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| 23 May 2018 | Reply



As WAM’s Song of the Year Awards 2017-18 draws to a close, we’re excited to reveal singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly claimed the coveted Grand Prize with her song Boys Will Be Boys. For Fremantle’s indie-pop golden girl, the win tops off a massive breakthrough year that saw her pick-up Levi’s Music Prize for most outstanding talent at Bigsound Music Conference, named Triple J’s Unearthed Artist of the Year, earn a whopping 5 WAM Award wins, showcase at WAMFest, and heaps more!

Stella’s award-winning song – which sheds light on how society often shifts the blame of sexual assault from men to women – helped fuel conversations in the year of the #metoo movement and has already been recognised by Rolling Stone magazine, where it was rated fourth-best song of the year, and by APRA, where it was shortlisted for Song of the Year.

While Stella wasn’t in Perth to collect her #WAMSOTY award, she did send her regards; appearing in a cute thank-you video alongside two rather fluffy canine companions, saying “Thank you so so much for my award for Song of the Year… I just want to thank the venues that have always given me shows, the people that book the shows, the amazing staff, and all of the other amazing musicians in Perth and WA. I’m so so lucky to be in such a supportive scene and I can’t wait to see what it looks like next year. Thank you so much.”

The full list of #WAMSOTY winners is a true testament to the rich songwriting talent West Australian music has to offer and includes the likes of John Bennett, who took home 2 awards, Farraday’s Cage, Figurehead, Feels, The Little Lord Street Band, Coin Banks, Helen Shanahan, Intenso, Akolkol Dastan Gesa, Harry Mitchell, Carus Thompson, The Bob Gordons, Bolt Gun, and J.F.K.

Debuting at the iconic Fly By Night Musicians Club in Fremantle, this year’s biggest celebration of homegrown tunes saw over $45,000 in prizes distributed throughout the evening. MC Odette Mercy kept the show rolling all night, with sets from DJ Chicken Wing, award-nominated act The Justin Walshe Folk Machine, and award-winning acts Feels and J.F.K impressing the hundreds that came out to support WA talent.

WAM CEO Mike Harris said, “WAM’s Song of the Year is an important opportunity for artists to showcase their songwriting skills and have their music considered by experienced industry professionals. As ever we are astounded by the quality and breadth of entries, across all genres. Grand Prize winner Stella Donnelly is a WA artist on the move; one with an international profile already. Congratulations to Stella and all the other winners, finalists and all the entrants for talking the time to create the music that makes our local scene so vibrant.”


BLUES/ROOTS Sponsored by Nannup Festival I Studio sponsor Artisan Music
WINNER Lies Carus Thompson
OTHER NOMS The Fire Inside Farraday’s Cage, Ghost Kat Wilson Trio, Hometown Blues Minky G and Rosco, Ask For It Tracey Barnett

COUNTRY Sponsored by Country Music Club of Boyup Brook I Studio sponsor Underground Studios
WINNER Maybe I’m Just In Love The Little Lord Street Band
OTHER NOMS What Am I Fighting For Jasmine Atkins, Country Is Calling John Bennett, Wanted Man Kim Wainwright, The Great Escape The Justin Walshe Folk Machine

ELECTRONIC Sponsored by RTRFM I Studio sponsor Fremantle Recording Studios
WINNER Prior Engagement Feels
OTHER NOMS Juxtapose Corbelle, Bitter Lake Doublethink Prism, Formlessness Mayhills, Calling Ukiyo

EXPERIMENTAL Sponsored by RØDE Microphones I Studio sponsor Sumo Sound Studios
WINNER The One Intenso
OTHER NOMS Man is Wolf to Man Part 1 Bolt Gun, Unveiled feeding | ear, Bering (Foreboding) samarobryn, No Tether Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

FOLK Sponsored by Clancy’s Fremantle I Studio sponsor Blondel Recording Studios
WINNER I Only Hide Helen Shanahan
OTHER NOMS Friends I Want to Tell You (On My Mind) Bill Lawrie, Red Rocks Carla Geneve, Trains And Submarines Carus Thompson, Misplaced Riley Pearce

HEAVY/METAL Sponsored by Diskbank I Studio sponsor Templeman Audio
WINNER Man is Wolf to Man Part 2 Bolt Gun
OTHER NOMS Uncharted Make Them Suffer, Quantum Umbrella Nucleust, Stuck Odditry, The Alarmist Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Red Light Ultra Sound

JAZZ Sponsored by Audiofly I Studio sponsor Crank Recording
WINNER Don’t Stop Here Harry Mitchell
OTHER NOMS Manzer Fesse 457 World Jazz, Onward and Upward Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group, Catalyst Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble, Tony Umbridge

OUTSTANDING INDIGENOUS Sponsored by Freo Social Hall I Studio sponsor Poons Head Studios
WINNER Country Is Calling John Bennett
OTHER NOMS Culture Child JoKeria, Little Country Town Lullabies and Legacies, Wangkatjungka Woman Rocky Ridge Band, Same Script Ziggy Ramo

OUTSTANDING REGIONAL Sponsored by APRA AMCOS I Studio sponsor Blackbird Sound Studios
WINNER Country Is Calling John Bennett
OTHER NOMS Red Rocks Carla Geneve, The Mountain Harry Jakamarra, Three Stories to the Truth Short & Curly, Here and Now Tanya Ransom

POP Sponsored by Cool Perth Nights|Mojos Bar I Studio sponsor Tone City Recording Studio
WINNER Boys Will Be Boys Stella Donnelly
OTHER NOMS Love Decline Abbe May, Forgive Us (feat. The WAAPA Gospel Choir) Coin Banks, A Boy And A Boy J.F.K, Misplaced Riley Pearce

PUNK/HARDCORE Sponsored by Rhubarb Records | XVinylX I Studio sponsor Vision Studios
WINNER Magic Glove The Bob Gordons
OTHER NOMS Back To The Grey Hope Street, Make It Right Incomplete, Witch Los Solos, Stupefied The Bible Bashers

ROCK Sponsored by Badlands Bar I Studio sponsor Soundbaker
WINNER A Boy And A Boy J.F.K
OTHER NOMS Truthless BATS, Ashes Camarano, Critical The Tommyhawks, Coping Treehouses

SCHOOLS 14 & UNDER Sponsored by City of Fremantle I Studio sponsor Sonic Lolly
WINNER The Fire Inside Farraday’s Cage
OTHER NOMS Walls Darcey Morton, New Slate Lily Kate and Amelia Grace, Sometimes Luna Rozza, I Rise Sienna Eddy

SCHOOLS 15 – 17 Sponsored by Headphonic I Studio sponsor Pavement Studios
WINNER Ear To Lend Figurehead
OTHER NOMS Hannah Dexter Wright, Timeghost hachi, The Stockman’s Grandson Lachy John, Now I’m Here MALi JO$E

URBAN/HIP HOP Sponsored by Sorrento Strategic Music I Studio sponsor Shake Down Studio
WINNER Be Real (feat. Danny Martin) Coin Banks
OTHER NOMS It’s Usually Sunny in Perth Bluntfield, Navigator Dead Tooth, Money For Portraits POW! Negro, Same Script Ziggy Ramo

WORLD Sponsored by Perfect Pitch Publishing I Studio sponsor Shanghai Twang Studios
WINNER Same Drum Akolkol Dastan Gesa
OTHER NOMS Blah Brassika, FANM Grace Barbé, Binar Phil WalleyStack, Clarity Rastatrix

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