Nominees

Well here they are – your finalists for the FBi Sydney Music Arts & Culture Awards! Majestic aren’t they? With 8 categories open for voting, we want to know who of the nominees you think changed the game this past year.

Click on a category to see the nominees!

BEST ARTIST

Art at its best challenges the accepted shape of things. It transforms materials, spaces and bodies in order, ultimately, to transform consciousness. While this year’s nominees run the gamut of artistic practice, their work is marbled through with themes of cultural equilibrium and reforming and reframing what we think of as the Australian experience.

BEST ARTS PROGRAM

Curating projects in a way that preserves individual artistic vision but also adds power to its message by rendering it part of a whole, takes creativity and a deft touch. Each of these nominees’ curatorial efforts have challenged, immersed and delighted us this past year, yielding programs that became greater than the sum of their parts.

BEST EATS

What makes a great meal in your opinion? Is it a confronting mouthfeel? Provocative plating? All you can eat bacon bits? In 2021, whether you were in the market for some left-field innovation or trad transcendence, these five taste-makers had you well and truly covered. Which nominee left the best taste in your mouth?

BEST LIVE ACT

The way we enjoy live music has changed a lot since COVID, but being able to create a live show with the power to move people remains rooted in the craft. These six nominees understand and embody this. Which one moved you most in 2021?   

BEST VIDEO

In a time where digital reigns supreme, these six artists pulled out all the stops to capture your YouTube scroll attention. Striking visuals, high concepts and scathing social commentary was the name of the game as music videos made a comeback in a big way. Which one caught your eye?

NEXT BIG THING

Getting in on the ground floor has always been our jam. These six Sydney up ’n’ comers are right on the cusp and we’re crowd-sourcing our crystal ball work, asking you to help us predict who’ll be hitting the big time next. Let us know which of these “only a matter of time” type of acts is the “only a matter of time”-est of them all.

SONG OF THE YEAR

When they came over the airwaves, which of these six bona fide bangers had you feverishly disrobe, jump out of your moving Uber and roll onto the nature strip yelling “TUUUUUNE”? All of them? Well you can only vote for one so maybe just choose the song that made you roll the furthest yeah?

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Despite the digital age’s persistent threats to its primacy, the album (and its relatives) is still the pre-eminent format – allowing artists the freedom to indulge their creativity in greater depth, and to make more complex and substantial statements. In 2021 these Sydney acts delivered cohesive collections that kept us locked in from start to finish. Which was your record of the year?

SMAC OF THE YEAR

The SMAC of the Year Award will also be presented to an individual or collective who has made an exceptional contribution to Sydney’s cultural fabric, joining past recipients including Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts, Heidi Lenffer, Jess Scully, and Sally Rugg.