The sophomore album from the Sydney indie outfit, led by brothers Louis and Oli Leimbach, beat out recordings by Alice Ivy, Ball Park Music, DMA’S, Tame Impala and others to claim the national youth radio network’s top honor, announced live on air Thursday (Nov. 19).
“What a great award to receive from such a unique radio station [that] supports artists from all backgrounds,” Louis and Oli said in a video acceptance speech. They also paid tribute to their fellow nominees: “We look up to you, you’re our heroes. Cheers.”
14 Steps To A Better You opened at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in July, for the band’s first leader. It’s shaping to be a huge month for the alternative rock outfit, with Lime Cordiale nominated in a leading eight categories for next Wednesday’s 2020 ARIA Awards.
“Lime Cordiale know how to write an earworm, and with an album that already had four Hottest 100 hits under its belt before release,” comments triple j music director Nick Findlay, “there was no doubt that we were going to be met with another wave of listener favorites on this record.”
Now in its 16th year, the J Awards are the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s celebration of the best in contemporary Australian music.
Typically unveiled in the Ausmusic Month of November, the J Award 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), D.D. Dumbo (2016), A.B. Original (2017), Middle Kids (2018) and last year’s champ, Matt Corby.
The Australian album of the year was one of five prizes handed out on the day. Rapper JK-47, a Gudjinburra man of the Bundjalung nation, took out the Unearthed artist of the year for his debut album Made For This.
Meanwhile, legendary artist Archie Roach was named Double J Australian artist of the year, just days out from his induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
The Australian music video of the year went to Tasman Keith’s “Billy Bad Again” and the so-called Done Good Award went to Isol-Aid, the livestreaming festival platform that was one of the first of its kind to respond when the pandemic shut-down gigs around the country.
A fundraiser for the Support Act music industry charity, Isol-Aid is nearly 900 sets strong.