You Am I frontman Tim Rogers was announced as the winner of 2015’s Double J Australian Artist of the Year award at a ceremony in Sydney today. It is the second Double J annual award (Mia Dyson won in 2014). Rogers was unable to be at the ceremony due to touring commitments.
In a result that is hardly surprising given the amazing year she has had, Courtney Barnett won the award for Album of The Year.
In a video acceptance speech, Rogers expressed his gratitude for the award and for still being able to work after decades in the industry:
“I thank God and Satan for it every day, in both Her guises,” Rogers said. “I just appreciate being given a chance and that people still ask me to work and to contribute, whether it be writing or singing or performing. I hope I can do it for a little while longer, I’ve gotten away with it for a little while.”
Double J’s press release points out that in 2015 Rogers has released a new album and has toured with You Am I both in Australia and overseas, recorded an album with The Bamboos, work as musical director for a Melbourne Theatre Company production based on his album What Rhymes With Cars and Girls, and even got his first modelling job (for David Jones).
“If I continue to embark upon my modelling career, one day I have money to buy you all drinks or cake or a cup of tea, or whatever you desire, really,” he said in his acceptance speech.
Other nominees were Brisbane band Blank Realm, Melbourne’s soul outfirts Hiatus Kaiyote and Emma Donovan & the PutBacks, and Paul Kelly.
J Awards winners for 2015 are:
– Australian Album Of The Year: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
– Unearthed Artist Of The Year: Tired Lion
– Australian Music Video Of The Year: Life Is Better Blonde – ‘Mine’ (dir: Natalie Erika James)
– Double J Australian Artist Of The Year: Tim Rogers