Singer-songwriter Archie Roach received a Lifetime Contribution Award for Healing the Stolen Generations at Tuesday night’s Deadly Awards. He also won a Deadly last night at the Sydney Opera House for indigenous album of the year, for Into the Bloodstream.
The Deadlys celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the areas of music, sport, entertainment and community.
The audience at the Sydney Opera House was told that despite his turbulent upbringing as part of the Stolen Generations, Roach won an international Human Rights Achievement Award and numerous music awards.
“His work focused an international spotlight on the Stolen Generations and did much to mobilise Australia into action,” the audience was told.
“Through his music, and as a role model, Archie triumphed against the odds, going on to achieve national and international status as a talented story-teller and musician.
“He tells the stories that motivate a nation, and did so at a time when no-one was listening,”
Roach told the Sydney Morning Herald that new Prime Minister Tony Abbott needs to prove he is serious about indigenous Australia.
“I don’t know what to think about Tony Abbott. He reckons he wants to work with indigenous people but only time will tell if we are able to work with this man and his Government and bring about some real change.”
Northern Territory singer Jessica Mauboy took out the awards for female artist of the year and single release of the year. She is one of three Territory women named at the awards, along with Shari Sebbens, and Miranda Tapsell – who starred in the movie The Sapphires, which won the award for Film of The Year. Yung Warriors won the Deadly for Hip Hop Artist of the Year.
Darwin based singer-songwriter Shellie Morris won a Deadly for Cultural Advancement.
THE 2013 DEADLY AWARDS – THE WINNERS
MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT IN MUSIC -Stik n Move
SINGLE RELEASE OF THE YEAR – Jessica Mauboy, Something’s Got a Hold on Me
ALBUM OF THE YEAR -Archie Roach, Into the Bloodstream
BAND OF THE YEAR – Street Warriors
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR -Troy Cassar-Daley
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR -Jessica Mauboy
HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Yung Warriors
THE JIMMY LITTLE AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC -Steve Dodd
MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT -Mariah Williams
AFL PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Adam Goodes
NRL PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Johnathan Thurston
FEMALE SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR -Ashleigh Barty
MALE SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR – Daniel Geale
DANCER OF THE YEAR – Ella Havelka
VISUAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Brenda Croft
MALE ACTOR OF THE YEAR -Luke Carroll (Redfern Now)
FEMALE ACTOR OF THE YEAR -Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires)
FILM OF THE YEAR – The Sapphires
TELEVISION SHOW OF THE YEAR – Redfern Now
PUBLISHED BOOK OF THE YEAR – NPY Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation
(Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngangkar
EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH -Professor Pat Dudgeon
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION -Deadly Sista Girlz and the David
HEALTH WORKER OF THE YEAR -Leonie Morcome, Biripi Aboriginal
EXCELLENCE IN EMPLOYMENT -Koori Job Ready
COMMUNITY BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR -John Harding, 3CR
EXCELLENCE IN CULTURAL ADVANCEMENT – Shellie Morris
SCIENTIST OR SCIENCE PROJECT OF THE YEAR -Gerry Turpin
EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH THROUGH THE PROMOTION OF HEALTHY AND SMOKE
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JOURNALISM STORY OF THE YEAR – NITV News, Shayden and Junaid Thorne in Saudi Arabia
Hall of Fame
THE ELLA AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORT – Adam Goodes
THE MARCIA LANGTON AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN LEADERSHIP -Pat O’Shane
THE LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION AWARD FOR HEALING THE STOLEN GENERATIONS -Archie Roach