The 2021 National Indigenous Music Awards have been postponed due to COVID-19

The Darwin event has been pushed back to a later date this year

The 2021 National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) have been postponed, due to the current outbreak of coronavirus and subsequent restrictions.

The 2021 ceremony was set to go ahead at Darwin Ampitheatre on August 7. Per a press release, however, the event has had to be postponed due to the Northern Territory government declaring the entirety of New South Wales a COVID-19 hotspot, as well as the strict restrictions in place for Melbourne and Adelaide.

A new date for the awards ceremony is yet to be announced.


The Kid LAROI, Baker Boy and Sycco are all nominated for three awards each this year, with artists like Miiesha, Birdz, Tia Gostelow and Budjerah also nominated.

In a press statement, NIMAs Creative Director Ben Graetz said that while the postponement was “‘unfortunate,” it was also “the best choice for all our artists and community.”

“Community support and ticket sales have never been higher than this year,” he said, “and it is clear that First Nations artists have never had more to celebrate.”

“We look forward to having the opportunity to honour the incredibly talented artists who have contributed to putting First Nations music on the world stage at a later date in 2021.”

This marks the second consecutive year that NIMAs has had to cancel the in-person ceremony due to the pandemic. Last year, the awards were presented virtually.