28 July 2017
Victorian artist Briggs was a dominating force at the 2017 Australian Independent Records Labels Association (AIR) Awards, collecting five gongs for his critically acclaimed music project A.B. Original.
A collaboration between Briggs and South Australian rapper Trials, A.B. Original won a swag of prestigious AIR Awards including Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year, Best Independent Hip Hop Album (Reclaim Australia), Best Independent Single (January 26), Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Album Or EP.
The AIR Awards continue a winning streak for A.B. Original, who also took out the 2017 Australian Music Prize for Reclaim Australia.
Other Victorian artists recognised at the AIR Awards include Nick Murphy, who won Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single for Stop Me (Stop You), and Melbourne’s Friendships winners of Best Dance/Electronica Album for Nullabor 1988-1989.
Henry Wagons was awarded Best Independent Country Album for After What I Did Last Night while Victorian label Pieater — home to Big Scary, Airling and #1 Dads — was crowned Best Independent Label.