Rolling Stone editors crown Crowded House an ‘Icon’ at awards show

Radio presenter Alex Dyson hosted the evening, while TV personality Richard Wilkins presented Crowded House’s Neil Finn with the Rolling Stone Icon Award.

The Brag’s Rolling Stone AUNZ held its annual awards show last night, recognising local musicians including Crowded House, Tones and I, and Dom Dolla.

The title’s second ever Rolling Stone Icon Award went to Crowded House, while Tones and I won the Rolling Stone Global Awards, judged by the masthead’s international editorial teams; editors from Rolling Stone US and Rolling Stone UK vote in the category.

Rolling Stone AUNZ‘s editor-in-chief, Poppy Reid, said the nominees’ work “was listened to and judged by some of the world’s most influential music critics.”

“A huge thank you to our incredible sponsors and performers who have made the 2024 Shure Rolling Stone Australia Awards our best yet,” she added.

“We are continually inspired by Australian artists, their stories, and their music, and we are so proud to support them with such a special night dedicated to celebrating their art.”

Reid also noted that everyone congregated at the Ivy in Sydney has some level of power, and therefore a responsibility as gatekeepers to leave the gate open a crack.

Hosted by radio presenter Alex Dyson, the awards night featured performances from Crowded House’s Neil Finn and Angus and Julia Stone.

In total, five awards were handed out: Best Single (Peach PRC), Best Record (The Teskey Brothers), Best New Artist (Dom Dolla), the Rolling Stone Global Award (Tones and I), and the Rolling Stone Icon Award (Crowded House).

Reid with Tones and I

TV personality Richard Wilkins presented Finn from Crowded House with the Icon Award, saying: “It’s a great honour and pleasure to be here tonight to present this award to a band that was formed in the mid-80s out of the ashes of a wonderful group called Split Enz. They moved to the Hollywood Hills and made one of the great records of all time.”

Accepting the award, Finn added: “Thank you, Rolling Stone, for making us into an icon. I’m not sure what that truly means, but I think it means you need to go to Mecca and buy some makeup, so I’ve done that.” He had bought a tinted eyebrow gel, joking that previously his eyebrows have looked white.

Tones and I, a former Rolling Stone AUNZ cover star, said of her Rolling Stone Global Award win: “Wow, this is an incredible award to win, up against such an icon in Kylie Minogue who helped pave the way for women in pop music on a global scale.”

She extended an invitation to early-career artists in the room to get in touch with her, in the hope they would have a less tough time starting out than she did.

Earlier this month, Rolling Stone AUNZ named James Jennings as its new print editor.

(L-R) Angus Stone, Poppy Reid, Julia Stone

2024 Shure Rolling Stone Australia Awards Winners:

Rolling Stone Icon Award

Winner: Crowded House

Best Single

Peach PRC – ‘Perfect For You’ – WINNER
Dom Dolla ft. MK – ‘Rhyme Dust’
Budjerah – ‘Therapy’
Amy Shark – ‘Can I Shower At Yours’
Fisher ft Kita Alexander – ‘Atmosphere’
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers – ‘I Used to be Fun’
Lime Cordiale – ‘Colin’
Tkay Maidza ft. Flume – ‘Silent Assassin’

Best New Artist

Dom Dolla – WINNER
Royel Otis
Oliver Cronin
The Rions
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers
Old Mervs

Best Record

The Teskey Brothers – The Winding Way – WINNER
Teenage Dads – Midnight Driving
The Amity Affliction – Not Without My Ghosts
Troye Sivan – Something to Give Each Other
Brad Cox – Acres
Dope Lemon – Kimosabè
Peach PRC – Manic Dream Pixie

Rolling Stone Global Award

Tones And I – WINNER
Kylie Minogue
Troye Sivan
The Teskey Brothers
Dom Dolla
Tame Impala

Top image: Poppy Reid and Neil Finn, Crowded House

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