Sampa The Great, Amyl and the Sniffers clean up at Music Victoria Awards

The event featured performances from Alice Skye, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and more

Music Victoria recognised the distinguished achievements of the state’s musicians at its annual awards ceremony last night (December 9).

The 16th annual Music Victoria Awards took place at the Melbourne Recital Centre and consisted of public-voted and industry-voted categories.

Sampa The Great took home four awards, the most of any artist. Amyl and the Sniffers weren’t far behind, adding three prizes to their trophy case. View the full list of winners below.


Last night’s ceremony followed on from Music Victoria’s Industry Awards, which took place in October. The Industry Awards primarily celebrated distinguished players in the state’s live music scene.

Hosted by Triple R’s Chris Gill and Lyndelle Wilkinson of PBS, last night’s event featured performances from a handful of Victorian-based artists. Alice Skye, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Elizabeth and Simona Castricum all took to the stage throughout the evening. Click here to watch the ceremony in full.

In addition, Paul Kelly inducted the late Chris Wilson into Music Victoria’s Hall of Fame at the awards ceremony. Music industry figure Mary Mihelakos was also welcomed into the Hall of Fame.

The 2020 Music Victoria Award Winners are:

Best Album
Sampa The Great – The Return

Best Band (Prize $2000 voucher from Yamaha)
Amyl and the Sniffers


Best Song (Prize $3000 cash from APRA AMCOS)
Sampa The Great – OMG

Best Solo Artist (Prize $1000 voucher from Yamaha)
Sampa The Great

Best Musician (Prize $1000 voucher from Yamaha)
Amy Taylor (Amyl and the Sniffers)

Best Breakthrough Act (Prize $1000 in merch from Sound Merch + Bakehouse Rehearsal Package)
Pinch Points

Best Live Act
Amyl and the Sniffers

Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act (Prize $3000 cash from Bendigo Bank)
The Teskey Brothers (Warrandyte)

Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent
(Prize $2000 cash from Archie Roach Foundation + Bakehouse Rehearsal Package)

Best Blues Album
Lloyd Spiegel – ‘Cut and Run’

Best Country Album
Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – ‘You Be The Lightning’

Best Electronic Act
Sleep D

Best Experimental or Avant-garde Act
Robin Fox

Best Folk Album
Fiona Ross & Shane O’Mara – ‘Sunwise Turn’

Best Heavy Album
Diploid – ‘Glorify’

Best Hip Hop Act

Best Intercultural Act
Black Jesus Experience

Best Jazz Album
Vanessa Perica Orchestra – ‘Love is a Temporary Madness’

Best Reggae and Dancehall Act
Dub FX

Best Rock/Punk Album
Cable Ties – ‘Far Enough’

Best Soul, Funk, Gospel or RnB Album
Sampa The Great – ‘The Return’