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11 March 2016

Melbourne musician Courtney Barnett has won this year's Australian Music Prize for her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

Barnett was awarded the $30,000 prize on Wednesday at a ceremony in Sydney. She beat nine other contenders including Melbourne acts Dan Kelly, Dick Diver, Gold Class, Jess Ribeiro and My Disco.

Barnett joins ten other artists who have been awarded the prize across its eleven year history, including Melbourne's Augie March and The Drones.

The past year has been a mammoth one for Barnett. She has won four ARIA Awards, received Grammy and Brit Award nominations, and performed live on US chat programs The Ellen Show and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Known for her witty and deadpan musical style, Barnett released her debut EP, I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris, in 2012. This was followed by the EP, How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose, in 2013. Both recordings were combined into The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, prior to Barnett's debut album being released in 2015.