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:: Spotlight :: 2007 ARIA Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi & Angela Dewan

The Final Nominations were recently announced for the 2007 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards. This is the 21st year for the annual awards.

Here is the complete list, including the awards already decided.

2007 ARIA AWARDS ARTISAN WINNERS
Best Cover Art
Wally De Backer for Gotye's Mixed Blood

Best Video
Paul Goldman & Alice Bell for Silverchair's Straight Lines

Engineer of the Year
Wayne Connolly for Josh Pyke's Memories & Dust

Producer of the Year
Wayne Connolly & Josh Pyke for Josh Pyke's Memories & Dust

NOMINATIONS

Best Classical Album – winner to be announced at ARIA Fine Arts Awards, October 15
Accademia Arcadia – Trio Sonatas
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – Arvo Volmer – Sculthorpe Requiem and Orchestral Works
Michael Kieran Harvey - Carl Vine: Piano Music 1990-2006
Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra – Bach Violin Concertos
Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan – Impressions
State Opera of SA, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Asher Fisch - Wagner: Das Rheingold

Best Jazz Album – winner to be announced at ARIA Fine Arts Awards, October 15
Alister Spence Trio – Mercury
Andrea Keller Quartet - Little Claps
Joe Chindamo and Graeme Lyall – Smokingun
Mark Isaacs – Resurgence
Mike Nock & Dave Liebman – Duologue

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album – winner to be announced at ARIA Fine Arts Awards, October 15
Choir of Hard Knocks – Choir of Hard Knocks
David Bridie – Gone
David Bridie -The Circuit
Monsieur Camembert – Famous Blue Cheese
Various - The Countdown Spectacular Live

Best World Music Album – winner to be announced at ARIA Fine Arts Awards, October 15
Coco’s Lunch – Blueprint
Coda – Calling Mission Mu
Joseph Tawadros – Epiphany
Not Drowning Waving - Maps for Sonic Adventures
Zulya – 3 Nights

Best Blues and Roots Album
Ash Grunwald – Give Signs
CW Stoneking - King Hokum
Jeff Lang and Chris Whitley - Dislocation Blues
John Butler Trio – Grand National
Xavier Rudd – White Moth

Best Children’s Album
Bindi Irwin – Bindi Kid Fitness with Steve Irwin and The Crocmen
Christine Anu – Chrissy’s Island Family
Coco’s Lunch - Rat Trap Snap
Hi-5 – Wow!
The Fairies – Fairy Beach
The Wiggles – Pop Go The Wiggles

Best Dance Release
Gotye – Mixed Blood
Hook’n’Sling & Kid Kenobi – The Bump
Sneaky Sound System – Sneaky Sound System
PoxyMusic – She Bites
TV Rock vs Dukes of Windsor – The Others

Best Urban Release
Bliss N Eso – Day Of The Dog
Foreign Heights - Get Yours Remix
Hilltop Hoods – The Hard Road Restrung
Jackson Jackson – The Fire Is On The Bird
Justice and Kaos – Turn It On

Best Independent Release
Gotye – Mixed Blood
Hilltop Hoods – The Hard Road Restrung
John Butler Trio – Grand National
Sneaky Sound System – Sneaky Sound System
Wolf & Cub – Vessels

Best Music DVD
Kisschasy – Kisschasy The Movie
The Grates – Till Death Do Us Party
The Living End – Live at Festival Hall
Various - The Countdown Spectacular
You Am I – Who Are They, These Rock Stars? Live At The Mint

Best Rock Album
Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild
Grinspoon – Alibis & Other Lies
Jet – Shine On
Powderfinger – Dream Days At The Hotel Existence
Silverchair – Young Modern

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Art of Fighting – Runaways
Josh Pyke – Memories & Dust
Lisa Miller – Morning in the Bowl of Night
New Buffalo – Somewhere Anywhere
Paul Kelly – Stolen Apples

Best Pop Release
Evermore – Light Surrounding You
Kate Miller-Heidke – Little Eve
Missy Higgins – On A Clear Night
Operator Please - Just A Song About Ping Pong
Sarah Blasko – What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have

Best Comedy Release
Dave Hughes – Live
Lano and Woodley – Goodbye
Rodney Rude – Frog Sack
The 12th Man – Boned!
Tripod - Songs From Self Saucing

Best Country Album
Gina Jeffreys – Walks Of Life
James Blundell - Ring Around The Moon
Keith Urban – Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing
Lou Bradley – Love Someone
The Greencards – Veridian

Breakthrough Artist – Single
Damien Leith – Night Of My Life
Kate Miller-Heidke – Words
Operator Please - Just A Song About Ping Pong
Small Mercies – Innocent
Something With Numbers – Apple Of The Eye (Lay Me Down)

Breakthrough Artist – Album
Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild
Expatriate – In the Midst Of This
Josh Pyke – Memories & Dust
Kate Miller-Heidke – Little Eve
Sneaky Sound System – Sneaky Sound System

Best Group
Eskimo Joe – Sarah
Powderfinger – Dream Days At The Hotel Existence
Silverchair – Young Modern
Sneaky Sound System – Sneaky Sound System
Wolfmother – The Joker And The Thief

Best Male Artist
Dan Kelly – Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth
Gotye – Mixed Blood
John Butler – Grand National
Josh Pyke – Memories & Dust
Paul Kelly – Stolen Apples

Best Female Artist
Kasey Chambers – Carnival
Kate Miller-Heidke – Little Eve
Katie Noonan – Time To Begin
Missy Higgins – On A Clear Night
Sarah Blasko – What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have

Single of the Year
Architecture In Helsinki – Heart It Races
John Butler Trio – Funky Tonight
Powderfinger – Lost And Running
Silverchair – Straight Lines
Sneaky Sound System – UFO
Wolfmother – Joker And The Thief

Album of the Year
Gotye – Mixed Blood
John Butler Trio – Grand National
Powderfinger – Dream Days At The Hotel Existence
Silverchair – Young Modern
Sneaky Sound System – Sneaky Sound System

The 2007 ARIA Awards is proudly presented by Motorola and occurs on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at the Acer Arena, Olympic Park, Homebush, NSW.

As you can see, deserved nominations for the band Sneaky Sound System who have received great recognition with six ARIA nominations. I am particularly pleased that they scooped the pool of nominations after a fantastic last twelve months. John Butler Trio did well to received five nominations and rock bands Silverchair and Powderfinger emerged with four nominations each.

This year’s nominees range far and wide in the Australian musical landscape from some of those names listed immediately above, to creative and growing artists like Gotye, Josh Pyke, Kate Miller-Heidke, Jackson Jackson, and Operator Please.

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**Update as at October 22, 2007**

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Motorola’s Artist of the Month initiative supports local and international talent every month, including Grinspoon, Rhianna, Sneaky Sound System, Bloc Party, Thirsty Merc Amy Winehouse and more. March saw Motorola launch Silverchair’s multi-platinum album ‘Young Modern’ at an exclusive event in Sydney. Last week, Motorola held a live and intimate Good Charlotte gig to kick off the bands Australian tour in conjunction with Optus.

Motorola’s dedication to Australian music is also highlighted through the partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), supporting Australian artists across all genres, ensuring your music is number one. Keep your eyes glued to the website to ensure you don’t miss out on upcoming events and showcases!

The winner of the MOTOROLA HOTTEST PERFORMANCE will have their artists’ clip played on Channel Ten’s Video Hits on Saturday, November 3.

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**Presenters announced for ceremony**

ARIA is proud to announce performers and presenters who will take part in the 2007 ARIA Awards to be held at Acer Arena, Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday, October 28, 2007 and will be exclusively telecast by broadcast partner Network Ten from 8.30pm that night with a 30 minute Red Carpet special to air at 7.00pm.

With live performances already announced by POWDERFINGER, SILVERCHAIR, JOHN BUTLER TRIO, MISSY HIGGINS and SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM, organisers can confirm that multiple ARIA nominee GOTYE (pronounced Gore-ti-yeah!) will perform live at the awards. The multi-talented musician, writer and producer GOTYE (aka Wally de Backer), has scored 4 ARIA Award nominations (Best Male Artist, Best Independent Release, Best Dance Release and Album of the Year plus 2 Artisan Award nominations) for ‘Mixed Blood’, a remix album of songs from his extraordinarily successful sophomore release ‘Like Drawing Blood’.

The captivating KATE MILLER-HEIDKE whose debut album ‘Little Eve’ landed her 4 ARIA Award nominations (plus 1 Artisan Award nomination) - in the categories of Best Female Artist, Breakthrough Artist – Single, Breakthrough Artist – Album and Best Pop Release - will bring her unique style to the ARIA Awards stage. With a national tour slated for November / December, the divine Ms Kate Miller-Heidke will be one to watch at the 2007 ARIA Awards.

Formed at Elenora High (Gold Coast, QLD) in 2005 during chess class, young upstarts OPERATOR PLEASE will ditch their school uniforms to perform live at the ARIA Awards. Nominated twice (Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist – Single + 1 Artisan Award) for the infuriatingly catchy single ‘Just A Song About Ping Pong’, the song hit number 12 on the ARIA chart here and number 1 on the UK MTV chart.

Host ROVE McMANUS will be joined on stage by JAMES MATHISON and guest presenters including DELTA GOODREM, DARREN HAYES, BEN LEE, CRAIG REUCASSEL, CHRIS TAYLOR and DAVE HUGHES.

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**Full list of winners**

Album of the Year: Silverchair - Young Modern

Best Group: Silverchair - Young Modern

Best Male Artist: Gotye - Mixed Blood

Best Female Artist: Missy Higgins - On A Clear Night

Single of the Year: Silverchair - Straight Lines

Best Pop Release: Sarah Blasko - What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have

Best Independent Release: The John Butler Trio - Grand National

Best Urban Release: Hilltop Hoods - The Hard Road Restrung

Best Comedy Release: Dave Hughes - Live

Best Country Album: Keith Urban - Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing

Breakthrough Artist - Single: Operator Please - Just A Song About Ping Pong

Breakthrough Artist - Album: Sneaky Sound System - Sneaky Sound System

Best Blues and Roots Album: The John Butler Trio - Grand National

Best Children's Album: The Wiggles - Pop Go The Wiggles

Best Dance Release: Sneaky Sound System - Sneaky Sound System

Highest Selling Single: Silverchair - Young Modern

Highest Selling Album: Damien Leith - The Winner's Journey (Sony BMG)

Best Music DVD: You Am I - Who Are They, These Rock Stars? Live At The Mint

Best Rock Album: Silverchair - Young Modern

Best Adult Contemporary Artist: Josh Pyke - Memories & Dust

Best Cover Art: Aaron Hayward & David Homer (Debaser) - Powderfinger - Dream Days At The Hotel Existence

Best Video: Paul Goldman & Alice Bell - Silverchair - Straight Lines

Engineer of the Year: Wayne Connolly - Josh Pyke - Memories & Dust

Producer of the Year: Wayne Connolly & Josh Pyke - Josh Pyke - Memories & Dust

Best Classical Album: Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra - Bach Violin Concertos

Best Jazz Album: Mike Nock & Dave Liebman - Duologue

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album: Choir of Hard Knocks - Choir of Hard Knocks

Best World Music Album: Zulya - 3 Nights

ARIA Hall of Fame: Nick Cave

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**ARIA Awards report by our reporter Angela Dewan**

This annual glitzy day of glam and good music had a shaky start on this fine Sunday at the Acer Arena. Former Australian Idol contestant Ricki Lee Coulter was to bust out of her limo and sing and dance down the red carpet to open the event. Instead, her shoe decided to fall off, the music was stopped and she had to start again. Second time lucky, she pulled off an energetic performance with her new single Love is All Around.

Australia’s cream of the crop musicians and other celebrities made their way down the carpet in style. Standing out on the day were twins The Veronicas who paraded their naughty devil and angel outfits, one in black and one in white. A swarm of photographers yelled out their names in hope the two would look into their cameras to strike a cheeky pose, which they do very well.

Arriving with nominee and winner, Keith Urban, was the striking Nicole Kidman who had everyone’s immediate attention. Of course, model Megan Gale received plenty of attention also.

Hip hop acts the Hilltop Hoods and Bliss n Eso gave the red carpet fans and radio stations some beat-boxing and MCing, while comedian David Hughes cracked a few jokes. Rockwiz host Julia Zemiro was asked if she would consider posing for a men’s magazine, to which she replied “no because that magazine stands for everything I’m morally opposed to.”

Australia’s recent success story, Kate Miller-Heidke, joined Ben Lee on the red carpet in her signature style of tights under a dress and Pat Benatar-like eye make-up.

The excitement continued inside as the performances took off. Some highlights were Sneaky Sound System performing a medley of their chart toppers, and Keith Urban teamed up with the John Butler Trio to deliver a very special collaboration of Funky Tonight.

Operator Police gave a fun, dynamic performance of their Song About Ping Pong, which won them the the award for Best Breakthrough Artist - Single. Lead singer Amandah Wilkinson said she wrote the song in her head walking down the street. “I mushed it all up together. It’s not deep. It is what it is.”

The Hilltop Hoods took the ARIA for Best Urban Release but said, “we would like to see hip hop in its own category next year.”

Missy Higgins was awarded Best Female Artist for her album On a Clear Night, and a softly spoke Sarah Blasko won Best Pop Release for What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have.

A memorable performance was given by Gotye, who later picked up the Best Male Artist award for his album Mixed Blood. Gotye performed on the drums, singing at the same time with a solid band supporting him. His album brings a refreshing sound to Australian music as does Kate Miller-Heidke who has an almost Kate Bush style of performing.

Sneaky Sound System’s self-titled album won them the ARIA for the Best Breakthrough Artist - Album and also the Best Dance Release. Later that night, an intoxicated Daniel Johns of Silverchair commented, “How about Sneaky Sound System? Their songs are so catchy. Once you’ve got one in your head, your f**ked!”

Sneaky Sound System revealed a chip on their shoulder as Mediasearch asked how much vocalist Connie had contributed to the group's success. A defensive Marcus replied “derr,” and Damon replied “what do you want me to say? 85%? Then it’s 85%. Of course she’s brought a lot to the group, she’s incredible.”

Nick Cave was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and condemned the organisers for not including his band the Bad Seeds. He continued to condemn the Australian music industry for not embracing underground music but acknowledged that it is improving.

Silverchair was truly the highlight of the night making Australian history. The group won awards for the Highest Selling Single and Single of the Year with Straight Lines, the Best Rock Album for Young Modern, Best Group and lastly Album of the Year, tallying five ARIAs for the night, and they now have the most awards in the history of the ARIAs.

As the band realised what they had achieved, front man Daniel Johns asked if they had won “even more than Midnight Oil? And Barnsey? AC/DC?” Yes, that’s right Silverchair. Even more than AC/DC. Well done!

The Veronicas on the red carpet
Silverchair in the media room
Operator Please in the media room
Nick Cave in the media room
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www.ariaawards.com.au