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:: Spotlight :: 2005 ARIA Awards - winners & pictures

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

It was a huge night for the Australian music industry with the staging of the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards recently. Held at the Sydney Superdome, the result was gratifying in the salutation of some of the hard-working performers of the last twelve months with well deserved awards. Multiple award winners were Missy Higgins (five categories) and Ben Lee (three categories). It says something for their creative songwriting skills and dedication that voters recognised their efforts in a big way. Others rewarded were Grinspoon (first win in ten years), Eskimo Joe (long under-estimated), Mia Dyson (one of Melbourne's hardest working performers), and Daniel Merriweather (despite not getting much attention by local media on the night, those in the know recognise his tremendous talent in the R&B scene). Other great wins occurred for Perth band End of Fashion, dance act Infusion (two years in a row), Anthony Callea, and the legendary Jimmy Barnes for his deserved place, as a solo artist, in the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Jimmy‘s speech was one of the highlights, as were his and all the other live performances. The show was well produced and there was hardly a dry eye in the place when Neil Finn, in a special guest appearance, stepped up to the microphone to pay tribute to the late Paul Hester (Neil's Crowded House colleague) with a poignant rendition of 'Better Be Home Soon’.

Here is the full list of winners, including those announced prior to the main ceremony.

Album of the Year - Missy Higgins, The Sound Of White (Eleven/Virgin)

Single of the Year - Ben Lee, Catch My Disease (Ten Fingers/Inertia)

Breakthrough Artist - Album - Missy Higgins, The Sound Of White (Eleven/Virgin)

Breakthrough Artist - Single - End Of Fashion, O Yeah! (EMI)

Best Group - Eskimo Joe, Older Than You (FMR)

Best Male Artist - Ben Lee, Awake Is The New Sleep (Ten Fingers/Inertia)

Best Female Artist - Missy Higgins, The Sound Of White (Eleven/Virgin)

Best Rock Album - Grinspoon, Thrills Kills And Sunday Pills (Universal)

Best Country Album - Keith Urban, Be Here (Capitol/EMI)

Best Blues and Roots Album - Mia Dyson, Parking Lots (Black Door Records/MGM)

Best Children's Album - The Wiggles, Live Hot Potatoes (ABC Kids)

Best Dance Release - Infusion, Six Feet Above Yesterday (SonyBMG)

Best Urban Release - Daniel Merriweather, She's Got Me (FMR)

Best Adult Contemporary Album - The Go-Betweens, Oceans Apart (Capitol/EMI)

Best Pop Release - Missy Higgins, The Sound Of White (Eleven/Virgin)

Best Independent Release - Ben Lee, Awake Is The New Sleep (Ten Fingers/Inertia)

Best Comedy Release - Tripod, Middleborough Road (Liberation)

Best Music DVD - Jet, Right Right Right (Capitol/EMI)

Highest Selling Album - Missy Higgins, The Sound of White (Eleven/Virgin)

Highest Selling Single - Anthony Callea, The Prayer (SonyBMG)

ARIA Awards Hall of Fame Inductee - Jimmy Barnes

Best Classical Album - Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Sanctuary

Best Jazz Album - Paul Grabowsky and Katie Noonan Before Time Could Change Us

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album - Severed Heads The Illustrated Family Doctor

Best World Music Album - Monsieur Camembert Monsieur Camembert

Producer of the Year- David Nicholas Drag The Way Out

Best Video - Ben Quinn for End Of Fashion's O Yeah

Best Cover Art - Ben Lee, Lara Meyerratken, Dan Estabrook for Ben Lee's Awake Is The New Sleep

Engineer of the Year - Matt Lovell for The Mess Hall's Notes From A Ceiling

Pictures from the Red Carpet, Media Room, and after-party

Jimmy Barnes and family Jade Macrae
Jabba in the radio Nova bed David Campbell in the Nova bed
Missy Higgins Rogue Traders
Sophie Monk Ben Lee (left) and Lior
Jimmy Barnes with his Hall of Fame Award Anthony Callea won for Highest Selling Single
Grinspoon won Best Rock Album Daniel Merriweather won Best Urban Release
Missy Higgins won 5 ARIA Awards Jimmy Barnes
special international guest David Hasselhoff Sarah McLeod (right) and friends at after-party
model/presenter Ali Mutch Ali and friends
For more information, visit

www.aria.com.au