Once again, Channel [V] is bestowing music fans nationwide the power to vote for the Australian act they dig the most with the annual [V] Oz Atist Award.
Celebrating its massive fifteenth year in 2011, the [V] Oz Artist Award remains a valuable fixture in the music industry as it not only promotes our local music heroes, but the result is based one hundred percent on viewer votes.
Top 50 nominees
The Top 50 nominees were revealed today on Channel [V]. And the competition this year is certainly stiff. With a megawatt lineup of artists, from stalwarts of the award such as John Butler Trio, The Living End, The Vines, Gyroscope and Eskimo Joe, to a crop of first-time nominees and up-and-comers, including Gotye, Parkway Drive, The Jezabels, 360 and Boy & Bear, a plethora of genres are covered. Check out the full list below.
Just who will take out the title of Australia's favourite in 2011? It’s up to you, so start voting now at ozartist.vmusic.com.au.
For the first time ever, Channel [V] introduced a Wildcard entry to the 2011 Top 50. With the Top 49 determined by us, it was left to viewers to complete the list by voting for their favourite signed or unsigned Australian artist. The 2011 Wildcard is New Empire! The rock-pop four piece hail from Sydney and their second album Symmetry is out now, with the boys touring the country throughout October and November. It'll be interesting to see how they fare up against the rest of the artists.
Save your fave
Another new component this year is that from Friday 21 October Channel [V] will begin eliminating artists with the least amount of votes. Throughout each day we'll announce which artists are at risk of going and fans will have until 5pm to save them by voting for them at ozartist.vmusic.com.au. After three weeks of voting, the Top 10 will be announced on Saturday 4 November at 11.00am. Only your votes can help your artist win, so it's time to be heard.
Vote to win a $6000 travel voucher
Now, if the pure act of showing some love for your fave artists isn't enough, we've got another incentive for you to vote- free stuff! Every vote you make for [V] Oz Artist 2011 puts you in the draw to win our major prize: a $6000 travel voucher!
Minor prize winners can score rare artist memorabilia like Kimbra's guitar, a drum skin from Gotye, The Jezabels' keyboard and 360's basketball (all autographed, of course).*
Campaign to win an iPad2
Consider yourself an ultimate fan of your favourite artist? Make sure you register to campaign for them when you cast your vote. Then do whatever you can to get as many people possible voting to help
your artist claim the award. Whether that be via social media, hitting the shops with flyers, getting in the newspaper or something even bigger! The best overall campaigner will win an iPad 2.
[V] Oz Artist 2011 - Top 50
ANGUS & JULIA STONE
ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
ART VS SCIENCE
BIRDS OF TOKYO
BLISS N ESO
BOY & BEAR
CALLING ALL CARS
GYPSY & THE CAT
JOHN BUTLER TRIO
NEW EMPIRE WILD CARD
PAPA VS PRETTY
SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM
THE LIVING END
TIM & JEAN
Saturday 15 October - Top 50 nominees announcedfrom 11am on Channel [V].
Saturday 4 November - Top 10 nominees announced at 11am on Channel [V].
Saturday 19 November - Top 4 nominees announced during The Riff at 10.30am onChannel [V].
Saturday 10 December - Winner announced during The Riff at 10.30am, exclusive to Channel [V].
What are you waiting for? Be heard! Vote now at ozartist.vmusic.com.au.