The first batch of acts vying for Australian Album of the Year at the 2012 J Awards were announced recently on triple j Breakfast with Tom & Alex. The 2012 Unearthed Artist of the Year and The Music Video of the Year nominees have also been announced.

Out of the five nominees, two of the acts – The Rubens & Alpine – are being noticed for the debut long-players. Hermitude pick up their first nomination for their fourth album Hyper Paradise. Ball Park’s nomination comes just a year after their first, for their debut Happiness & Surrounding Suburbs and Tame Impala follow up their 2010 J Award win for Innerspeaker with another nod for their sophomore Lonerism.

Kingswood, Flume, The Rubens, Chance Waters and Thelma Plum have all picked up nominations for the 2012 Unearthed Artist of the Year. 

Six clips are set to battle it out for Music Video of the Year at this year’s J Award’s. The crew behind videos for the likes of Alpine, Gotye, Flight Facilities, Kirin J Callinan, Bertie Blackman and Hilltop Hoods are all in the mix ahead of the November 23 awards ceremony.

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