Another week, another round of music awards
Just as the dust settled from last week’s ARIA awards we have been presented with the Triple J Awards. Part of the radio station’s celebration of Australian music over the month of November the awards recognise the best album, best film-clip and best unearthed artist for 2011.
Taking out best album of the year was solo artist Gotye. Tipped to clean-up at last week’s ARIA awards, the band Boy and Bear stopped that from happening by soaring in for five gongs. But any fears Gotye’s trophy cabinet would be empty were allayed when he took out this award to even the balance.
Best film-clip was won by urban hip-hop group Hermitude with their multitude of street and break dancers hitting a pretty nifty choreographed piece in Speak Of The Devil.
Ball Park Music from Queensland took out the coveted Unearthed Artist of the year which gives a nod to the newest peeps on the Australian music scene. After being discovered at the start of the year they scored a spot on the 2011 Big Day Out. With this award, it must cap off an exciting year for the young band. Previous winners of the Unearthed award include Boy and Bear and The Middle East so it’s obviously a very good indication of the upcoming musical talent in the country.
DJs signing off
While we’re on the topic of Triple J it has been announced two of the station’s longest serving presenters will be departing the airwaves in the next month. Rosie Beaton, host of the weekly Super-request show will be calling it a day after 10 years of taking callers song requests while host of the heavy metal show The Racket Andrew Haug is also departing after a decade with the station.
Both have enjoyed very popular followings with their shows and will no doubt be hard to replace. Former colleague Andrew Dooley joked that Rosie was stepping down “after a decade of talking to stoned dudes asking for Tool”. The question now is who will step up to talk to these dudes?
Advertisers fleeing Kyle and Jackie O
High paying advertisers like Holden and Vodafone have withdrawn their multi-million advertising spots from the Kyle and Jackie O radio shows after Kyle Sandilands aggressive rant at a reporter who dared criticise a new TV show starring the pair.
Kyle’s response to the poor review was to call the female reporter a ‘fat slag’ and furthermore he would ‘hunt her down’. Not the most grown-up response for a so called professional who you would think is used to the occasional criticism considering he seems to be devoid of any talent apart from being supremely obnoxious.
Oh dear, we are in big trouble if he’s reading this.