• Baker Boy at the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) 2019 in Darwin (Supplied: David Hancock)Source: Supplied: David Hancock
Twenty-four First Nations artists have been nominated in this year's National Indigenous Music Awards, which will be streamed virtually from Larrakia Country for the first time.
By
Keira Jenkins

Source:
NITV News
13 Jul 2020 - 9:25 AM  UPDATED 13 Jul 2020 - 9:25 AM

Miiesha and Baker Boy have led this year's National Indigenous Music Awards Nominations, with three appearances each.

Baker Boy is up for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Film Clip of the Year while Miiesha has scored nominations in Album of the Year, New Talent of the Year and Film Clip of the Year.

The pair are among 24 First Nations artists from across the country who have been recognised among seven categories - Artist of the Year, Album of the Year New Talent of the Year, Indigenous Language Award, Song of the Year, Film Clip of the Year and Community Clip of the Year.

Finalists also include Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, Thelma Plum, Mau Power, Briggs, Electric Fields, Dallas Woods and Kee'ahn.

Jessica Mauboy's 'Hilda', which topped the ARIA Albums chart, is up for NIMA's Album of the Year. She has also been nominated for Album of the Year.

Thelma Plum is also nominated for Artist of the Year, after becoming a finalist in the prestigious Australian Music Prize for her song 'Better in Blak'. She's also up for NIMA's Song of the Year for 'Homecoming Queen'.

While Unlce Archie Roach released his autobiography and album 'Tell Me Why', which has been nominated for Album of the year.

The NIMA's normally takes place in front of a crowd of 5000 people in Darwin's amphitheatre, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year's event will be broadcast virtually.

The broadcast, produced in partnership with NITV, will be hosted on August 8 on NITV, National Indigenous Radio Service broadcasters, Double J Radio, and on social media. 

The night will be hosted by actors and comedians Elaine Crombie and Steven Oliver.

Creative Director Ben Graetz said streaming the NIMA's virtually from Larrakia country presents new opportunities to highlight First Nations talent in Australia.

"What makes this year so exciting is that we are able to involve and showcase many more of our First Nation artists and musicians through  the virtual platform," he said.

"Also to be able to connect regionally and remotely is extremely exciting."

Music NT received $50,000 to hold the NIMAs ceremony online this year from the Indigenous Contemporary Music Program, announced last week.