s world renowned psych-pop project are perhaps out of place in the best rock act category, where they’re up against guitar-wielding outfits Verge Collection, the Southern River Band, Sly Withers and Geneve.

Perhaps Tame Impala should be competing with San Cisco, Alter Boy, Your Girl Pho, Ghost Care, Spacey Jane and Stella Donnelly for the best pop act crown.

Perth singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly once again features in the WA music gongs.
Camera IconPerth singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly once again features in the WA music gongs.

Relative newcomer Siobhan Cotchen stars in both the best blues/roots and country act categories, and another Perth-spawned global superstar in Troye Sivan is nominated for best EP for In a Dream.

The big industry gong, the Golden WAMi 2020 is a five-way tussle between behind-the-scenes stalwarts Tenille Elkins, Hayley Ayres, Mark Neal, Will Backler and accountant-to-the-stars Kylie Thompson.

Fast-rising country rock singer-songwriter Siobhan Cotchin is nominated in the blues/roots and country categories at this year’s WAMAwards.
Camera IconFast-rising country rock singer-songwriter Siobhan Cotchin is nominated in the blues/roots and country categories at this year’s WAMAwards.

There are 20 industry-voted categories spanning genres such as folk, hip-hop, electronica and metal, plus an award for label of the year.

Ten craft categories specifically honour singers, instrumentalists, producers, engineers and video, plus a new categories for best live/streaming sound engineers.

And there are five awards that the public will decide before voting closes on March 3.

The winners will be announced live at His Majesty’s Theatre on March 23.

The WAMAwards ceremony was initially planned for November last year.

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How to Watch the 2021 Golden Globes Nominations Livestream – E! Online

While the 2021 Golden Globes are right around the corner, the nominee announcements are much sooner!

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association—along with celebrity guests—will reveal which film and television stars made the coveted list. The prestigious event tends to include a bit of surprise every year, and this year will surely be no different.

There are quite a few titles predicted to snag one or two noms after capturing millions of eyes last year, including The Queen’s Gambit, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Crown, One Night in Miami and more many.

Check out all the details below to find out how to watch the major Golden Globes announcement exclusively on E! News and Today

When are the 2021 Golden Globes nominations announced and what time do they start?

This year, the 78th Golden Globe nominations in all 25 categories will be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 3 starting at 5:35 a.m. PST/8:35 am EST. 

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AFL draft 2020: Nominations, Blake Coleman, Josh Eyre, Reef McInnes, father son, academy, bidding system

The 2020 AFL draft is just days away — and clubs, particularly those with first-round picks, are pondering when to make rivals pay the price for having priority access to some of this year’s best young prospects.

Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd earlier this year dubbed this year’s draft “the most compromised draft in the history of the game”. That’s because a significant portion of the top Under 18 footballers are already tied to AFL clubs, either via father-son or academy links.

It means comes draft night, rival clubs will ‘bid’ on up to a dozen prospects to ensure the teams that have rights to those players ‘earn’ the draft selection.

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We could see this in action immediately, with Adelaide considering whether to call out the name of Bulldogs Next Generation Academy prospect Jamarra Ugle-Hagan with the first pick — an unprecedented call, should it come to fruition.

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The Black experience takes center stage at 2021 Grammy nominations

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With police brutality continuing to devastate Black families and the coronavirus ravishing Black America disproportionately, the world was driven to the significance of this year’s Juneteenth more than ever before.

And Beyoncé knew she wanted to release a song on that momentous day, so she dropped “Black Parade,” an anthemic jam where she proudly sings about her heritage, hometown, and returning to her African roots.

Months later, the song – and others focused on protesting, police brutality, and the overall Black experience – are taking center stage at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

Beyoncé’s “Black Parade” scored nominations for two of the top awards: song of the year and record of the year. The track will also compete for best RB song and best RB performance.

“There could have been a different approach as far as releasing the record and capitalizing off of timings of other things, but we really wanted to get it out during a time where we could all remember the feeling and the energy,” Derek Dixie, a longtime collaborator of Beyoncé’s who co-wrote the song with the pop star, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“It’s not always about the money and about catching streaming numbers and things like that. Sometimes it’s just about what it is – which was making our people proud.”

“Black Parade” helped Beyoncé land nine nominations, making her the overall top Grammy contender. Mr. Dixie earned three Grammy nominations for co-writing and co-producing the song.

For song of the year, “Black Parade” will compete with H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe,” the RB singer’s track about police brutality.

Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture,” a protest song he created in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, scored nominations for best rap song and best rap performance. Proceeds from the song will support the Black Lives Matter movement, Breonna Taylor’s attorney, The Bail Project, and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Anderson.Paak also released a song on Juneteenth – the holiday that commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free – and it’s competing for two awards. “Lockdown” is nominated for best rap performance and best music video.

Country singer Mickey Guyton wrote the track “Black Like Me” a year ago but released it this year because she felt it was extremely relevant. Now, it’s nominated for best country solo performance, giving the performer her first-ever Grammy nomination.

“It’s been so hard in the country music community, and trying to get country music to even support my music – and for me to get a Grammy [nomination], it just goes to show that writing your truth is just the way to go,” Ms. Guyton told the AP on Tuesday. “And not only writing your truth, but really bringing your brothers and sisters up with you.”

But Ms. Guyton admits that everyone’s response to her song wasn’t warm. It features the lyrics, “If you think we live in the land of the free/You should try to be Black like me.”

“I released it and I did get people that were very angry. There were even radio stations that people were like, ‘Get this [expletive] off of my radio station,’” she said. “I would get people writing me messages like, ‘Well, if you don’t like it here then leave.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, it’s just as much my country as it is yours.’”

Ms. Guyton added that some “radio stations were scared to play [‘Black Like Me’] because they were [angering] their listeners, because their listeners didn’t want to hear that.”

Apart from “Black Parade,” Beyoncé also earned nominations for her film honoring Black art and Black history, “Black Is King,” as well as her ode to dark- and brown-skinned women, “Brown Skin Girl.”

Mr. Dixie, who has worked as Beyoncé’s music director and has produced, engineered, and arranged songs for the singer, said he’s grateful he’s working with an artist who boldly speaks about Black pride in her music.

“It’s just good to see that she’s willing to put that type of energy out and not necessarily be thinking about: ‘What’s going to guarantee me a No. 1? What’s going to guarantee me this?’ It’s a part of our conversation, it’s a part of the process, but when it’s necessary to put that art out there, to put that energy out there, she’s usually … leading the pack in that regard,” Mr. Dixie said. “So I’m grateful to be associated with her on that path.”

Ms. Guyton added that it’s comforting to see some many Black musicians reflect the current times in their music, and she’s grateful to the Grammys for acknowledging those kinds of songs.

“It’s so important because so often Black people, and Black women especially, are getting overlooked. … And you’re constantly just trying to get people to remember that you’re there,” she said. “It feels like we’re seen, and I don’t think we’ve always felt seen.”

“I use this scenario of going into any grocery store – if you go to any grocery store … and you look for hair products for someone who is ethnic and … you see an entire aisle full of every and any hair product you can possibly think for someone that is not Black. But whenever it comes to finding hair products for a Black person, we’re designated a shelf. And today, it doesn’t feel like we’re designated a shelf.”

The 2021 Grammy Awards will air live on Jan. 31.

This story was reported by The Associated Press.

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Fanny Lumsden tops 2021 Country Music Awards of Australia nominations, with live ceremony expected

Country music artist Fanny Lumsden has topped nominations for the 2021 Country Music Awards of Australia, also known as the Golden Guitars, appearing in seven categories.

The awards are set to go ahead live in Tamworth on January 23 despite the cancellation — due to COVID-19 — of the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival, which usually precedes it.

Lumsden and her husband, Dan Freeman, nearly didn’t make this year’s festival after a huge bushfire threatened their home in Tooma in southern New South Wales.

But stories of resilience have inspired much of the work on their album, Fallow, which is nominated for the coveted Album of the Year award.

Lumsden has also picked up nominations in the Alt-County Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, Heritage Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Female Artist of the Year.

Sister group The McClymonts have picked up six nominations, including for Contemporary Country Album of the Year.(AAP: Brendan Esposito)

Sister group The McClymonts have picked up six nominations, including for Contemporary Country Album of the Year, for their sixth studio album, Mayhem to Madness.

Travis Collins is also up for six nominations off the back of his new album, Wreck Me.

Tamworth local Allison Forbes has been nominated in four categories for her first album Bonedigger, while the Tamworth grown — and now Newcastle-based — Hurricane Fall will compete in the Group of Duo of the Year category.

Industry stalwarts Adam Harvey and Lee Kernaghan have been nominated in the Vocal Collaboration of the Year category for their duet Ramblin’ Fever.

If Kernaghan is successful in winning an award this year he will overtake Slim Dusty as the record holder for most Golden Guitar awards.

Travis Collins performing
Travis Collins is also up for six nominations off the back of his new album, Wreck Me.(ABC News: Tawar Razaghi)

The 2021 Golden Guitar Awards are set to be a time of celebration for the industry, which has weathered a difficult year as the global pandemic shut down many opportunities for musicians to earn a living playing gigs

The Tamworth Deputy Mayor, Phil Betts, acknowledged the current climate and paid tribute to the artists who continued to produce their music.

“This certainly is a different norm we’re emerging throughout of the COVID crisis,” he said.

“We look forward to the January (awards) event and to see the nominees that are here today, be able to enjoy the awards again as usual.”

‘Australian country music will continue’

Country Music Association of Australia chairman Dan Biddle said the industry appreciated Tamworth’s commitment to the music genre.

“There is no other regional city in Australia that invests in or supports music of any genre to the level that Tamworth does,” he said.

“The fact we’ve received a record number of entries in a number of categories shows our artists and their teams will ensure that this golden age of Australian country music will continue, no matter what challenges it may face.”

At one stage it looked like the 2021 Golden Guitars Award Ceremony would be online only, but organisers are now confident a live show in Tamworth will go ahead and also be streamed via the ABC.

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Cairns schools: Nominations open for FNQ’s Best Teacher

IT’S been an unusual school year as the coronavirus pandemic grips the globe.

But through all the disruptions, the region’s wonderful teachers have been busy ensuring Far North students don’t miss out on their education.

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As we tick through Term 4, we want to celebrate the efforts of Far North teachers this year.

We’re calling for nominations for FNQ’s Best Teacher.

Which mentor do you think has made a difference to students’ lives this year?

Nominations must include the teacher’s full name and school, and, if you like, why you think they deserve the title of FNQ’s Best Teacher.

Add your nomination in the comments below.

Originally published as Nominate the Far North’s best teacher for 2020

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From Anzac biscuits to ARIA nominations: How Canberra music teacher CJ Shaw inspires his students

For a lot of Australians, the annual ARIA Music Awards stoke memories of Delta Goodrem, Silverchair and passionate Tina Arena speeches.

But this year, for Canberrans, there is a nominee to be found closer to home.

Palmerston Primary School music teacher CJ Shaw is one of just four people nominated for the ARIA Music Teacher award.

If he wins, it will be a first for the ACT — and a huge deal for the little community of kids who say he is the best teacher they have ever had.

From the road to the classroom

Music teacher CJ Shaw tackles tricky topics like war, through song.(ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

The ARIA Music Teacher Award was introduced in 2017, to recognise the huge impact music teachers have on kids throughout Australia.

With his fedora on and sticker-studded guitar in hand, Mr Shaw works hard to make singing a spiritual experience for his students.

His teaching career began five years ago, after spending his 20s touring as a musician.

“The family trade called me back,” Mr Shaw laughed.

“We are all teachers as far as the eye can see from aunts to uncles to brothers and sisters and mums and dads, we are all teachers.”

His songs are original and help make subjects that aren’t always fun a treat — perfect for Palmerston Primary in Canberra’s north, which is home to a lot of families with ties to the armed forces.

Earlier this year Mr Shaw wrote an original song about ANZAC biscuits to help students think about the complexities of war.

“Gonna bake my dad some Anzac biscuits, send them to the war,” the lyrics state.

“Gonna bake my dad some Anzac biscuits, make sure that he comes home.

“Gonna bake enough for my sister, gonna bake enough for my mum

“Gonna bake enough for my next door neighbour, who lost both his sons.”

“I wanted to give students access to understanding,” Mr Shaw explained.

The song did what it intended, and the students have gone on to record it in a converted studio classroom, make a stop-motion video to accompany it, and it has been picked up my the Australian War Memorial and ABC Radio Canberra.

“The kids felt like rockstars, there’s been great ownership from the whole school,” Mr Shaw said.

“There’s probably 30 voices on the track but you can go through and you can ask any number of kids and they’d swear it’s actually them.

“Even if I’ve never taught them … they’d be like, ‘Nah I think that’s me!'”

Principal Kate Smith, who nominated Mr Shaw for the award, said children are often heard rapping their times tables or singing a passionate rendition of the homophone song in the playground.

“The staff get into it as well,” she said.


‘When I grow up I want to teach people to sing like Mr Shaw’

Ms Smith called Mr Shaw “a magician”, and a quick look around his music room shows his students think so, too.

Heart shaped sticky notes stuck all over the walls tell a story of what music has grown to mean to the kids.

“When I listen to music, it makes me feel like myself,” one reads.

“I love music because it can change your mood!” writes another.

Year five student Alex said it was the happiness that Mr Shaw brought to music that made him such a good teacher. 

Skyla, grade two, said she looks up to Mr Shaw.

“He has taught me to express my voice better,” she said.

“When I grow up I want to teach people to sing like Mr Shaw.”

During lockdown when children weren’t in classrooms, Mr Shaw made regular appearances in the loungerooms of school families. 

“A lot of parents were actually really sad when the kids came back to school because it meant they weren’t getting a daily dose of CJ in their loungerooms,” Ms Smith said.

Jimmy Barnes and Jessica Mauboy
Rock legend Jimmy Barnes — performing here with Jessica Mauboy during the 30th ARIA Awards — announced Mr Shaw’s nomination.(AAP: Paul Miller)

From one legend to another

But while Mr Shaw is considered a rock star in his own right around the school yard, there is another rock star in this story.

When Mr Shaw was contacted by the ARIA team to see who he wanted to announce his nomination, only one name came to mind.

“There are only very few times in your life that you can just say ‘Jimmy Barnes’ and look them in the eye,” he said.

A few weeks later, Barnsey was beamed out through on a projector in Mr Shaw’s classroom.

“Music is a way of expressing how you feel inside,” he told the year five class.

With just under a month to go until voting for the ARIA Music Teacher Award closes, Mr Shaw’s school have issued a rallying cry to the Canberra community to get behind one of their own.

“The community is certainly behind him, and we would love to see the Canberra community get behind him as well,” Ms Smith said.

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AFL Rising Star 2020, odds, nominations | AFL Rising Star TV times, Matt Rowell, past winners, rules, Ultimate Guide

Can a player win the Rising Star award after managing four-and-a-bit (breathtaking) games?

Technically, yes. Morally? That’s what this year’s AFL Rising Star judges have been contemplating over recent days and weeks.

Not only was Gold Coast’s Matthew Rowell, an 18-year-old midfielder in his first AFL season and representing the team almost unanimously tipped pre-season to ‘win’ the wooden spoon this year, a ridiculously short favourite to win the Rising Star award after four rounds, he was also one of the favourites to win the Brownlow Medal.

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Schitt’s Creek sweeps categories; Winners, nominations, best dressed, how to watch

Well, that’s a sweep!

Annie Murphy wins best supporting actress for her turn as Alexis, the ditsy Schittsy daughter, and that means the show has won all four of the comedy acting awards, plus writing and directing. How good is that?

As I wrote last week, Schitt’s Creek is a show that grows on you. Outside of Canada it was virtually unknown until its third season, which is when Netflix picked it up. And in some ways that was a bit of a blessing, because it meant people could get past the first few episodes, which felt a little mean-spirited at times. That meant fans could grow along with the formerly wealthy, now-destitute Rose family as they found themselves forced to try to make a life in the rural backwater of Schitt’s Creek (a town bought by father Johnny, played by Eugene Levy, as a joke birthday present for his son David, played by Daniel Levy, and now the family’s only remaining asset).

By the time the show ended this year after six seasons – it wasn’t cancelled; Daniel Levy felt it was time, and wrapped it up perfectly – the Roses had grown, and so had the town. And so, of course, had the show.

“I’m so proud to be part of a show that stands for love and kindness and inclusivity and acceptance,” says Annie Murphy in her acceptance speech. “Because those four things are things that we need more than ever right now.”

Amen to that.

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