Gotye, Medics Big Winners Down Under

Gotye and rising four-piece the Medics were among the homegrown acts celebrated in a pair of Australian awards ceremonies over the weekend.

Alternative rock outfit the Medics cleaned-up at the National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin Saturday night, taking out the new talent of the year, song of the year for “Griffin” and album of the year trophy for their debut “Foundations” (Footstomp/Warner Music). The Queenslanders are represented by music publisher Alberts and plans for 2013 include a visit to the U.S. and U.K. for live dates, the band’s manager Leanne de Souza tells Billboard.biz.

Also on the night, pioneering Aboriginal country music star Jimmy Little was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Northern Territory musicians the Lajamanu Teenage Band. Little passed away in April at the age of 75 after a long battle with illness.

Also inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame were legendary Arnhem Land garage rockers Sunrize Band and NT act Lajamanu Teenage Band, who played on the night.

Confirming his status as the country’s highest-profile Indigenous musicians, Gurrumul Yunupingu was named artist of the year for the second successive time.

In one of the highlights of the night, Medics drummer and vocalist Jindhu Lawrie joined his father Bunna — founding member of Coloured Stone — for a performance of the iconic indigenous rock group’s “Black Boy.”

The NIMAs capped a week of celebrations in the Northern Territory capital. The cream of Australia’s independent music community was the Top End for the iNTune music conference, which wrapped-up Saturday after a two-day program of masterclasses, panel discussions and showcases. The NIMAs and iNTune were organized by MusicNT, the association which supports the growth and development of original contemporary music in the Northern Territory.

On Friday, Gotye was officially declared the best-selling Australian artist for the calendar year 2011, during the ninth ARIA No. 1 Chart Awards at Sydney’s Ivy Sunroom.

Gotye’s smash “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra (Samples’N’Seconds Records/Eleven/Universal) is 10-times platinum certified in Australia (700,000 units plus) and its album “Making Mirrors” is triple platinum (210,000-plus), both representing high-points for an Australian artist last year.

All told, 17 awards were handed out to acts who had topped the singles, album and music DVD sales charts over the two years from August 2010 to August 2012.

According to trade body ARIA, Australian acts spent 64 weeks in the No. slot position during that time, while 85 Australian singles were awarded gold, platinum or multi-platinum status, and 73 Australian albums were accredited.