NTMA Song Finalists Announced!

MusicNT have today announced the music genre finalists of the rebranded Northern Territory Music Awards, known previously as the NT Song of the Year Awards.

Returning for the first time since 2018, this year’s announcement sees a number of categories expand beyond the usual four finalists due to incredibly close scoring, speaking volumes to the strength of the Territory’s music industry.

“The NT continues to create amazing music from all corners of the region and these finalists represent some of the countries most exciting artists,” said MusicNT Executive Director Mark Smith.

“We can’t wait to celebrate NT music and events at the NT Music Awards so grab your tickets and join us there.”

This year’s Northern Territory Music Awards finalists are, by genre and in no particular order:

Phoebe Wear (Phoebe Olivia) – Waiting For You
Stevie Jean Kyriacou (Stevie Jean) – The Dark
Phoebe Wear, Bevis Masson Leach, Caiti Baker, James Mangohig (Phoebe Olivia) – Crazy
Jacob Nichaloff (J-MILLA) – Unlock The System

Ernest Numumurdiri, Bradley Bara, Don Nunggarrgalu, Joseph Numamurdiri (Mambali) – Legend of the Devil Dance
Joshua Tarca (Ben Evolent) – White Lillies
Stevie Jean Kyriacou (Stevie Jean) – Menace
Jeremy Uyloan (Danger Den) – Drag Me Down

Phoebe Wear, Bevis Masson Leach, Caiti Baker, James Mangohig (Phoebe Olivia) – Crazy
Manuel Dhurrkay (Manuel Dhurrkay) – Nawumul (Canoe) 
James Mangohig, Caiti Baker, Serina Pech (Kuya James) – Rewind Our Love ft Caiti Baker & Serina Pech  
Jacob Nichaloff (J-MILLA) – thang4me
Juran Adams, Andrew Grimes (Juran) – Wish U Well

Hip Hop/Rap
James Mangohig, Tasman Keith & Don Nunggarrl (Kuya James) – No Country ft Tasman Keith & Don Nunggarrlu
Jacob Nichaloff (J-MILLA) – Unlock The System
Levi Nichaloff (YUNG MILLA) – Better Days
Esau Marshall, Fega Michaels, Dwayne Abbott (PAW Band) – Baby Buddha ft Eju, Fega Michaels and Dwayne Abbott   
Ferdinand Flordeliza, Tom Burchett, Sean Collins, Jake Martin, Brandon Peckham and Ayyoob Meeragani (Making Something Outta Nothing) – Leap of Faith

Finn Williams, Alex James, Kurt Bartlett (Double Dinghy) – Protestant  
Dave Hellrazor, Mal Machine (Hell Machine) – Hammer Of Hate 
Dave Hellrazor, Mal Machine (Hell Machine) – Devils Spawn
Darren Schmitt (Temperamental) – Fox and the Hound

Grant Ngulmiya Nundhirribala, Anthony Gray (Ngulmiya) – Water Ceremony
Crystal Robins (Crystal Robins) – So High 
Serina Pech, Katy Steel (Serina Pech) – Take a Look Around
David Garnham (David Garnham & The Reasons To Live) – Miss the Pain
Colin Lillie, Robin Jones (Colin Lillie) – Human Kind Life
Colin Lillie (Colin Lillie) – Petrichor

James Mangohig, Serina Pech (Kuya James) – Trust ft Emily Wurramara
David Crowe (Resin Moon) – Nothing to See
David Crowe (Resin Moon) – Bullet
Xavia Nou (XAVIA) – Resting Heartbeat

Colin Lillie (Colin Lillie) – The War 
David Garnham (David Garnham & The Reasons To Live) – Miss the Pain
Clifford Brown (Clifford Brown) – Our Music
Jon Davis (Jon Davis & The Kenny Rogers Band) – My Ex-Best Friend

Blues and Roots
Grant Ngulmiya Nundhirribala, Anthony Gray (Yilila) – Gabalandhurra
Caiti Baker, James Mangohig (Caiti Baker) – No More
Caiti Baker, James Mangohig (Caiti Baker) – Worth It
David Garnham (David Garnham & The Reasons To Live) – Up & Down

The 2022 NTMA ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 28 June at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens and will not only announce the winners of the above award categories, but also the All Good Project Music Venue of the Year, Hot Shots Photograph of the Year (Gig and Portrait), Regional Festival of the Year, Metro Festival of the Year, Tech of the Year and Hall of Fame.

Tickets are now on sale for the award ceremony, which will feature live performances from NTMA finalists Making Something Outta Nothing and XAVIA, as well at Tanzanian-born, Alice Springs-based artist Katanga Junior and Top End heavy act We Burn Bridges.

The ceremony, to be hosted by local comedian Amy Hetherington, is one of three key events comprising the first ever NT Music Week.