The 2010 WAMi Awards were held on May 20 at Capitol in Perth with Birds of Tokyo and Karnivool taking out an award each. The WAMi’s, co hosted by RTRFM’s Peter Barr and triple j’s The Doctor (Lindsay MacDougall), featured WAMingtons galore and guest award presentations by Dom Alessio and Steph Hughes from triple j’s Home & Hosed. The WAMi Awards showed off an impressive array of Western Australian talent, with live performances by Sugar Army, Hayley Beth, Will Stoker and the Embers, Black Poet and the Brow Horn Orchestra.
After waiting for a good three years for their second album, Karnivool fans showed their appreciation for ‘Sound Awake’ and voted it as the 2010 WAMi Award for Most Popular Album, beating other contenders John Butler Trio, Eskimo Joe and Gyroscope. Birds of Tokyo managed to score the Most Popular Act award for the second year running. Earlier in the week at the Craft WAMi Award presentations, Ian Kenny, the front man for both Karnivool & Birds of Tokyo won the WAMi Award for Best Male Vocalist for the third time.
In the public voted categories, Fremantle favourites The Joe Kings, were voted as Favourite Newcomer, while The French Rockets /Injured Ninja Split 12” + DVD was voted as the Most Popular Single /EP.
In the industry voted categories, the Emperors won Most Promising New Act, Yabu Band scored the WAMington for Indigenous Act of the Year, WAMi Award night performers The Brow Horn Orchestra scored Best Funk Act, Best Commercial Pop Act went to Eskimo Joe and Best Urban/Hip Hop act was awarded to the Typhoons.
Every year the Golden WAMi Award is awarded for contribution to the WA music industry and in 2010 Peter Barr (RTRFM’s Breakfast announcer & Morning Magazine producer) reclaimed his title, winning for the third time. His media home, RTRFM 92.1 were once again named the winners of the Organisation Media Award, while departing RTRFM Music Director Dave Cutbush, was chuffed when he was awarded the Individual Media Award.
For the full list of 2010 WAMi Award Winners visit http://wam.asn.au