Super Best success
Super Best Friends won Artist of the Year and Best Live Act at the inaugural MAMAs.
You probably won't find them sharing the same stage or even playing at the same venues but Super Best Friends and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra now have something in common.
Both were big winners at the inaugural MusicACT Annual Music Awards (MAMAs).
Indie punk rockers Super Best Friends claimed two of the night's four public-voted categories while CSO was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Nicholas Milton conducts the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. The CSO was inducted into the MusicACT hall of fame.
Super Best Friends beat out high-profile nominees the Aston Shuffle and Readable Graffiti to be crowned best live performer and best artist of the year on a night that recognised the best of Canberra's music industry across 19 categories.
Bassist and vocalist Matt Roberts says the band was surprised by their success at the MAMAs, but were happy their hard work this year had been recognised.
''It was pretty unexpected but as I said on the night while the Aston Shuffle were touring India and playing next to the Taj Mahal, we were sitting at home on Facebook garnering votes,'' he says.
''We've worked pretty hard this year and released a CD and done a lot of touring.''
Roberts says to win best artist on public votes meant a lot.
''When you're up against a band like the Aston Shuffle who are on festival circuits at the moment you don't really expect to win,'' he says.
''We've been around for a while and put in the hard yards and it's nice to be recognised from our peers.''
Roberts credits the band's energetic and upbeat performance style for their win as best live performer.
''If you don't like us yelling at you hopefully we're interesting to look at,'' he laughs. Super Best Friends performed two of their hits at the awards night and shared the stage with the Brass Knuckle Brass Band, Fun Machine and Readable Graffiti.
''It was good fun to play on the night - we played in front of a lot of people who hadn't seen us before because it was such a diverse crowd,'' Roberts says.
At the other end of the musical spectrum the CSO was inducted into the MusicACT Hall of Fame after more than six decades of making beautiful music.
The orchestra was inducted, along with record label Ivy League Records/Winterman Goldstein, at the inaugural MusicACT Annual Music Awards.
Founded in 1950, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra has grown into the largest professional performing arts organisation in the region.
The MAMAs was in Albert Hall, which was the rehearsal space for the orchestra in its early years.
Canberra Symphony orchestra chief executive Henry Laska says since the group began 62 years ago it has gone from strength to strength. He credits chief conductor Nicholas Milton's artistic leaderships of the talented musicians for its success in recent years.
''To be inaugurated in this way at the MAMAs is fantastic because it recognises the fantastic contribution the orchestra has made over the years,'' he says.
''It was a huge surprise; when I took the call I was so amazed and proud of the fact that we were nominated for the honour.
''We feel enormously proud of that achievement; it's very humbling to be recognised in that way.''
Laska says it was great to see that the community got behind the inaugural awards and he was thankful they were so inclusive of different music styles.
''It's really important to recognise music across all the different genres,'' he says.
''They've done a great job and we really do thank them for acknowledging the role the CSO plays in this community.''
Orchestra board member and musician John Painter accepted the honour at the celebrations.
■ Joni Scanlon is a staff writer and rock'n'roll fan, whose musical talent peaked in primary school playing the recorder.
THE WINNERS ARE ...
ACT artist of 2012 - Super Best Friends
Live performer of 2012 - Super Best Friends
ACT live venue of 2012 - the Phoenix
ACT youth artist of 2012 - Natalie Magee
Hall of Fame Inductee - Canberra Symphony Orchestra
Hall of Fame Inductee - Winterman Goldstein/Ivy League Records: Pete Lusty, Andy Kelly, James Roden, Andy Cassell
Contribution to the ACT music industry - Pro Musica
Best ACT orchestra/concert, brass or big band - Canberra City Band
Best ACT engineer/producer/studio - Duncan Lowe
ACT song of the year - Broken Bird by the Wedded Bliss
Best ACT choral/vocal group - the Pocket Score Company
Best ACT classical solo/ensemble - Matt Withers
Best ACT country artist - No Hausfrau
Best ACT electronic dance music producer - the Aston Shuffle
Best folk artist - Xavier Dunn
Best ACT jazz/blues artist - Dorothy-Jane Gosper
Best ACT pop artist - Fun Machine
Best ACT rock/alternative artist - Tonk
Best ACT urban artist - Kayo Marbilus