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A.B. Original's 'Reclaim Australia' Scoops J Award

Michelle Grace Hunder
A.B. Original

A.B. Original’s Reclaim Australia has won Triple J’s prestigious J Award.

The indigenous hip-hop duo's debut topped LPs by Alex Lahey, Gang of Youths, Meg Mac and others to take out the national youth radio network’s top honor, which recognizes the best Australian album of the year.

“Every year we are lucky enough to experience a swathe of incredible Australian records, but the last 12 months in particular has seen some of the finest local releases in years,” triple j music director, Nick Findlay says of the winning record. “Despite this, it’s hard to look past the raw, confronting and empowering energy that Briggs and Trials have mastered on Reclaim Australia; it’s impact has been long-standing, incredibly significant and long overdue.”

The J Award is the latest in a mushrooming list of accolades for A.B. Original’s founding members, rapper Briggs and producer Trials. Earlier this year, the pair dominated the AIR Independent Music Awards with five wins and their top-10 album won the prestigious Australian Music Prize. They became the first indigenous act to win that particular award. Earlier this month they swept the South Australian Music Awards, with their thought-provoking single "January 26" winning best music video and best song, while Briggs was feted for screen composition at the annual Screen Music Awards. There may be more silverware to come at next week’s ARIA Awards in Sydney, where they’re up for six awards.

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The J Awards, typically held in the so-called Ausmusic Month of November, has previously been won by Wolfmother (2005), Hilltop Hoods (2006), The Panics (2007), The Presets (2008), Sarah Blasko (2009), Tame Impala (2010 + 2012), Gotye (2011), Flume (2013), Chet Faker (2014) and Courtney Barnett (2015) and last year’s champion, D.D. Dumbo.

The J Award was one of four prizes handed out Thursday night at a ceremony in Sydney. Singer-songwriter and Milk Records co-owner Jen Cloher took out Double J artist of the year, and newcomer Stella Donnelly was named Unearthed artist of the year.

Also, Tim White's high-flying clip for Client Liaison’s “A Foreign Affair,” an ‘80s-evoking pop number featuring ARIA Hall of Famer Tina Arena, won for Australian music video of the year, a category co-presented by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s long-running music video program Rage.

Stream Reclaim Australia below.