Triple j’s J Awards winners

triple j stretched out its J Awards across the whole day until 4pm, with announcements in every program.

The first to be announced this morning was Album of the Year.

Album of the Year winner: Genesis Owusu

Genesis Owusu is the winner for his 2021 record Smiling With No Teeth, revealed on the breakfast show by Bryce & Ebony.

Genesis was discovered in 2015 while still at school by triple j’s Unearthed High.

triple j Music Director Nick Findlay calls the album parts chaos and consistency.

“From early in his career, Genesis Owusu made it obvious that he was an artist that you could not pigeonhole, and no better example of this is on ‘Smiling With No Teeth’.

“His debut album is equal parts chaos and consistency; a hugely ambitious record that absolutely nails its vision, wrapped up in outstanding storytelling and bold, confident sonic landscapes. Congratulations to Genesis Owusu and his record ‘Smiling With No Teeth’ for taking out this year’s J Award for Australian Album of the Year!” 

Unearthed Artist of the Year: King Stingray

Darwin Indie band, King Stingray have taken out the spot for triple j’s Unearthed Artist of the Year.

The band call their sound “Yolŋu surf rock” and sing in both English and Yolŋu Matha which is an indigenous language originating in the North-East of Arnhem Land.

The band came onto the scene with their debut single ‘Hey Wanhaka’ in 2020 and solidified their place with ‘Milkumana’ and ‘Get Me Out,’ in 2021.

Double J Australian Artist of the Year: The Avalanches

Double J Australian Artist of the Year was awarded to The Avalanches, after their 2020 release of We Will Always Love you, which Double J describes as “a masterpiece.”

“This is a big honour for us,” the band’s Tony Di Blasi said in accepting the award.

“To the fans, you guys make it all possible for us to still be doing this after all these years. It’s incredible. And it’s all because of you.

“Thank you very much to everyone, and we’ll see you in 2022.”

Done Good Award: Jaguar Jonze

The triple j Done Good Award was created to recognise artists in the music industry doing good for the community.

This years winner was Deena Lynch, professionally known as Jaguar Jonze – Unearthed Artist of the Year nominee and Eurovision: Australia Decides contestant.

Last year the Taiwanese-Australian artist spoke out against racist attacks she received after a positive Covid-19 result, and in May, she publicly addressed sexual harassment she has endured from two producers.

Following the harassment incident she put her artistic production on hold to advocate for survivors of sexual harassment and has become a front-runner in advocating for systematic change.

triple j and rage Australian Music Video of the Year: Genesis Owusu – ‘The Other Black Dog’ (Dir. Riley Blakeway)

Genesis Owusus has made the J Awards his own this year, taking out two major awards with his winning music video for ‘The Other Black Dog.’

Directed by Riley Blakeway, ‘The Other Black Dog’ is from Genesis Owusu’s winning album ‘Smiling with No Teeth’ and highlights the tone of the album and Owusu’s unique style.

Congratulations to all artists who won awards this year.

Find more on all J Award winners at triple j

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