Courtney Barnett wins Australian Music Prize

She beat nine others to pick up the accolade in Sydney last night

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Courtney Barnett has won this year’s Australian Music Prize, pipping Tame Impala and more to the post.

The annual award, the country’s equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize, judges the best record produced by an Australian artist over the past twelve months.

Barnett picked up the prize at a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday (March 9) for her recent album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. She receives $30,000 Australian (£15,000) for the win.


“I respect so many Australian artists so to be picked as the one that wins is pretty amazing,” Barnett told the audience whilst accepting her prize, reports Triple J.

“Plus, I’ve never had a novelty cheque before – I’m a bit nervous to hold it. One thing I like about this award, it’s judged on the art and the music and it’s not on sales or other boring shit like that; so thanks.”

The full list of nominations were:

Courtney Barnett – ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’
Dan Kelly – ‘Leisure Panic’
Dick Diver – ‘Melbourne, Florida’
Gold Class – ‘It’s You’
Jess Ribeiro – ‘Kill It Yourself’
Methyl Ethel – ‘Oh Inhuman Spectacle’
My Disco – ‘Severe’
Royal Headache – ‘High’
Sarah Blasko – ‘Eternal Return’
Tame Impala – ‘Currents’

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