All The Winners From The 2022 National Indigenous Music Awards

6 August 2022 | 10:31 pm | Dan Cribb

“To be at the Amphitheater with community, celebrating together in person will be something I will remember for a very long time."

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The National Indigenous Music Awards made an emotional return tonight, with some of the country’s best artists honoured at the iconic Darwin Amphitheatre.

The highly anticipated event saw Yolngu man Baker Boy claim two coveted awards, Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, following the release of his stunning debut record, Gela, while Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung indie artist Jem Cassar-Daley’s success over the past year in the wake of debut EP I Don’t Know Who To Call saw her awarded New Talent of the Year.

The Music’s Cover Artist this week, King Stingray were awarded Song of the Year for Milkumana, which features on their self-titled debut album that dropped on Friday, while Malyangapa and Barkindji woman Barkaa claimed Film Clip of the Year for King Brown and Indigenous Outreach Projects earned Community Clip of the Year.

Ngemba rapper, drummer and speaker Dobby took out the Archie Roach Foundation Award.

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Highlights of the evening included a touching tribute to the late Uncle Archie Roach by the whole NIMAs cast who played We Won’t Cry, as well as Gurrumul’s Hall of Fame induction, which saw a performance by his brother and Saltwater Band co-founder, Manuel Dhurrkay and Shellie Morris.

Attendees were also treated to performances from King Stingray, Birdz, Yirrmal, Bumpy and more.

"So honoured to be a part of such an incredible night tonight,” NIMAs Creative Director Ben Graetz said. 

“To be at the Amphitheater with community, celebrating together in person will be something I will remember for a very long time. Also to remember, honour and pay tribute to Dr G and Uncle Archie was a true highlight.”

National Indigenous Music Awards Winners 2022

Artist of the Year

Baker Boy

Album of the Year

Baker Boy - Gela

New Talent of the Year

Jem Cassar-Daley

Song of the Year

King Stingray – Milkumana

Song Writers: Roy Kellaway / Gotjirringu Jerome Yunipingu

Film Clip of the Year

Barkaa – King Brown

Directed & Produced by: Sonder Films

Executive Producer: Vyva Entertainment

Community Clip of the Year

Numbulwar, NT – Loud & Proud

Directors & Producers: Indigenous Outreach Projects /Matthew Mastratisi / Franceska Fusha / Lesley Phillips / Jordan O’Davis

Numbulwar Community & School

Hall of Fame


Archie Roach Foundation Award