THE 22nd annual Dolphin Awards rocked out Lismore's Star Court Theatre, last night, with artists like The Mid North and Parissa Bouas walking away with top gongs.
The biggest night in the local music and entertainment industry certainly lived up to expectations as the most coveted event from the North Coast Entertainment Industry Association.
The two big gongs were taken out by Byron Bay singer-songwriter Parissa Bouas for Song of the Year with her tune Sad Eyes, and Bellingen bluegrass/Americana band The Mid North for Album of the Year with their record You Were Right About the Stars. The Mid North also took out the Country gong, and Parissa Bouas, the Jazz category.
Northern Star part-time journo, full-time roots and rock musician Paul Appelkamp received a gong for Production and Engineering, while 15-year-old Richmond River High School student Serinna McGrath won the Youth category.
It was also a great night for Andrea Soler, who won the top awards in both Female Vocal and Adult Contemporary Singer Songwriter.
North Coast Entertainment Industry Association president Gary Pinkerton said he was delighted that local radio stations had begun playing the music of some of the finalists in the lead-up to the Dolphins.
Album of the Year: The Mid North for You Were Right About The Stars
Song of the Year: Parissa Bouas for Sad Eyes
Male Vocal: Ashley Bell for Piano Accordion
Female Vocal: Andrea Soler for Daydreamer
Production/Engineering: Paul Appelkamp for My Friend
New Emerging Talent: Clocks and Dice for Take Me Higher
Youth: Serinna McGrath for Young and Foolish
Garage Indie: Broadfoot for She Bites Me
Music for Children: Jessica Hannagan for Off To The Beach We Go
Adult Contemporary and Acoustic Singer Songwriter: Andrea Soler for Daydreamer
World/Reggae: Grant Lawless for Embaixu De Belo Ceu
Folk/Protest: Round Mountain Girls for Mos Vos
Blues: Elizabeth Lord for Zontis Blues
Country: The Mid North for Rosewood
Devotional: Georgina Pollard for Soaring
Jazz: Parissa Bouas for Sad Eyes
Pop: Brian Wappett Band for Climb Aboard
Rock/Metal/Alternative: Wild Jester for Womans Love
Funk/R&B/Hip Hop: Mr Speaker for We Party
Electronic Music: Peter Westheimer for Peace Dance
Music Video: Melania J Stevens for "Melbourne Town"
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