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:: Spotlight :: 2008 ARIA Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The one-thousand strong ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards voting academy has spoken! In what is arguably the most eclectic group of music artists to land on the ARIA nominations list, artists across 28 categories in the 2008 ARIA Awards were announced at a special industry gathering in Sydney recently. Again highlighting the depth and diversity of talent across all genres of the Australian music community, the nominations set up what will be an intriguing evening when the 2008 ARIA Awards, proudly brought to you by Motorola, rolls around on Sunday, October 19 at Acer Arena, Sydney Olympic Park.

A number of emerging Australian artists have received their first ever ARIA Award nominations, and the highlight is young 16-years-old Dandenong star GABRIELLA CILMI who has received six nominations. She is nominated for SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Sweet About Me), BEST FEMALE ARTIST, BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST – ALBUM, BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST – SINGLE, BEST POP RELEASE and HIGHEST SELLING SINGLE. Not bad for the young girl who toppled Madonna from the #1 position on the Motorola ARIA Chart – the youngest Australian solo artist ever to crack the top spot!

Already four ARIA Awards have been decided, as follows:

Best Cover Art - Jonathan Zawada - The Presets, Apocalypso (Modular/Universal Music Australia)

Best Video - Kris Moyes - The Presets, My People (Modular/Universal Music Australia)

Engineer of the Year - Matt Lovell - Shihad, Beautiful Machine (Warner Music NZ)

Producer of the Year - The Presets (Julian Hamilton & Kim Moyes) - The Presets, Apocalypso (Modular/Universal Music Australia

FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS

Best Classical Album – winner to be announced at ARIA Fine Arts Awards, Monday, September 29 at City Recital Hall in Sydney
Brett Dean and the Sydney Symphony - Brett Dean (Sydney Symphony Live)
Elena Kats-Chernin - Slow Food (Tall Poppies)
Richard Tognetti, Neal Peres Da Costa and Daniel Yeadon - Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard (ABC Classics)
Roger Woodward – Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue and Partitas (Celestial Harmonies/Planet/MGM)
Slava Grigoryan, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey conductor - Baroque Guitar Concertos (ABC Classics)

Best Jazz Album – winner to be announced at ARIA Fine Arts Awards, Monday, September 29 at City Recital Hall in Sydney
Andrea Keller – Footprints (ABC Jazz)
Deni Hines & James Morrison - The Other Woman (MRA Entertainment)
Grace Knight – Willow (ABC Jazz)
Joe Chindamo – Duende The Romantic Project (Jazzhead/MGM)
Mike Nock Project - Meeting Of The Waters (Jazzhead/MGM)
Oehlers/Grabowsky/Beck - Lost And Found (Jazzhead/MGM)

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album – winner to be announced at ARIA Fine Arts Awards, Monday, September 29 at City Recital Hall in Sydney
Cezary Skubiszewski - Night - Original Soundtrack (ORiGiN)
Chris Lilley - Summer Heights High (ABC Music)
The Cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical - Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical (Universal Music Australia)
Ben Lee & Jessica Chapnik - The Square: Original songs from and inspired by (Igloo Films/Inertia)
Various Artists - The Countdown Spectacular Live 2 (ABC Music/Liberation Music)

Best World Music Album – winner to be announced at ARIA Fine Arts Awards, Monday, September 29 at City Recital Hall in Sydney
Archie Roach - Journey (Liberation Music)
David Jones - Colours of the Drum (ABC Classics)
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Gurrumul (Skinnyfish Music/MGM)
Joseph Tawadros – Angel (Independent/Creative Vibes)
Watussi – Tequila Sangre Fuego (Knowfoowl/Inertia)

Highest Selling Single
Delta Goodrem - In This Life (Sony BMG)
Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet About Me (Mushroom Records/Warner Music Australia)
The Potbelleez - Don't Hold Back (Vicious/EMI)
The Veronicas – Untouched (Warner Music Australia)
The Veronicas - Hook Me Up (Warner Music Australia)

Highest Selling Album
David Campbell - The Swing Sessions 2 (Sony BMG)
Delta Goodrem – Delta (Sony BMG)
Guy Sebastian - The Memphis Album (Sony BMG)
The Veronicas - Hook Me Up (Warner Music Australia)
Tina Arena - Songs of Love and Loss (EMI)

Best Blues and Roots Album
Angus & Julia Stone - A Book Like This (Capitol/EMI)
Jeff Lang - Half Seas Over (ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)
Mia Dyson - Struck Down (Black Door Records/MGM)
The Audreys - When The Flood Comes (ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)
The Waifs - Sun Dirt Water (Jarrah Records/MGM)

Best Children’s Album
Hi-5 - Planet Earth (Deluxe Edition) (Sony BMG)
Jay Laga'aia - Come Dance And Sing (ABC Music)
Justine Clarke - Songs To Make You Smile (ABC Music)
The Fairies - Fairy Fun, Fun, Fun (ABC Music)
The Wiggles - You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (ABC Music)

Best Dance Release
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours (Modular/Universal Music Australia)
Mobin Master - Show Me Love (Safari Music/One Love Music/Sony BMG)
Pnau – Pnau (etc)
The Potbelleez - Don't Hold Back (Vicious/EMI)
The Presets – Apocalypso (Modular/Universal Music Australia)

Best Urban Release
A-Love - Ace Of Hearts (Crookneck Records/Shogun Distribution)
Bliss ‘n Eso - Flying Colours (Illusive Sounds)
Katalyst - What's Happening (Invada/Inertia)
Muph & Plutonic - … And Then Tomorrow Came (Obese Records)
Spit Syndicate - Towards The Light (Obese Records)
The Herd - Summerland (Elefant Traks/Inertia)

Best Independent Release
Ben Lee - Ripe (Inertia Recordings)
British India – Thieves (Flashpoint/Shock Entertainment)
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Gurrumul (Skinnyfish Music/MGM)
Lior - Corner Of An Endless Road (Independent/MGM)
Midnight Juggernauts - Dystopia (Siberia/Inertia)

Best Music DVD
Hilltop Hoods - City Of Light (Obese Records)
Paul Kelly - Live Apples (Capitol/EMI)
Powderfinger/Silverchair - Across the Great Divide (Universal Music Australia)
The John Butler Trio - Live At Federation Square (ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)
Wolfmother - Please Experience Wolfmother (Modular/Universal Music Australia)

Best Rock Album
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Primary Colours (Aarght/Shock Entertainment)
Faker - Be The Twilight (Capitol/EMI)
Gyroscope - Breed Obsession (Mushroom Records/Warner Music Australia)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Virgin/EMI)
The Living End - White Noise (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Clare Bowditch - The Moon Looked On (Capitol/EMI)
Jimmy Barnes - Out In the Blue (Liberation Music)
Katie Noonan – Skin (Mushroom Records/Warner Music Australia)
Robert Forster - The Evangelist(Capitol/EMI)
The Panics - Cruel Guards (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

Best Pop Release
Gabriella Cilmi - Lessons To Be Learned (Mushroom Records/Warner Music Australia)
Kylie Minogue – X (Mushroom Records/Warner Music Australia)
Operator Please - Yes Yes Vindictive (Virgin/EMI)
Sam Sparro - Black and Gold (Universal Music Australia)
The Veronicas - Hook Me Up (Warner Music Australia)

Best Comedy Release
Akmal - Akmal Live and Uncensored (A-List/ACMEC)
Matt Tilley - Gotcha Calls Three's a Crowd (Liberation Music)
Merrick & Rosso - Live and Totally Wrong! (EMI)
Shaun Micallef -The Expurgated Micallef Tonight: The Very Best of Shaun Micallef's Short-Lived but Brilliant Tonight (Shock Entertainment DVD)
The Umbilical Brothers - Don't Explain (A-List/ACMEC)

Best Country Album
Catherine Britt - Little WildFlower (ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Rattlin' Bones (Liberation Music)
Melinda Schneider - Be Yourself(destraMusic/Sony)
Sara Storer - Silver Skies (EMI)
The McClymonts - Chaos and Bright Lights (Universal Music Australia)

Breakthrough Artist – Single
Angus & Julia Stone - The Beast (Capitol/EMI)
Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet About Me (Mushroom Records/Warner Music Australia)
Sam Sparro - Black and Gold (Universal Music Australia)
The Panics - Don't Fight It (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)
The Potbelleez - Don't Hold Back (Vicious/EMI)

Breakthrough Artist – Album
Angus & Julia Stone - A Book Like This (Capitol/EMI)
Gabriella Cilmi - Lessons To Be Learned (Mushroom Records/Warner Music Australia)
Midnight Juggernauts - Dystopia (Siberia/Inertia)
Operator Please - Yes Yes Vindictive (Virgin/EMI)
Sam Sparro - Sam Sparro (Universal Music Australia)

Best Group
Angus & Julia Stone - A Book Like This (Capitol/EMI)
Faker - Be The Twilight (Capitol/EMI)
Silverchair - If You Keep Losing Sleep (Eleven/Virgin/EMI)
The Living End - White Noise (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)
The Presets – Apocalypso (Modular/Universal Music Australia)

Best Male Artist
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Gurrumul (Skinnyfish Music/MGM)
Nick Cave - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Virgin/EMI)
Paul Kelly - To Her Door (Live) (Capitol/EMI)
Pete Murray - Summer At Eureka (Columbia/Sony BMG)
Sam Sparro - Sam Sparro (Universal Music Australia)

Best Female Artist
Clare Bowditch - The Moon Looked On (Capitol/EMI)
Gabriella Cilmi - Lessons To Be Learned (Mushroom Records/Warner Music Australia)
Holly Throsby - A Loud Call (Spunk/Virgin)
Kylie Minogue – X (Mushroom Records/Warner Music Australia)
Missy Higgins – Peachy (Eleven/Virgin/EMI)

Single of the Year
Faker - This Heart Attack (Capitol/EMI)
Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet About Me (Mushroom Records/Warner Music Australia)
Sam Sparro - Black and Gold (Universal Music Australia)
The Living End - White Noise (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)
The Presets - My People (Modular/Universal Music Australia)

Album of the Year
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Gurrumul (Skinnyfish Music/MGM)
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Rattlin' Bones (Liberation Music)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Virgin/EMI)
The Living End - White Noise (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)
The Presets – Apocalypso (Modular/Universal Music Australia)

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**Update as at September 16, 2008**

MTV Networks Australia is on the look out for the uber fans of Sam Sparro, Gabriella Cilmi and The Living End to face them in the up close and personal music quiz show – MTV’s Fan vs Band. After its successful debut on www.mtv.com.au, MTV‘s Fan vs Band will make the leap to television when MTV visits the ARIAs for the very first time. Fan vs Band will feature as part of the exclusive coverage of the ARIA red carpet in the premiere of ‘MTV AT THE 2008 ARIA RED CARPET’ live at 6.30pm, Sunday October 19, 2008. Fans wanting to participate in the show and be a part of this television event can enter online from September 16, 2008.

The only game show to reward fans for their freaky artist knowledge, Fan vs Band, first arrived on the scene as part of the 2008 MTV Australia Awards. Juliette and The Licks, Wyclef Jean, The Potbelleez and Kisschasy all stepped up to the plate to face their biggest fan. The tongue in cheek quiz show soon became a talking point for the artists during their time in Australia. Now MTV takes the show to a bigger audience as part of ‘MTV AT THE 2008 ARIA RED CARPET’.

Fans willing to take the Fan vs Band challenge are encouraged to visit the MTV website to test their knowledge via an online quiz consisting of 12 multiple choice questions. The winning fans will be announced in the week leading up to the ARIAs and will be facing their celebrity opponent in front of the nation during ‘MTV AT THE 2008 ARIA RED CARPET’. The ‘Fan Vs Band’ showdown will air during the ‘MTV AT THE 2008 ARIA RED CARPET’ on MTV, Sunday October 19 at 6:30pm (AEST).

To watch how it works check out Wyclef Jean going head to head with his biggest fan here

The ‘MTV AT THE 2008 ARIA RED CARPET’ is sponsored by Toyota Yaris

‘MTV AT THE 2008 ARIA RED CARPET’ PREMIERES LIVE ON MTV AT 6:30PM (AEST), SUNDAY OCTOBER 19, 2008

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ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) is pleased to announce that P!nk is confirmed to perform her new single ‘So What’ live on stage at the 2008 ARIA Awards on Sunday, October 19, 2008 at Acer Arena, Sydney Olympic Park.

Since her debut in 2000, P!nk has been widely hailed as a talented artist and her genre-defying creative risk-taking has propelled her to stardom and made her Australia’s biggest selling international recording artist of 2006/7 with the 10 x platinum selling album, ‘I’m Not Dead’. In addition to the album sales success, the ‘I’m Not Dead’ 2007 Australian tour sold over 300,000 tickets and made P!nk the biggest-selling female touring artist in Australian history. Her new single, ‘So What’, debuted at No. 4 on the Motorola ARIA Chart recently.

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In addition to the confirmation of a very special performance by US star P!NK, the 2008 ARIA Awards will play host to performances by multiple nominees GABRIELLA CILMI, THE LIVING END, THE PRESETS and SAM SPARRO, with more live performances to be announced.

Dynamic duo HAMISH & ANDY will be making their hosting debut for the 2008 ARIA Awards alongside ARIA Awards veteran JAMES MATHISON.

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With the 2008 ARIA Awards, proudly presented by Motorola, just one week away, organisers are delighted to announce an exciting line-up of presenters who will join SAM SPARRO, THE LIVING END, GABRIELLA CILMI, THE PRESETS, FAKER, THE VERONICAS, GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU and P!NK to round out a dynamic night of entertainment on Sunday October 19 at Acer Arena.


ROVE McMANUS and MYF WARHURST are announced as presenters. Comedian CHRIS LILLEY will also join the presenter line-up. Already an ARIA Award winner in 2008, Lilley received the award for BEST SOUNDTRACK/CAST/SHOW ALBUM for the 4CD set release of cult hit television series Summer Heights High.

Singer RICKI-LEE will take to the ARIA Awards stage as will Irish crooner BRIAN McFADDEN. Multiple ARIA Award winner JOHN BUTLER will make a special appearance at the 2008 ARIA Awards fresh from a tour of the US and performances at the Lollapalooza festival.

They won their first ever ARIA Award in 2006 and now HUMAN NATURE return to the stage as presenters while VANESSA AMOROSI, whose hit album Somewhere in the Real World and platinum selling single Perfect has hit the right notes around the nation, will also appear at the 2008 ARIA Awards.

NATALIE BASSINGTHWAIGHTE will be right at home as a presenter for the 2008 ARIA Awards. With her debut solo album on track, the singer, actor, author and TV presenter has become a real all-rounder. 2007 ARIA Award winner JOSH PYKE will also take the stage as a presenter at the 2008 Awards. And lastly, P!NK will bestow the final awards of the night.

2008 ARIA AWARDS, proudly brought to you by Motorola, are on Sunday, October 19, 2008 at Acer Arena, Sydney Olympic Park.

Featuring live performances by GABRIELLA CILMI, SAM SPARRO, THE LIVING END, THE PRESETS, FAKER, THE VERONICAS, GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU and P!NK

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***Fine Arts Awards***

Best Classical Album
RICHARD TOGNETTI, NEAL PERES DA COSTA & DANIEL YEADON
Bach Sonatas for Violin & Keyboard
(ABC Classics)

Best Jazz Album
ANDREA KELLER
Footprints
(ABC Jazz)

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album
CHRIS LILLEY
Summer Heights High
(ABC Music)

Best World Music Album
GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU
Gurrumul
(Skinnyfish Music/MGM)

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Winners of the 2008 ARIA Awards:

  • Highest Selling Single - Gabriella Cilmi, Sweet About Me
  • Highest Selling Album - Delta Goodrem, Delta
  • Best Blues and Roots Album - The Audreys, When The Flood Comes
  • Best Children's Album - The Wiggles, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
  • Best Dance Release - The Presets, Apocalypso
  • Best Urban Album - Bliss 'n Eso, Flying Colours
  • Best Independent Release - Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Gurrumul
  • Best Music DVD - Powderfinger/Silverchair, Across the Great Divide
  • Best Rock Album - The Living End, White Noise
  • Best Adult Contemporary Album - The Panics, Cruel Guards
  • Best Pop Release - Gabriella Cilmi, Lessons To Be Learned
  • Best Comedy Release - Shaun Micallef, The Expurgated Micallef Tonight: The Very Best of Shaun Micallef's Short-Lived but Brilliant Tonight
  • Best Country Album - Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Rattlin' Bones
  • Breakthrough Artist: Single - Gabriella Cilmi, Sweet About Me
  • Breakthrough Artist: Album - Gabriella Cilmi, Lessons To Be Learned
  • Best Group - The Presets, Apocalypso
  • Best Male Artist - Nick Cave, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!
  • Best Female Artist - Gabriella Cilmi, Lessons To Be Learned
  • Single of the Year - Gabriella Cilmi, Sweet About Me
  • Album of the Year - The Presets, Apocalypso

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**Pictures from the event**

The Veronicas Pink
Ruby Rose Juke Katrel's Toby Rand
The Potbelleez
Ricki-Lee Coulter Nathan Sapsford & Fuzzy
The Grates Natalie Bassingthwaighte
The McClymonts April Rose Pengilly
The Living End
Lizzy Lovette Lisa Mitchell
Killaqueenz Michael & Lindy Klim
Katie Noonan Kaz James
Josh Pyke Hamish & Andy
Bliss N Eso
Pink performing at ARIA Awards
Pink
Gabriella Cilmi with her award The Presets with their award
The Audreys with their award
Bliss N Eso with their award
For more information, visit

www.ariaawards.com.au