Canowindra’s Sophie Payten has taken out the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) songwriter award.
The awards were presented in Brisbane last week with the Songwriter Award “recognising a female songwriter or composer who has made extraordinary impact nationally and/or internationally in the past 12 months.”
In their inaugural year, the awards aim to celebrate the contributions of women in Australia’s music industry, across various areas of the music business.
“I feel very honoured to have received the songwriter award,” Sophie told the Canowindra News.
“The night was a superb reminder of what a formidable force women in Australian music are,” she said.
A total of 14 AWMAs were presented after a Jury Council of industry professionals and practitioners decided which of this year’s AWMA finalists were the most worthy.
The finalists in the Songwriter category were Sarah Blasko and NGAIIRE.
Sophie was presented with her award by one of the legends of Australian music Jenny Morris.
The awards ceremony were hosted by Christine Anu and Katie Noonan with Noonan pointing out “tonight for the first time in Australian music history women are going home with all of the awards”.
Sophie received two nominations for the inaugural awards.
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