• Electric Fields performs at the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) 2019 in Darwin (Supplied: David Hancock)Source: Supplied: David Hancock
The annual awards recognising First Nations musical achievement have been postponed until performers and nominees from interstate can attend.
NITV Staff Writer

28 Jul 2021 - 1:05 PM  UPDATED 28 Jul 2021 - 1:07 PM

The National Indigenous Music Awards have been postponed in light of NSW's continuing struggle to seize control of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The awards were slated for August 7 in Darwin, and while the Northern Territory has successfully suppressed the virus, restrictions on artists and performers from other states would have limited attendance. 

In a statement, the organisation said the festivities would be put on "pause" until later in the year, "to ensure performers and nominees can be together for the annual celebration."

The move follows a series of disappointing postponements and cancellations, such as this year's NAIDOC celebrations and awards ceremony. 

NIMA Creative Director Ben Graetz expressed his disappointment, but insisted the move was a necessary precaution. 

“It is unfortunate yet the best choice for all our artists and community that we move this year’s event to ensure the night celebrates togetherness,” he said in a statement. 

This year's nominees include some of the best rising talent in First Nations music, such as The Kid LAROI, as well as stalwarts of the Indigenous music scene. 

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