It’s an excellent night to be an Australian artist with four well-deserving acts celebrated at triple j’s 2017 annual J Awards.

After taking out the coveted Age Music Victoria Award for Best Album last night, A.B. Original and their critically acclaimed LP Reclaim Australia took out the top Australian Album of the Year trophy tonight at Sydney’s Giant Dwarf.

triple j Music Director, Nick Findlay, says of the album: “Every year we are lucky enough to experience a swathe of incredible Australian records, but the last 12 months in particular has seen some of the finest local releases in years. Despite this, it’s hard to look past the raw, confronting and empowering energy that Briggs and Trials have mastered on Reclaim Australia; it’s impact has been long-standing, incredibly significant and long overdue.”

Stella Donnelly was named triple j’s 2017 Unearthed Artist of the Year tonight, just months after earning international praise from Pitchfork and The New York Times, and taking out the inaugural Levi’s Music Prize at BIGSOUND this year.

Following the release of her most commercially successful record yet in August Jen Cloher took out the J Award for Double J Artist of the Year. The singer-songwriter, mentor, business owner, and co-operator of Milk! Records with Courtney Barnett, Jen’s body of wok is a love letter to the industry, which adores her.

Client Liaison’s clip for ‘A Foreign Affair’ took out the final J Award tonight, with Monte, Harvey and Director Tim White awarded Australian Music Video of the Year.

Watch the clip for ‘A Foreign Affair’ ft. Tina Arena above

2017 J AWARD WINNERS

triple j Australian Album of the Year

WINNER:
A.B. Original, Reclaim Australia
NOMINEES:
Alex Lahey, I Love You Like A Brother
Ali Barter, A Suitable Girl
Gang of Youths, Go Farther In Lightness
Gordi, Reservoir
Meg Mac, Low Blows
Methyl Ethel, Everything Is Forgotten
The Smith Street Band, More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me Thundamentals, Everyone We Know
Vera Blue, Perennial

Double J Artist of the Year

WINNER:
Jen Cloher NOMINEES:
Dan Sultan
Kardajala Kirridarra
Lance Ferguson
Paul Kelly

Unearthed Artist of the Year

WINNER:
Stella Donnelly NOMINEES:
Alex The Astronaut
Baker Boy
Confidence Man
Ruby Fields

Australian Music Video of the Year nominees, co-presented by Rage

WINNER:
Client Liaison ‘A Foreign Affair {Ft. Tina Arena}’
NOMINEES:
A.B. Original ‘Report To The Mist’
Kirin J Callinan ‘Big Enough {Ft. Alex Cameron, Molly Lewis & Jimmy Barnes}’ Methyl Ethel ‘Ubu’
Jack River ‘Fool’s Gold’