King Stingray Win the 2022 Australian Music Prize
Northeast Arnhem Land-based five piece’s debut album was judged the best Australian record of last year
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After making a shortlist of nine Australian albums released in 2022, King Stingray have won the 18th annual Soundmerch Australian Music Prize (AMP) with their self-titled debut record judged the best by a panel of over 30 industry experts.
King Stingray (a record that made our top 10 Aussie albums of 2022) came out ahead of last year’s albums by 1300, Body Type, Camp Cope, Julia Jacklin, Laura Jean, Party Dozen, Sampa the Great & Tasman Keith. King Stingray now join a prestigious list of previous winners including Genesis Owusu, The Avalanches, Sampa the Great, Gurrumul and many more.
Of their win, King Stingray say “We're so unbelievably stoked to have won the 18th AMP. We had so much fun making this record and we just hope that listeners can hear the joy that we had making it, as well as feel the joy for themselves. It really means the world to us to hear people enjoying the album and we have so many people to thank: our manager Stu; our family who support us all the way; the Yirrkala and Nhulunbuy community; Kris Keough; Casey from Select Music; our publicist Bec from Deathproof; Dan, Craig and Damo from Sony Music Publishing; Jack, Leigh and Stu from Cooking Vinyl Australia. And of course, a massive thanks to all the judges of The AMP. The list goes on! Thanks everyone! Rock on!”