• Yuin rapper Nooky host of Triple J's Blak Out program will present this year's NIMA Awards in a special live radio format. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
This year's National Indigenous Music Awards will be a radio event through a special partnership with Triple J, Double J and Triple J Unearthed.
Emily Nicol

15 Oct 2021 - 5:01 PM  UPDATED 15 Oct 2021 - 5:01 PM

Yuin rapper Nooky Webster has been announced as the host for the popular NIMA show for 2021 as COVID restrictions rule out the traditional live concert for the second straight year.

The 2020 event was a virtual offering that saw an audience of over 200,000 viewers across NITV, Facebook, YouTube and Double J.

This year, the two-hour NIMA radio special will feature exclusive live performances, yarns with artists, and of course announcing the award winners. 

NIMA's creative director, Iwaidja and Malak Malak man Ben Graetz said in a statement that it was a tough decision to pull the live show but is pumped for the changeup.

"I am extremely excited to be working with Nooky and all the team at triple j, celebrating musical Blak Excellence through the radio!" he said.

Sharing the lead on total nominations this year is The Kid Laroi, whose single 'Stay' with Justin Bieber has been sitting at number 1 in the US Billboard Chart for seven weeks, Baker Boy, ahead of his debut album release and Sycco.

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The 14 track album features some of the country's best musicians.

First-time nominees include Budjerah, J-MILLA, King Stingray, JK-47 and Chasing Ghosts.

"NIMA, NIMA, NIMA, pumpkin eater! I'm pumped to be hosting the NIMAs and celebrating the mob. It's been a big year for Blak music, and it's mad we get to celebrate it here on Blak Out. It's the two hours of power special, and I'm G'd up. Let's go!" said Nooky, in a statement.

The National Indigenous Music Awards will be broadcast on triple jDouble J and triple j Unearthed from 5-7 pm AEDT on Sunday 14 November. 



Artist of the Year 
Baker Boy
Jessica Mauboy


Album of the Year 
Tia Gostelow - Chrysalis
The Kid LAROI - F*ck Love
Leah Flanagan - Colour by Number
JK-47 - Made For This
Benny Walker - Chosen Line


Song of the Year 
Baker Boy, Dallas Woods, Sampa The Great - Better Days
Birdz - Bagi-la-m Bargan
Miiesha - Damaged
The Kid LAROI - Without You
Sycco - Dribble


New Talent of the Year 
Beddy Rays
King Stingray
Chasing Ghosts 


Film Clip of the Year 
Budjerah - Higher
Baker Boy - Ride ft. Yirrmal
Troy Cassar-Daley - Back On Country
Sycco - My Ways
Tia Gostelow - Two Lovers


Community Clip of the Year
Kakadu Collective and Victor Rostron - Mayali
Dunghutti community in South West Rocks - Fig Tree Mob - 'Barrunba (Dreaming)'
Gunbalanya School - Stories of the Land 
Gunbalanya School - Talk About Emotions
Students of Peppimenarti School - Stand Strong


Indigenous Language Award of the Year
Guwanbal Gurruwiwi and Netanela Mizrahi - The Djari Project
Shellie Morris and Jason Durrurrnga  - Dharuk Gurtha
Garrangali Band - Tongues of the Fire
Stuart Joel Nuggett - I Am That Man/Ngaaya-Baaya
Stuart Joel Nuggett - Monsoon/Kuyubulu