It's been a huge year for Aussie music and today comes the announcement of the prestigious Australian Music Prize longlist.

"This year the quantity of Australian albums has really increased, but along with that, so has the quality,” says AMP judge and Hoodoo Gurus frontman Dave Faulkner

"The judges have been blown away by the number of albums that we’ve discovered for ourselves as part of this process. The reality that the Australian Music Prize can be a recognition of the winner, but also a platform for music-lovers everywhere to discover new records without the shackles of genre and format is so exciting."

A total of 86 releases have made 2018 longlist, which will see the winner announced in March and be awarded a whopping $30,000 in prize money.

This year's nominees include the likes of Courtney Barnett, Gurrumul, Amy Shark, DZ Deathrays, Mojo Juju, Troye Sivan, Confidence Man, Emma Louise, Kasey Chambers, Evelyn Ida Morris (who is nominated for two albums), The Goon Sax, Matt Corby, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Sarah Blasko.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

Australian Music Prize 2018 Longlist

Abbe May - Fruit

Alice Ivy - I'm Dreamin

Alice Skye - Friends With Feelings

Amy Shark - Love Monster

Barney McAll feat. Monash Art Ensemble - Zephyrix

Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends

Cash Savage & the Last Drinks - Good Citizens

Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts - Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts

Confidence Man - Confident Music for Confident People

Cosmo's Midnight - What Comes Next

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Dark Fair - Off Into My Head

Dead Can Dance - Dionysus

Deaf Wish - Lithium Zion

DZ Deathrays - Bloody Lovely

East Brunswick All Girls Choir - Teddywaddy

Emily Wurramara - Milyakburra

Emma Louise - Lilac Everything: A Project By Emma Louise

Evelyn Ida Morris - Evelyn Ida Morris

Evelyn Ida Morris - Acute Misfortune

Flowertruck - Mostly Sunny

Fraser A Gorman - Easy Dazy

Freya Josephine Hollick - Feral Fusion

Gabriella Cohen - Pink Is The Colour Of Unconditional Love

The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking

Grand Salvo - Sea Glass

Gregor - Silver Drop

Gurrumul - Djarimirri

High Tension - Purge

Hockey Dad - Blend Inn

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders - Blue Poles

Jack River - Sugar Mountain

Jethro Pickett - France

Jonathan Zwartz - Animarum (Expanded Edition)

Joseph Tawadros - The Bluebird, The Mystic & The Fool

Joyride - Sunrise Chaser

Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples - Campfire

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Gumboot Soup

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes - Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music

Laura Jean - Devotion

Loose Tooth - Keep Up

Lowtide - Southern Mind

LUCIANBLOMKAMP - Sick Of What I Don't Understand (Pts 1 - 3)

Luke Howard - Open Heart Story

The Lulu Raes - LULU

Marlon Williams  - Make Way For Love 

Matt Corby - Rainbow Valley

Mia Dyson - If I Said Only So Far I Take It Back 

Middle Kids - Lost Friends

Mojo Juju - Native Tongue

The Moles - Code Word

Morning Harvey - With The Pinstripes

The Necks - Body

Ned Collette - Old Chestnut

New War - COIN

The Ocean Party - The Oddfellows Hall

Odette - To A Stranger

Oh Pep! - I Wasn't Only Thinking About You...

Padma Newsome - The Vanity of Trees

Perry Keyes - Jim Salmon’s Lament

Peter Bibby - Grand Champion

The Presets - Hi Viz

Primitive Motion - House in the Wave

Psycroptic - As The Kingdom Drowns

The Putbacks - The Putbacks

Rabbit Island - Deep in the Big

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs

Ryan Downey - Running

Sam Anning - Across A Field As Vast As One

Sarah Blasko - Depth Of Field

Sarah Mary Chadwick - Sugar Still Melts In The Rain

Setec - Atrial Flutters (Or Raise Yr Hand If Yr Afraid)

Shepparton Airplane - Almurta

Southeast Desert Metal - Break The Silence

Space Invadas - Wild World

Steve Barry Quartet - Blueprints & Vignettes

Straight Arrows - On Top

SURFING - Incubo

Tangents - New Bodies

Tape/Off - Broadcast Park

Tia Gostelow - Thick Skin

Tom Noonan - Pas de Deux

Tori Forsyth - Dawn Of The Dark

Totally Mild - Her

Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace

Troye Sivan - Bloom

William Crighton - Empire

Previous prize winners have included Barnett, Sampa The Great, and AB Original. AB Original's Briggs shares what winning the prize meant to him in the video below.

Mona Foma
Launceston, Launceston
Camp Cope, Courtney Barnett
Pint Club, Marrara
Camp Cope, Courtney Barnett
Tanks Arts Centre, Edge Hill
Laneway Festival- Brisbane
Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
Laneway Festival- Sydney
Callan Park, Rozelle
Laneway Festival - Adelaide
Harts Mill, Port Adelaide
Laneway Festival- Melbourne
Footscray Park, Footscray
Mountain Sounds
Mt Penang Gardens, Kariong