The nine finalists for the 18th annual Australian Music Prize (AMP) have been announced today (January 24), ahead of the ceremony in Sydney this coming March.

For their third AMP nomination are Sampa the Great and Laura Jean – for their albums ‘As Above, So Below’ and ‘Amateurs’, respectively. Sampa was nominated in 2017 (‘Birds and the BEE9’) and 2019 (‘The Return’), winning both years, becoming the only two-time AMP winner in the process. Jean, meanwhile, was nominated in 2014 for her self-titled album and in 2018 for her album ‘Devotion’.

The shortlist also includes two-time nominees Camp Cope (for ‘Running With The Hurricane’) and Julia Jacklin (for ‘Pre Pleasure’). The former was nominated in 2016 for their self-titled debut (as well as longlisted in 2018 for its follow-up ‘How to Socialize and Make Friends’), while the latter got a nod in 2019 for their second studio album. Crushing’ and in 2016 was included in the list for his debut ‘Don’t Let the Kids Win’.

Party Dozen have received their first shortlist nomination for their third album, ‘The Real Work’. However, the Sydney noise-rock duo were previously long-listed for AMP in 2020 for their second album, ‘Pray For Party Dozen’.

The rest of the shortlist is made up of first-time nominees for debut releases: 1300 with their mixtape ‘Foreign Language’, Body Type with ‘Everything is Dangerous But Nothing’s Surprising’, King Stingray with their self-titled album and Tasman Keith with ‘A Color Undone’.

Scott B. Murphy, the founder and director of AMP, described the shortlist as “very strong” and “incredibly diverse” in a press release. “[The list] truly capturing another year of the world’s best music,” he said.

In their own statement, King Stingray guitarist and co-founder Roy Kellaway said the band was “thrilled” with the nomination. “We … feel privileged to be in the company of so many other great artists who are making so many great records,” he said.

Body Type also expressed their excitement at being nominated: “It means the world to have our debut record shortlisted,” they said. “How great to be recognized and supported by such a prestigious trade association. It is an honor.”

All nine nominees were in NME‘s list of the 25 best Australian albums of 2022. The list was topped by Jacklin’s ‘Pre Pleasure’, in which Jacklin described himself as “Australia’s best musical meditator on the self”.

“Despite the subject matter, ‘Pre Pleasure’ is the brightest music Jacklin has ever put to tape,” wrote Joshua Martin.

The winner of the 18th AMP will be announced at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory at a ceremony on 1 March.

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