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:: Spotlight :: 2004 ARIA Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The 18th annual Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards were held on a Sunday this time. It meant that Monday became write-off day. Again held at the Sydney Superdome, credit goes to the production staff and organisers who, with a difficult lead-up, did a fine job in staging the event.

The Red Carpet is always an interesting time for most, bemusing to others. The spectators lapped it all up, especially for the Australian Idol mob. There were enough of them, two year's worth of contestants, to keep the young ones in the public gallery happy. We'll have a wrap of some of the Red Carpet talk soon. We gathered a few comments. Jet's Nic Cester said his highlight of the year was simply coming back home this time. Our good friend Emmanuel Carella has his debut album out soon and can't wait to get back amongst the promotional/performance action. Fellow Liberation artist Kate Alexa had a great time talking amongst the fans.

Tyrone Noonan had some interesting remarks about george being nominated in the Best Adult Contemporary category. Jebediah seemed very content with the current state of play in terms of the business side of their career. Dan Kelly and Chris Cheney (The Living End) were pleased with the way 2004 has gone for them. Jimmy Barnes and his family enjoyed the chatter on the carpet - daughter Mahalia expressed great enthusiasm about her upcoming recording. It was good to catch up with many others including young Eran James, Selwyn, J Wess, Killing Heidi, Bernard Fanning from Powderfinger, Pete Murray, John Butler, Delta Goodrem, and overseas artists The Black Eyed Peas, amongst many other guests.

Then there was the After-party. This time, for many guests, the party was brought into the city with The Establishment hosting the proceedings. The location seemed fine, very central, but the venue has several levels and many guests spent an eternity queueing for a lift to the various levels. With only two lifts operating, it meant long delays. However, the party was a good opportunity, as always, to meet up with the artists, managers, etc. It was interesting to observe who were the stayers as the hours went past and daylight approached, although most people's observations became cloudy after a while. It wrapped up another ARIA Awards event.

The winners:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Jet ‘Get Born’ (EMI)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Jet ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ (EMI)

BEST GROUP
Jet ‘Get Born’ (EMI)

BEST MALE ARTIST
John Butler ‘Sunrise Over Sea’ (Jarrah/MGM)

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Kasey Chambers ‘Wayward Angel’ (EMI)

HIGHEST SELLING SINGLE
Guy Sebastian – Angels Brought Me Here (BMG)

HIGHEST SELLING ALBUM
Delta Goodrem – Innocent Eyes (Sony)

BEST POP RELEASE
Missy Higgins ‘Scar’ (Eleven/EMI)

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Jet ‘Get Born’ (EMI)

BEST URBAN RELEASE
Koolism ‘Part 3 Random Thoughts’ (Invada/Inertia)

BEST BLUES & ROOTS ALBUM
John Butler Trio ‘Sunrise Over Sea’ (Jarrah/MGM)

BEST DANCE RELEASE
Infusion ‘Girls Can Be Cruel’ (BMG)

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Kasey Chambers ‘Wayward Angel’ (EMI)

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Paul Kelly ‘Ways & Means’ (EMI)

BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM
Hi-5 ‘Holiday’ (Sony)

BEST COMEDY RELEASE
Scared Weird Little Guys ‘Bits and Pieces’ (Shock)

BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE
John Butler Trio ‘Sunrise Over Sea’ (Jarrah/MGM)

BEST MUSIC DVD
Midnight Oil ‘Best Of Both Worlds’ (ABC)

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST – ALBUM
Jet ‘Get Born’ (EMI)

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST – SINGLE
Jet Are You Gonna Be My Girl (EMI)

Fine Arts Awards – winners announced Tuesday, October 12

BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM
Teddy Tahu Rhodes ‘The Voice’ (ABC)

BEST JAZZ ALBUM
The Necks ‘Drive By’ (Fish of Milk/Shock)

BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK/CAST/SHOW RECORDING
David Bridie ‘Nautical Forlorn’ (Mana)

BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM
Seaman Dan ‘Perfect Pearl’ (Hot)

Artisan Awards – winners announced Thursday, September 12

BEST COVER ART
James Hackett for ‘The Dissociatives’ by The Dissociatives (Eleven/EMI)

BEST VIDEO
James Hackett for ‘Somewhere Down The Barrel’ by The Dissociatives (Eleven/EMI)

ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Paul McKercher for ‘A Song Is A City’ by Eskimo Joe (FMR)

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Paul McKercher and Eskimo Joe for ‘A Song Is A City’ by Eskimo Joe (FMR)

ARIA HALL OF FAME
Little River Band

See our Red Carpet pictures here

For more information, visit

www.aria.com.au