Sydney's Hermitude win $30,000 Australian Music Prize for HyperParadise
Coopers AMP have announced Hermitude as the winner of The 8th Australian Music Prize, and recipient of $30,000 courtesy of principal partner PPCA, for their fourth studio album HyperParadise.
The announcement was made at Amped Up In Conversation, where some of the industry’s finest watched on as Hermitude emerged from a list of nine shortlisted artists, not to mention afield of more than 300 artist albums of 2012, to claim the prestigious prize.
The win caps off an impressive year for Hermitude, which has seen them take out an AIR award, two SMAC awards, an ARIA nomination and a triple j JAward nomination.
Their Villain Tour last month saw repeat sellouts across the nation, with demand in Sydney and Melbourne necessitating three shows in each city.
Featuring the heavily-spun and nationally-adored single Speak of the Devil, HyperParadise leaves a slew of praise in its wake.
The Coopers Amp title further solidifies the integrity of the Blue Mountains duo and proves this is one album that goes far beyond the hype.
Speaking at Amped Up In Conversation, international guest Daniel Glass (president and founder of Glassnote EntertainmentGroup) commended the quality of this year’s winner and shortlisted artists: Flume (Flume), Tame Impala (Lonerism), The Presets (Pacifica), Grand Salvo (Slay Me In My Sleep), Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors (My Little River), Liz Stringer (Warm In The Darkness), Daily Meds (Happy Daze) and Urthboy (Smokey’s Haunt).
Founder and Prize Director Scott Murphy said he congratulated Hermitude on taking out The 8th Australian Music Prize.
“This prize celebrates great Australian music and in particular originality – Hermitude is certainly original, distinctive and very deserving of The Coopers AMP,” Scott says.
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