Barnett, who didn’t attend the ceremony due to touring commitments, also collected the best independent label accolade for Milk!, which she founded with fellow artist Jen Cloher.
Few independent music aficionados would have expected anything less than a dominant night from Barnett. The rising star scooped a pair of prizes at last year’s edition, including the best independent artist trophy, the event’s highest honor, and she leads all artists with eight nominations for next month's ARIA Awards.
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Other winners Thursday night (Oct. 22) included #1 Dads (breakthrough independent artist of the year), Seth Sentry (best independent hip-hop album), Frank Yamma (best independent country album), C.W. Stoneking (best independent blues and roots album), King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (best independent hard rock, heavy or punk album), and Flight Facilities (best independent dance/electronica album).
The independent music community's gathering wasn’t just a celebration for Barnett and her fellow winners. The AIR trade body, which organizes the ceremony, is currently celebrating its 20th year. And its so-called AIR Awards is now 10 years old.
Winners at Australia's 10th Independent Music Awards:
Best Independent Artist -- Courtney Barnett
Best Independent Album -- Courtney Barnett, "Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit"
Best Independent Single Or Ep -- Courtney Barnett, "Depreston"
Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year -- #1 Dads
Best Independent Hip Hop Album -- Seth Sentry, "Strange New Past"
Best Independent Country Album -- Frank Yamma, "Uncle"
Best Independent Blues And Roots Album -- C.W. Stoneking, "Gon’ Boogaloo"
Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy Or Punk Album -- King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, "I’m In Your Mind Fuzz"
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album -- Flight Facilities, "Down To Earth"
Best Independent Dance, Electronica Or Club Single -- Hayden James, "Something About You"
Best Independent Jazz Album -- Barney Mcall, "Mooroolbark"
Best Independent Classical Album -- Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, "Brandenburg Celebrates"
Best Independent Label -- Milk! Records