Indie singer Meg Mac has stunned the AFL world with a pair of enormous performances on the AFL’s night of nights.
As the AFL world came together for the 2023 Brownlow Medal, the singer known personally as Megan McInerney began belting out her 2015 hit “Never Be”, and sending the football world into meltdown.
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Wearing a long-sleeved sparkling silver maxi dress with retro shoulder pads, Mac got almost universal approval from audiences, before following up later in the night with her 2014 song “Roll Up Your Sleeves”.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s Sydney editor, Michael Koziol, said: “They should get Meg Mac to sing the votes for each round.”
Mac sprung to prominence in 2013 after her single “Known Better” blew up through Triple J’s Unearthed, being named Unearthed Artist of the Year in 2014.
“Never Be”, her choice of song to open the night, was her first top 50 chart appearance, and earned her two ARIA nominations in 2015.
The song proceeded to hit number 11 in the year’s Triple J Hottest 100.
She has recently concluded a national tour alongside her 2022 single, “On Your Mind”.
Triple M’s Kate McCarthy simply said: “Three votes Meg Mac.”
The AFL’s Gemma Bastiani said it was “absolute perfection”, while St Kilda communications manager Clair White said the fact that Mac followed a speech from articulate Collingwood captain Darcy Moore felt “just right”.
It came ahead of a stunning Charlie heist for Brisbane co-captain Lachie Neale, reeling in a mid-season Nick Daicos lead to pinch the top spot with the very last game of the count in a thrilling vote.
The night saw the Dogs’ Marcus Bontempelli and Melbourne’s Christian Petracca all in contention for the most prized individual award in football, but it was the 2020 winner picking up a second Medal to add to his three All-Australians and five club best-and-fairests.
Neale entered the night as the fifth favourite to capture the AFL’s highest individual honour but quickly flipped the markets on their heads with his early voting spree.
Neale drew level in the second last round before edging clear with the final votes of the night as he finished on 31 votes, two clear of Marcus Bontempelli on 29 with Daicos third on 28.