The 16th AMP announces album contenders so far

Thursday, 29 Oct 2020

The Australian Music Prize (The AMP), now in its 16th year, is on track to deliver a shortlist and winner in 2021. 

The judges have been listening to over 300 albums since June, and have selected 52 album as contenders for the best album of 2020 – so far! See the full list below. 

“The world needs music more than ever, and anything that we can do to support songwriters and artists to keep creating is critical. This year might have been the most challenging ever to write, record, release and/or promote an album, but also the most meaningful to fans and the music industry at large. We’re a longtime and proud supporter of The Australian Music Prize for keeping a spotlight on new Australian music.” Dean Ormston – APRA AMCOS CEO

“Music is about uniting people and now more than ever we all need a bit of hope and happiness. I’m excited the Mushroom Group is supporting The Australian Music Prize (AMP) once again in 2020. It’s an important award offering recognition and support to our best independent Australian artists and songwriters, acknowledgement needed more than ever as our local music industry goes through these difficult times.” Michael Gudinski – Chairman of Mushroom Group 

“It’s important to note that the process is ongoing…The Stage 1 judges will be listening right up to the end of the year as albums will be released until then – so the list of Nominated albums will grow.” Scott B. Murphy – AMP Founder and Prize Director

The Nominated albums so far – 

  • #1 Dads Golden Repair
  • 5 Seconds of Summer Calm
  • Alice Ivy Don’t Sleep
  • Andras Joyful
  • Andrew Tuttle Alexandra
  • Banoffee Look At Us Now Dad
  • Big Yawn No!
  • Boomalli The Promise
  • Cable Ties Far Enough
  • Caiti Baker Mary Of The North
  • Clamm Beseech Me
  • DMA’s The Glow
  • E4443 Coldstream Road
  • Eddy Current Suppression Ring All in Good Time
  • Fanny Lumsden Fallow
  • Good Boy It Takes A Lot Of Skill To Milk A Mare
  • Gordi Our Two Skins
  • Gordon Koang Unity 
  • Gum Out In The World
  • Jack Colwell Swandream
  • Jess Cornelius Distance
  • Karate Boogaloo Carn The Boogers
  • Katie Dey Mydata
  • L-FRESH The Lion South West
  • Loser Mindless Joy
  • Luke Howard The Sand That Ate The Sea
  • Mark Seymour & The Undertow Slow Dawn
  • Miiesha Nyaaringu
  • Mild Minds Mood
  • Nat Vazer Is This Offensive And Loud?
  • Nick Griffith 7AM
  • Party Dozen Pray For Party Dozen
  • Primo! Sogni
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Sideways To New Italy
  • Roza Terenzi Modern Bliss
  • RVG Feral
  • Sarah Mary Chadwick Please Daddy
  • Shepparton Airplane Sharks
  • Simona Castricum Panic/Desire
  • Snowy Band Audio Commentary
  • Sophie Hutchings Scattered On The Wind
  • Stevan Just Kids
  • Sweet Whirl How Much Works
  • Tame Impala The Slow Rush
  • The Chats High Risk Behaviour
  • The Friend Of David McComb Truckload Of Sky
  • The Necks Three
  • Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife You Be The Lightning
  • Traffik Island Sweat Kollecta’s Peanut Butter Traffik Jam
  • Vanessa Perica Orchestra Love Is A Temporary Madness
  • Violent Soho Everything Is A-OK
  • Ziggy Ramo Black Thoughts

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