Casey Barnes has taken out the prestigious Artist of the Year award for the third time in a row and has earned a place in the Hall of Fame.
Back for its eighth year, the Gold Coast Music Awards were held on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the vivid and diverse music scene that resides on its golden shores.
Casey Barnes was the clear winner of this year's celebration, winning the Artist of the Year award for the third time in a row and earning a place in the Hall of Fame. Barnes is the second artist, after Amy Shark, to be awarded the prestigious induction.
Michael Chugg AM, Executive Chairman of Chugg Entertainment, said: “Chugg Music are proud to congratulate Casey Barnes on receiving the award for Artist of the Year and for achieving Hall of Fame status from the GCMAs.
“It’s been an amazing three years with Casey as he has risen into the ranks of Australia’s premier Country performers both here and in America. We would also like to congratulate the team at the GCMA for the incredible yearly event, which is doing so much for Queensland performers & the Music industry.”
Other winners of the afternoon included Wildheart, who received the highest number of award nominations, taking out Release of the Year with Global Crisis. Breakout Artist of the Year went to Buttered, while Tijuana Cartel took out Live Act of the Year.
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Sofia Isella was awarded Musician of the Year, Eliza & The Delusionals for Song Of The Year and Lily Grace for Burleigh Brewing People’s Choice Award.
Chloe Popa, Co-Founder of the Awards, said: “Our 2022 Award winners and finalists are a true reflection of the depth and diversity of the creative talent that continues to grow and emerge from this City.
“It was such a close call for the judges in many of the categories, it truly becomes more and more challenging each year to select finalists and winners. The winners announced today are all very deserving of the accolade and we’re especially thrilled to announce that Casey will be inducted into the Gold Coast Music Hall of Fame. We look forward to seeing his star continue to rise.”
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WINNER: CASEY BARNES
FINALISTS: Buttered, Eliza and the Delusionals, Hussy Hicks, Lily Papas, Wildheart
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FINALISTS: Chutney, DENNIS, Gaudion, Girl and Girl, Hinterland, Latour, Lily Grace, SOFIA ISELLA
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WINNER: TIJUANA CARTEL
FINALISTS: Buttered, Casey Barnes, Eliza and the Delusionals, Girl and Girl, Heavy Wax, Hussy Hicks, Peach Fur,
SOFIA ISELLA, Wildheart.
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WINNER: SOFIA ISELLA
FINALISTS: Brendan Huxley, EUCA, Harry J Hart, Josh Beattie, Lindsay Waddington, Ronnie, William Hoareau.
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WINNER: Wildheart – Global Crisis
Casey Barnes – Light It Up
Cold Ghost – Dominoes
EUCA – Transitional Period
Girl and Girl – A Typical Friday Night (Shame, Sex & Misery)
Lily Papas – Encore
These Idle Hands – Meraki
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WINNER: BRAD HOSKING
FINALISTS: Blake Malone, Guy Cooper, Jared Adlam, Matt Bartlem.
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WINNER: Eliza and the Delusionals – Save Me
Casey Barnes –God Took His Time On You
DENNIS. –False Truths
EUCA –Only Fools
Georgia Horeau -17
Hollow Coves -Purple
Lemaire –Ford Laser
Lily Papas -Heaven
The Vultures –Conversations
Wildheart -Show Me What It's Like To Be Worthless
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WINNER: MO’S DESERT CLUBHOUSE
FINALISTS: Dust Temple, elsewhere, Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, Vinnies Dive.
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WINNER: Gimmy Flowens –Don’t Be Afraid
Atticus Chimps –Liquid Percussion
Baltimore Gun Club –Deniro
Chutney –Life I Like
DENNIS. –Stuck In My Ways
Eliza and the Delusionals –Give You Everything
Geniie Boy –Elevator to the Sky
Hussy Hicks and Monkey Noise –Same Boat
Lemaire –Ford Laser
The Riot -Pissed
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WINNER: BIANCA HINTON
FINALISTS: Hussy Hicks and Monkey Noise, Jared Hinz, Shane Budini, Simone Gorman-Clark.
WINNER: GIRL AND GIRL
FINALISTS: EUCA, Georgia Hoareau, Girl and Girl, Harry J Hart, Lemaire, MAD WXRLD, NXT.
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WINNER: Lily Grace
FINAL THREE: Cold Ghost, Hinterland, Lily Grace.