Fun Machine are ready for the fight at awards night
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Fun Machine are ready for the fight at awards night

Fun Machine were the big winners at the MusicACT Annual Music Awards on Saturday night, the band being named best artist of 2013 as well as taking out song of the year for Ready for the Fight at the awards night at Albert Hall.

The band was nominated for four awards, just recognition for the indie act that supported the Darkness earlier this year and then received plenty of Triple J airtime with Ready for the Fight. Fun Machine are now about to release their debut album.

Fun Machine was the big winner at the MusicACT Annual Music Award on Saturday night, the band named best artist of 2013.

Fun Machine was the big winner at the MusicACT Annual Music Award on Saturday night, the band named best artist of 2013.

This was the second year of the annual awards, known as the MAMAs, which recognise local artists across all genres. Singer-songwriter Dylan Hekimian took home two of the four award categories voted on by the public: best youth artist of 2013 and best live performer, beating out Fun Machine for the latter.

Zierholz at UC was voted the Best Live Music Venue for 2013, the other popular category.

Super Best Friends, which took home two of the top gongs last year, including artist of the year, were named the best rock artist for the year.

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The award capped off a successful year for the band, with their song Round and Round going viral thanks to a video clip featuring Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott among a who's who of federal politicians.

The two other finalists for artist of the year did not go unrecognised. SAFIA won best indie or alternative artist, with The Aston Shuffle sharing best house, electro or techno producer of 2013 with Ashley Feraude.

Xavier Dunn took out folk artist of the year for the second year.

Jim Cotter and Frank Madrid were recognised for their contribution to the music industry, and the Idea of North were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Fleta Page is a journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald. She was previously a sports and general news reporter at The Canberra Times.