Ruby Hunter | NIMA Hall of Fame Inductee 2020
Ruby Hunter was an international singer, songwriter who performed with her lifetime talented partner, Archie Roach. They toured and performed to sell-out crowds worldwide, and made life time friendships wherever they went. Known to Australians as ‘Auntie Ruby’, she was and still is an inspiration to her all people. She was an advocate against domestic violence, and a voice for the stolen generation. She and Archie raised over 30 Aboriginal foster children, at their own expense, and taught them to take pride in their heritage, and achieve a successful life. Ruby Hunter’s Dream was to provide opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and grass roots people in the way of studys, art, culture, music, dance, film making, and theatre, in the hope of securing a successful career in the entertainment industry. She was inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame in 2020.
The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards and have been celebrating Australian music for nearly two decades.
The NIMAs showcase the rich musical landscape of Australia and highlight the music coming from all corners of the country. The Awards bring together acts who are yet to make their mark on the world alongside those who have achieved international acclaim, such as Gurrumul & Jessica Mauboy.
Held annually under the stars at Darwin’s historic Amphitheatre, The NIMAS bring audiences from all over Australia together to applaud the winners, enjoy the performances and soak up the ambiance of a night for music lovers of all ages and all cultures. Musicians such as Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, The Tableland Drifters, Warren H. Williams and Arnhem Land rockstars Saltwater Band have performed and won awards as well.
The NIMAs are a special celebration of Indigenous music: a family friendly, not-to-be-missed event in the Darwin entertainment calendar and the Australian music calendar.
In 2020 due to COVID-19 they were broadcasted on Australian TV and online.