Sampa The Great, Julia Jacklin nominated for Australian Music Prize

Albums of Sampa the Great, Julia Jacklin, King Stingray and Tasman Keith are among the finalists for the 18th annual Australian Music Prize, details of which were announced this week.


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Also in the hunt are long plays by 1300, Body Type, Camp Cope, Laura Jean and Party Dozen.

The ultimate winner will be revealed on March 1 in Sydney, where the champion will be presented with a prize of A$30,000 ($21,000) thanks to major sponsor Soundmerch.

Sales and chart positions have no effect on the result. It is the artistic character of the entrance that counts.

“Once again, we have a very strong list,” comments AMP Founder and Awards Director Scott B. Murphy. “It’s incredibly diverse and truly captures another year of the world’s best music. I sincerely thank the Soundmerch AMP team of judges – their donation of time and passion is much greater than most would think.”

Sampa The Great has form with AMP.

The Zambian-born, Botswana-raised, Melbourne-based hip-hop artist won the prestigious award in 2017 for the mixtape Birds and BEE9and again in 2020 with The return, to become the first and only artist to win the prestigious award twice. Sampa had another world news in 2020 when she was named the first ever BET Amplified global artist.

The AMP is based on the UK’s Mercury Music Prize and Canada’s Polaris Prize, whose aim is to identify and reward the outstanding creative Australian album of the past year.

The nine shortlisted recordings are drawn from a longlist of 490 eligible Australian albums released in 2022, all of which were individually reviewed by a panel of music experts.

This year, the domestic subsidiaries of EMI, Virgin and Island are joining to sponsor the shortlist, each contributing A$3,000 ($2,100) to a funding pool that shortlisted artists can draw on to ensure they can attend the winner announcement event.

Genesis Owusu’s acclaimed collection Smiling without teeth won the award last time, beating recordings by Nick Cave, Hiatus Kaiyote and others.

The shortlist of the 18th Soundmerch AMP:
1300 – Foreign language
body type – Everything is dangerous, but nothing is surprising
Camp Cope – Run with the hurricane
Julia Jacklin – Pleasure
King Stingray – King Stingray
Laura Jean – Amateurs
party dozen – The real work
Sampa the Great – As above, so below
Tasman Keith – A color regretted

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