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Briggs a hip-hop star on the rise

Shepparton rapper Briggs has been been recognised with the best new talent award at the National Indigenous Music Awards.

ESTELLE GRIEPINK August 18, 2014 3:17am

Briggs won the best new talent award at the National Indigenous Music Awards. Picture: Paz Tassone


Shepparton hip-hop artist Briggs has been named Australia’s best new talent at the National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin.

The former Shepparton High School and Wanganui Park Secondary College student said his hectic schedule recording and promoting his upcoming album Sheplife meant he had not been focused on winning an award.

‘‘When I’m making tunes, winning awards never really crosses my mind,’’ Briggs said.

‘‘But that’s not to say I’m not thankful — I appreciate the NIMAs for taking the time to recognise the work that I have put in.’’

Friday’s ceremony saw Briggs rub shoulders with acclaimed Indigenous artists such as Jessica Mauboy, who won national artist of the year, and Dan Sultan, who took out national album, song and cover art of the year.

‘‘The night was really good and it was good to catch up with people like Dan Sultan,’’ he said. ‘‘I pretty much knew everyone there so it was a good catch up session for myself and everyone else who was there.’’

Briggs said he was pleased national awards like the NIMAs were taking notice of hip-hop music.

‘‘It’s a good indication of where hip-hop itself is going as a genre and it’s great that it’s being recognised nationally as a vital part of the music industry,’’ he said.

Briggs’ third record Sheplife is out this Friday.

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