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The Acclaim All-Stars initiative has been created as a means for the fans and participants in Australian hip hop music to formally acknowledge and celebrate the successes of Australian hip hop artists. 2020 sees the launch of All-Stars, an online event that will occur annually.

All-Stars is a production of Acclaim Magazine, Australia’s longest running media platform dedicated to hip hop music and culture.

Acclaim Allstars 2020

Structure
In year one, the Acclaim All-Stars initiative includes three award categories:

Rookie of the Year (best emerging talent) – Presented by PUMA
This award will be decided based on votes cast by an industry panel. Panelists have been selected based on a demonstrated legacy of supporting and working within the hip hop industry. The general public are not eligible to vote for this award.
People’s Champ (the people’s choice)
This award will be decided by votes cast by the general public. Any artist or group may be nominated (some eligibility criteria applies)
MVP (song of the year)
This award will be decided by votes cast by the general public. Votes must be made against a short-list of the top fifty Australian hip hop songs for 2020. This short-list will be determined based on public streaming data.

Wild Card – Presented by Beats by Dr Dre
In addition to the above awards, Acclaim will select one artist or group from outside of the finalists list to receive a Wild Card. This card will be reserved for an emerging talent, deemed worthy of the spotlight that this card will give them. The Wild Card recipient will be featured in the Finals Team cover alongside the awards finalists and will be profiled on the All-Stars site.

Timeline

Voting for the Acclaim 2020 All-Stars commences on October 1st 2020 and closes October 31st 2020.

Five finalists in each award will be announced on November 13th via the unveiling of a Finals Team digital cover.

The winner of each award will be announced over the following weeks with digital cover-features unveiled to coincide with each award announcement.


Rookie of the Year Industry Voting Panel

Adam Booth Weez Calibre/EMI Music
Alexander Franco Sony Music Australia
Aman Bayatly Team ON3
Andrew Montell Archetype
Aniela Swiatek Thinking Loud
Ben Martin Universal Music/Golden Era
Carolina Da La Piedra Carolina Gasolina FBI Radio/DJ
Cass Navarro Acclaim Magazine
Christopher Kevin AU 24 Karat Kev Filter Mag
Dan Mz Rizk DJ/Boogie Beat Suite 3PBS FM
Daniel Monge RollingUp HipHopCharts.com.au
Dhir Kal Slim Set Fbi Radio
Dom Alessio Sounds Australia
Ebony Boadu Ebony Triple J
Erol Yurdagul Mushroom Music Publishing
Gareth Watkins Owner/Director Think Out Loud
Harry Hayes Inertia Music
Hau Latukefu Triple J/Sony Music
Henoke Nega Hancoq Mirage Records
Henry Owens Acclaim, Sniffers
Huw Araniego-Ellis Warner Music Group Australia
Jade Zoe DJ
James Browning Niche?
Jarrod Off The Clef Hip Hop
Jerry Poon Founder of The Operatives
Joshua Taylor-Anderson Call & Response
Jourdan D’amore Head of Bodega Collective
Julian Palei Scooter Pro HipHopCharts.com.au / MDE
Julie Fenwick Acclaim contributor
Junor Founder AU Dollar$
Kishnel Chand Team ON3
Krystel Diola Behind The Front
Lee Monro Godzilla Podcast, Edge 96.1 presenter
Margret Tra Maggie Tra Stimulated Media
Matt Boe Calibre Artist Management
Matt Gudinski Illusive/Mushroom
Maxine Johns DJ Ms Hennessey Blueprint hip hop show
Michelle Grace-Hunder Photographer/Radio Host
Mohamed Komba Mo Mo Sony Music Australia
Mustafa Afraz Musti Red Bull / Acclaim Contributor
N’fa Forster-Jones N’Fa Diploma of Music Industry (Hip Hop) – Box Hill Tafe
Nadine Marjan Co-founder of SWS Music
Nelson John J Nelly Head of 66 Records
Nic GidleyKing NGK HipHopCharts.com.au / MDE
Nick Lupi One Dayers
Nino DJ Nino Brown
Peter Stevens Spotify- Head of Content
Petrina Convey Sony Music Australia
Rice Xu Rolling Loud Festival Australia
Rudy Udovich Falcona
Sam Dutch Low Key Source
Sarah K-Sera K-Sera & The Dirty Dozen 96.1 FM
Sasha Chifura Valve Sounds
Sean Mullins Sean Rae A&R Def Jam Australia
Shantan Parameswaran Shantan Wantan Ichiban Triple J
Shelley Liu Valve Sounds
Simone Amelia-Jordan Media Consultant
Sose Fuamoli Music journalist
Steve Duck Complex AU
Tino Charles Den Of Truth podcast
Tom Hugget Astral People
Tom Connellan Illusive/Mushroom
Vanderkolk Dameila Dameela Radio Host (4ZZZ / Triple J)
Vyvienne Abla 4E Sydney
Ziggy Zig Art Management


Partners
The Acclaim 2020 All-Stars initiative would not be possible without the support of our partners. The Major Presenting partner for the Acclaim 2020 All-Stars is JD Sports Australia 

Our Award partners are:
Rookie of the Year – Puma AU

People’s Champ –
MVP –

Award nominee criteria and nominee short-listing has been qualified with the assistance of HipHopCharts.com.au

Prizes

Rookie of the Year

  • Apparel and footwear courtesy of PUMA Australia
  • Headphones, speaker and earphones courtesy of Beats by Dr. Dre
  • Legal advice/services from one of Australia’s leading law firms specialising in entertainment and media law- Media Arts Lawyers
  • A PR package to support the servicing of a single or an EP release courtesy of Call & Response
  • A RODE AI-1 Starter kit
  • Ableton Live 10 Suite license
  • Ableton Push 2
  • Sound of the Future Ableton training with Ableton certified trainer Dizz1
  • A feature interview to run on acclaimmag.com in support of the winner’s next release (album or single)
  • A custom artist merchandise package courtesy of Super Special
  • A digital advertising campaign with acclaimmag.com
  • A full day of recording time at Studios 301 (For a Sydney-based winner, or if able to travel to Sydney within 12-months: 1 Day Recording Session (10 Hours) in Studio 2 with Engineer & Studio Assistant (valued at $1925) Or if an interstate winner unable to travel to Sydney: 1 Track Unattended Mix & Master
    (valued up to $1309)
  • Higher Ground Consultancy
    1 x Consulting Session (Brand Development)
    2 x Consulting Sessions (Media Training)

People’s Champ 

  • Headphones, speaker and earphones courtesy of Beats by Dr. Dre
  • Support with the facilitation of international, music industry opportunities and mentorship via Sounds Australia.
  • Legal advice/services from one of Australia’s leading law firms specialising in entertainment and media law- Media Arts Lawyer
  • A RODE NT2-A condenser microphone
  • A feature interview to run on acclaimmag.com in support of the winner’s next release (album or single)
  • A custom artist merchandise package courtesy of Super Special
  • A digital advertising campaign with acclaimmag.com
  • A full day of recording time at Studios 301 For a Sydney-based winner, or if able to travel to Sydney within 12-months: 1 Day Recording Session (10 Hours) in Studio 2 with Engineer & Studio Assistant (or if an interstate winner unable to travel to Sydney: 1 Track Unattended Mix & Master
    (valued up to $1309)

MVP

  • Headphones, speaker and earphones courtesy of Beats by Dr. Dre
  • Legal advice/services from one of Australia’s leading law firms specialising in entertainment and media law- Media Arts Lawyers
  • A RODE NT2-A condensor microphone
  • A feature interview to run on acclaimmag.com in support of the winner’s next release (album or single)
  • A custom artist merchandise package courtesy of Super Special
  • A digital advertising campaign with acclaimmag.com
  • A full day of recording time at Studios 301 (For a Sydney-based winner, or if able to travel to Sydney within 12-months: 1 Day Recording Session (10 Hours) in Studio 2 with Engineer & Studio Assistant (or if an interstate winner unable to travel to Sydney: Unattended Mix & Master
    (valued up to $1309)