Sia Leads Australian Indie Awards Nominations
Sia Leads Australian Indie Awards Nominations

With four nominations, Sia leads the pack heading into Australia's fifth annual Jagermeister Independent Music Awards, to be held Oct. 1 at Melbourne's Forum Theatre.

The Adelaide-born artist is up for best independent artist, her third set "We Are Born" (Independent/Inertia) is in the running for best independent album, while the track "Clap Your Hands" scores a nod for best independent single or EP.

Sia, whose most recent album bowed at No. 2 on the ARIA albums chart in June, is also vying for most popular independent artist of 2010, a new category voted on by listeners of commercial radio network Nova.

Hot on Sia's heels are singer-songwriter Dan Sultan and alternative rock group Cloud Control, who each pull three AIR nominations.

Rocker Rowland S Howard receives a posthumous nomination for "Pop Crimes" (Liberation Music), which was released only months before his cancer-related death last December.

The ceremony, until now known as the Jagermeister AIR Awards, is sponsored by the City Of Melbourne and will form the cornerstone of Melbourne Music, a new 12-day program of events which shine the spotlight on the city's music scene.

XYZ Networks' cable and satellite-TV broadcaster Channel V will return this year as the broadcast partner and will tape the show, a package of which will air at an unannounced date in October.

As part of an arrangement brokered by brand entertainment firm Mixitup, Jagermeister has signed a three-year deal to partner with the re-launched independent music awards and independent music charts.