Tim Rogers Is JJ Artist Of The Year!

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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

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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