Vote For Your Favourite Aussie Artists Now
Written by The Wolf Australia on 28 August, 2019
Cover Image: Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards
During the Tamworth Country Music Festival, an annual event takes place that recognises Australian artists like few other events. The Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards are an independently run, fan voted awards program that concludes with an awards gala night during TCMF. It’s also one of if not the only awards program to recognise the contribution of radio to the industry.
Typically the awards are often presented to traditional artists as that side of the industry dominates much of the discussion and publicity around the awards however, there is nothing stopping you from voting for any member of the industry.
The awards are open to any artist and radio station/program/announcer that you wish to vote for. You can chose anyone who you wish to recognise.
The upside of the open-ended voting system is any artist big or small can rally their followers to support them and not have to hope and prey they are selected to be a finalist in a multiple choice style voting form. After voting closes, the top voted artists/radio entities are revealed as a finalists with one finalist in each category having the highest tally of votes and thus revealed as the winner at the awards gala night.
The obvious downside is a lack of control/policing. Some past winners have continued to win awards for music released a couple of award years prior. It is a popularity contest not that there’s anything wrong with that. Its great to give fans the power to vote for whomever they wish to recognise.
Past winners have included familiar faces with Troy Kemp, Jade Holland, Dozzi, McAlister Kemp, Christie Lamb, Lee Kernaghan, Jetty Road and Adam Brand all taken home and award or two. Many more have been finalists over the years as well. Whilst traditional country might dominate, New Country has had some reasonable recognition.
Additionally our very own Planet Country with Big Stu & MJ have been finalists an incredible 6 times. Between 2016 and 2018, the show and the hosts were finalists in both radio categories: Favourite Radio Station/Program and Favourite Radio DJ. In 2017, the show took home the award for Favourite Station/Program, beating out commercial radio stations!
Voting for the 2020 awards have opened and this is your chance to help get your favourite Australian artists recognised by voting on the People’s Choice website – link below. With New Country STILL receiving minimal recognition by the powers that be in our local industry *growls in judgmental anger*, we encourage you to help recognise the modern, fresh, crossover (New Country!) artists who deserve praise for their hard work.
We also want to encourage you to support our own by putting Planet Country in the two radio categories. The show had to go on a hiatus back in May when a family member of the hosts had a lengthy stay in hospital and MJ’s appointment to commercial radio out of town. Recognising the show’s amazing efforts over the past 5 years will go a long way in supporting their eventual return to the airwaves here on The Wolf.
FAVOURITE RADIO DJ:
Big Stu & MJ from Planet Country Radio Show
FAVOURITE RADIO STATION OR PROGRAM:
Planet Country on SWR Triple 9 FM
VOTING CLOSES 31st OCTOBER