Stella Donnelly
WAM Song of the Year winner Stella Donnelly. Picture: Evie Mackay Photography

Stella Donnelly takes home WAM Song of the Year

Fremantle singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly has claimed the coveted grand prize at tonight’s WAM Song of the Year Awards with her song ‘Boys Will Be Boys’.

The win is the latest achievement in a golden run for Donnelly, who late last year picked up the Levi’s Music Prize for most outstanding talent at BIGSOUND 2017, was named Triple J’s Unearthed Artist of the Year, and earned a whopping five WAM Awards.

The song is a raw vocal performance accompanied simply by a single guitar, shedding light on society’s tendency to shift the blame of sexual assault from men to women. It was rated fourth-best song of the year by Rolling Stone and shortlisted for Song of the Year by APRA AMCOS.

Donnelly wasn’t in town for the awards but featured in an acceptance video, saying:

“Thank you so so much for my award for Song of the Year. I just want to thank the venues that have always given me shows, the people that book the shows, the amazing staff, and all of the other amazing musicians in Perth and WA. I’m so, so lucky to be in such a supportive scene and I can’t wait to see what it looks like next year.”

Other winners included John Bennett, who took home two awards, plus Farraday’s Cage, Figurehead, Feels, The Little Lord Street Band, Coin Banks, Helen Shanahan, Intenso, Akolkol Dastan Gesa, Harry Mitchell, Carus Thompson, The Bob Gordons, Bolt Gun, and J.F.K.

The awards were held at the iconic Fly By Night Musicians Club in Fremantle, with $45,000 in prizes awarded.

WAM CEO Mike Harris said the event was an important opportunity for artists to showcase their songwriting skills and have their music heard by industry professionals.

“As ever, we are astounded by the quality and breadth of entries, across all genres,” Harris said.

“Congratulations to Stella and all the other winners, finalists and all the entrants for talking the time to create the music that makes our local scene so vibrant.”

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