The 16th annual National Indigenous Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards, aka the Deadlys, is Australia’s largest Indigenous award’s night and the final winner in each of the 28 award categories didn’t disappoint.
From the grassroots musicianship of our Deadly musicians to the grit and determination our Deadly sportstars have shown in 2010, not to mention the inspiration and achievement of our artists and community awardees, all winners took a deserved bow on the mainstage.
Executive producer Gavin Jones described the 2010 Deadly Awards winners as “simply the best”.
“We had a record 29,000 votes this year, showing the strong support Indigenous Australians have given the 2010 Deadlys,” he says.
“I don’t think the voting public will be disappointed with the calibre of our winners – not only the best and brightest Indigenous Australians in 2010, but amongst the best talent we have in this country today.”
The Deadlys show was dynamic with performances by some of the biggest names in Australia’s music and arts scene.
Performers on the night included the stars of music, dance and film, pop music icon Christine Anu, musician and balladeer Frank Yamma, the powerhouse performer Dan Sultan, multi ARIA and Deadly winner Archie Roach and the awe inspiring creativity of the Bangarra Dance Theatre.
Special guests and presenters included Governor General of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AO; Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe; rugby league star Timana Tahu; singer Casey Donovan; Director of the Stronger Smarter Institute Dr Chris Sarra; AFL great David Wirrpanda; journalist Jeff McMullan; Minister for Community Services, the Hon Linda Burney (representing the NSW Premier Kristina Keneally) and Queensland rap superstar Dizzy Doolan.
Deadly Awards hosts for the night, Luke Carroll and Naomi Wenitong kept the audiences entertained throughout the evening.
The 2010 Deadly Awards will be a tough act to follow, according to Mr Jones.
“Each year the show is one not to be missed and mainstream Australia is now recognising the worth of the Deadly Awards,” he says.
“The Deadly’s deliver a strong and healthy message to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community – that, hopefully, is an inspiration to young Indigenous Australians, indeed Indigenous Australians across the country.”
The Deadlys will be broadcast on SBS on Sunday October 3 at 10.30pm on SBS and Wednesday October 6 at 8.30pm on SBS Two.