X Factor winner Samantha Jade is among more than a dozen Australian female artists including Kylie Minogue and Missy Higgins nominated for this year’s World Music Awards in Monaco.
The World Music Awards (WMA) next month have been presented since 1989 and recognise the best-selling recording artists from every continent based on sales.
The WMA also presents nine categories voted for by the public.
The awards are world’s best male and female artist, best group, best entertainer, best live act and best song, best album and best video.
Jade’s top 10 single Firestarter, which is No.4 in Russia and the Ukraine, has been nominated for world’s best song and world’s best video.
She is also nominated for world’s best female artist, world’s best live act and world’s best entertainer.
Other Australian singers in the best female artist category include Tina Arena and Iggy Azalea. Kiwi sensation Lorde is also in contention.
Jade said it was a thrill to be recognised in the same category as Minogue who she played in the recent mini-series INXS: Never Tear Us Apart.
“Being recognised is amazing…I’m going to have to get my fans to vote,” she told AAP.
Jade is just finishing off her latest album, which she hopes to release in June, and a tour is planned for later this year.
Jade said playing Minogue was a dream come true but she had no plans to fervently chase any more roles.
“Everything was just right,” she said.
“To play Kylie was a dream and INXS is such an iconic Australian band that it just seemed the right part.”
Besides recording music, Jade is an ambassador for a program in which people who spend four hours as a volunteer can be rewarded with rock concert vouchers.
There have already been gigs staged under the Optus RockCorps program and the next one for volunteers is being headlined by New York indie rock band American Authors.
By Darren Cartwright, National Entertainment Writer (AAP)