Carla Geneve, Spacey Jane and Tame Impala are poised to add to their heaving trophy cabinets thanks to the 2020 WAMAwards.
For the third year in a row, Albany-raised blues-rocker Geneve leads the nominations for the annual celebration of WA talent, which were unveiled today.
She has a six nods, including best rock act, most popular act, best guitarist and most popular live act, plus best single for The Right Reasons — a track on her debut album, Learn to Like It, which is released on April 23.
Meanwhile Spacey Jane lead a six-pack of WA acts boasting five nomination each. The others are Grace Barbe, Grievous Bodily Calm, Noah Dillon, Supathick, and Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks.
Following their impressive second place in the Triple J Hottest 100 with break-up ballad Booster Seat, the Spaceys are up for best album (for Sunlight), pop act and single in the industry-voted categories.
First Nations hip-hop MC and soul vocalist MissGenius — a Maduwongga and Noongar woman, who grew up in Broome, Perth and Kalgoorlie — has four nods, including best indigenous and regional act.
Tame Impala’s latest long-player The Slow Rush is nominated for best album alongside top local releases from San Cisco, Great Gable, New Nausea, Birds of Tokyo and Spacey Jane — arguably the strongest field for the most prestigious WAMAward in the ceremony’s history.
Kevin Parker’s world renowned psych-pop project are perhaps out of place in the best rock act category, where they’re up against guitar-wielding outfits Verge Collection, the Southern River Band, Sly Withers and Geneve.
Perhaps Tame Impala should be competing with San Cisco, Alter Boy, Your Girl Pho, Ghost Care, Spacey Jane and Stella Donnelly for the best pop act crown.
Relative newcomer Siobhan Cotchen stars in both the best blues/roots and country act categories, and another Perth-spawned global superstar in Troye Sivan is nominated for best EP for In a Dream.
The big industry gong, the Golden WAMi 2020 is a five-way tussle between behind-the-scenes stalwarts Tenille Elkins, Hayley Ayres, Mark Neal, Will Backler and accountant-to-the-stars Kylie Thompson.
There are 20 industry-voted categories spanning genres such as folk, hip-hop, electronica and metal, plus an award for label of the year.
Ten craft categories specifically honour singers, instrumentalists, producers, engineers and video, plus a new categories for best live/streaming sound engineers.
And there are five awards that the public will decide before voting closes on March 3.
The winners will be announced live at His Majesty’s Theatre on March 23.
The WAMAwards ceremony was initially planned for November last year.