The quest to find Indigenous Australia’s best in 2010 has begun.
Finalists were announced today in what is arguably Australia’s biggest, single event celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and voting is now open.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards, aka the Deadlys, is back for its 16th year at the Sydney Opera House on 27 September 2010.
Deadlys’ Executive Producer Gavin Jones from Vibe Australia says the Deadlys just keep getting better and a big part of this is Indigenous Australia’s strong support.
“Each year we get thousands of nominations from all around Australia and everyone has one aim: to honour the best and brightest whether that is in sport, music, the arts, health or the community,” he says.
“The 2010 finalists list is a huge excitement and it tells its own story. These people are really Deadly!
“The voting public has a hard task on its hands, but no matter what happens the Deadlys on the 27 September should definitely not be missed.”
While the Deadlys are a chance to celebrate our most talented, they also represent Indigenous Australia’s choice about who they feel deserves a Deadly award.
“We respect the trust Indigenous Australia places in us to ensure their top finalist in each category is announced on the big night, based on the votes we receive right up until the deadline on 6 September 2010,” Gavin says.
The Deadlys will be broadcast live by SBS from the Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House and the show promises to rival last year’s high standard of entertainment.
“We are set for a big night of nights,” Gavin says, “packed with entertainment, dynamic performances and all the thrills that go with an edge-of-the-seat awards’ night.
“There’ll be a host of outstanding achievers from all walks of life and a room spilling over with emotional highs, laughter and maybe a few tears, in tribute to our Hall of Fame recipients.”
The Deadly Academy comprised of past Deadly winners will be back for the second year running to decide the Community and Deadlys Hall of Fame winners.
Nominations for the Deadlys Community Awards close today and the Deadly Academy will hand down its decisions in the coming weeks.
The Deadlys feature an expanded community awards category this year, recognising exceptional individuals who make a real difference in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.
New award categories in the community awards are Health Worker of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Advancement and Leader of the Year.
Voting is now open to all for the 2010 Deadlys at www.vibe.com.au/vote-nominations.asp
The Voting Form is also inside the August edition of Deadly Vibe magazine, which features film-maker Ivan Sen on the cover.
Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the Deadlys this year! Tickets for the 2010 Deadlys ($45 or $30 concession) are available from the Sydney Opera House.
For more information, visit www.sydneyoperahouse.com
Most Promising New Talent in Music
Album of the Year
Single Release of the Year
Band of the Year
Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Outstanding Achievement in RNB and Hip Hop
Most Promising New Talent in Sport
Outstanding Achievement in AFL
Outstanding Achievement in NRL
Female Sportsperson of the Year
Male Sportsperson of the Year
Female Actor of the Year
Male Actor of the Year
Dancer of the Year
Visual Artist of the Year
Live Production of the Year
Outstanding Achievement in Literature
Film of the Year
Television Show of the Year
Television Personality of the Year
(Decided by the Deadly Academy)
Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Health Worker of the Year
Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment
Community Broadcaster of the Year
Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Advancement
Leader of the Year
DEADLYS HALL OF FAME
The Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sport
The Jimmy Little Award for Lifetime Achievement to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music