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Courtney Barnett wins J Award for Australian Album of the Year

The winners of the 11th annual J Awards were revealed today, with Courtney Barnett awarded Australian Album of the Year for Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit.

Barnett edged out fellow nominees Tame Impala, Jarryd James, The Rubens and Alpine to take home the gong – topping off a huge year for the 28-year-old singer-songwriter.

2015 has seen her perform live on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Ellen, and she also found time to team up with Jack White on single Shiver.

Speaking from Berlin, the down-to-earth performer told Triple J’s Lewis and Veronica she was “excited and honoured”.

“It’s a nice feeling for something that you’re not really sure when you write, I guess, how far it’s going to reach and who is going to find it interesting,” Barnett said.

The album has struck a chord with music fans and critics worldwide with its witty musings about mundane life events, combined with blistering guitar skills.

Barnett’s trophy cabinet is already bulging with a stack of awards, and the run is set to continue with the ARIAs just around the corner (she’s nominated eight times).

Triple J Music Director Richard Kingsmill said Barnett was unapologetically Australian, and an outstanding songwriter.

“We think this album is special stuff and the way it’s resonated around the world this year has been fantastic for both Courtney and Australian music in general,” Kingsmill said.

Multiple WA Music Award winners, Perth’s Tired Lion were named Unearthed Artist of the Year.

You Am I frontman and rock ‘n roll great Tim Rogers was awarded the second ever Double J Australian Artist of the Year award.

Rogers has released two albums this year, including You Am I’s 10th studio album Porridge and Hotsauce.

Australian Music Video of the Year went to Melbourne indie act Life Is Better Blonde for their Mine video, directed by Natalie Erika James.




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