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National Indigenous Music Awards Confirms 2022 Details & First Performers

12 May 2022 | 9:00 am | Dan Cribb

“We are so excited to have the NIMAs back in real life."

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Returning as an in-person event for the first time since COVID, the National Indigenous Music Awards will reclaim its rightful place on Larrakia Country at Darwin’s iconic Amphitheatre on August 6.

One of Australia’s most important and prestigious events, the NIMAs will this year celebrate its fourteenth birthday, once again shining a spotlight on established and emerging Indigenous talent.

Thelma Plum and King Stingray are the first artists confirmed to perform during the ceremony.

“We are so excited to have the NIMAs back in real life,” NIMA Creative Director Ben Graetz said.

“The awards have always been a special place to connect with mob and for artists to get together to celebrate their artistry and culture. 

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"The last two years of virtual events have been challenging but it has also allowed us to get to people far and wide, across Australia and beyond, but getting back to country and being together to celebrate music will be a true homecoming for our industry.”

Award nominations also open today for First Nations releases from the past twelve months, with artists, industry and the general public welcome to put forward their favourites from across the year at, where you can also buy tickets to the event.