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:: Spotlight :: 2011 ARIA Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) recently announced the Nominees in all categories along with the details of the 2011 ARIA Awards to be staged at Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, on Sunday, November 27 2011. Also announced were the winners in four ARIA ARTISAN AWARD categories, four ARIA FINE ARTS categories and BEST MUSIC DVD - the first of many artists to be acknowledged by their peers for their creative contributions over the preceding twelve months.

NOMINATIONS

Album of the Year
Boy & Bear – Moonfire (Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Cut Copy – Zonoscope (Modular Recordings)
Eskimo Joe - Ghosts of the Past (Warner Music Australia)
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Rrakala (Skinnyfish Music/MGM Distribution)
Grinderman – 2 (Mute/EMI Music Australia)

Single of the Year
Birds of Tokyo - Wild at Heart (EMI Music Australia)
Boy & Bear - Feeding Line (Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Drapht- Rapunzel (The Ayems/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra) (Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)
Guy Sebastian - Who's That Girl (feat. Eve) (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
The Jezabels - Dark Storm (MGM Distribution)

Best Male Artist
Drapht - The Life of Riley (The Ayems/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Gareth Liddiard - Strange Tourist (Shock Entertainment)
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Rrakala (Skinnyfish Music/MGM Distribution)
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra) (Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)
Josh Pyke - No One Wants a Lover (Ivy League Records)

Best Female Artist
Adalita – Adalita (Liberation Music)
Clare Bowditch - Are You Ready Yet? (Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Kasey Chambers - Little Bird (Liberation Music)
Kimbra - Cameo Lover (Warner Music Australia)
Washington - Holy Moses (Mercury Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Best Group
Birds of Tokyo - Wild at Heart (EMI Music Australia)
Boy & Bear – Moonfire (Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Eskimo Joe - Ghosts of the Past (Warner Music Australia)
Grinderman – 2 (Mute/EMI Music Australia)
The Living End - The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

Breakthrough Artist – Album
Boy & Bear – Moonfire (Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Drapht - The Life of Riley (The Ayems/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Gypsy & The Cat – Gilgamesh (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Oh Mercy - Great Barrier Grief (EMI Music Australia)
The Middle East - I Want That You Are Always Happy (Spunk/EMI Music Australia)

Breakthrough Artist – Single
Boy & Bear - Feeding Line (Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Drapht – Rapunzel (The Ayems/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Havana Brown - We Run The Night (Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)
The Jezabels - Dark Storm (MGM Distribution)
Zoe Badwi - Freefallin’ (Neon Records/Warner Music Australia)

Best Independent Release
Art vs Science - The Experiment (Green/MGM Distribution)
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Rrakala (Skinnyfish Music/MGM Distribution)
John Butler Trio - Live At Red Rocks (Jarrah Records/MGM Distribution)
Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses - Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses (Dark Horses Records/Inertia)
The Jezabels - Dark Storm (MGM Distribution)

Best Adult Alternative Album
Boy & Bear – Moonfire (Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Grinderman – 2 (Mute/EMI Music Australia)
Little Red - Midnight Remember (Liberation Music)
Seeker Lover Keeper - Seeker Lover Keeper (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)
The Panics - Rain On The Humming Wire (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Billy Thorpe - Billy Thorpe's Tangier (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Colin Hay - Gathering Mercury (Compass Records/Planet/MGM Distribution)
Damien Leith – Roy (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
John Farnham – Jack (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Mark Seymour and the Undertow – Undertow (Liberation Music)

Best Blues & Roots Album
Backsliders - Starvation Box (Fuse)
Blue King Brown - Worldwize Part 1 - North & South (Lion House Records/MGM Distribution)
John Butler Trio - Live At Red Rocks (Jarrah Records/MGM Distribution)
The Audreys - Sometimes The Stars (ABC Music)
The Waifs – Temptation (Jarrah Records/MGM Distribution)

Best Children’s Album
Dirtgirlworld - Dig It (Kidindy)
Hi-5 - Turn The Music Up (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Holly Throsby - See! (ABC Music)
Play School - Let's Play Together (ABC Music)
The Wiggles - Ukulele Baby! (ABC Music)

Best Comedy Release
Adam Hills - Inflatable (Universal Pictures)
Buddy Goode - The One and Only Buddy Goode (ABC Music)
Hamish & Andy - Celebrating 50 Glorious Years (Roadshow Music)
Josh Thomas - Josh Thomas 'Surprise': Warehouse Comedy Festival (Madman Entertainment/Warehouse Comedy Festival)
Tim Minchin – Tim Minchin & The Heritage Orchestra (Navel/Inertia)

Best Country Album
Jasmine Rae - Listen Here (ABC Music)
Kasey Chambers - Little Bird (Liberation Music)
Keith Urban - Get Closer (EMI Music Australia)
Shane Nicholson - Bad Machines (Liberation Music)
Troy Cassar-Daley – Live (Liberation Music)

Best Dance Release
Bag Raiders - Bag Raiders (Modular Recordings)
Cut Copy – Zonoscope (Modular Recordings)
Miami Horror – Illumination (EMI Music Australia)
Pnau - Soft Universe (etcetc Music/Ministry of Sound/Universal Music Australia)
The Potbelleez - From The Music (Vicious/Universal Music Australia)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Coerce - Ethereal Surrogate Saviour (Green/MGM Distribution)
Cosmic Psychos - Glorius Barsteds (Missing Link/Fuse)
Dream On Dreamer – Heartbound (We Are Unified Pty Ltd)
Floatingme – Floatingme (Cross Section/Inertia)
Front End Loader – Ritardando (Weeping Anus Records/MGM Distribution)

Best Pop Release
Architecture in Helsinki - Moment Bends (Modular Recordings)
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra) (Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)
Guy Sebastian - Who's That Girl (feat. Eve) (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Gypsy & The Cat – Gilgamesh (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Washington - Holy Moses (Mercury Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Best Rock Album
Children Collide- Theory Of Everything (Universal Music Australia)
Eskimo Joe - Ghosts Of The Past (Warner Music Australia)
Jebediah – Kosciuszko (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)
Papa Vs Pretty - United In Isolation (EMI Music Australia)
The Living End - The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

Best Urban Album
Drapht - The Life Of Riley (The Ayems/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Illy - The Chase (Obese Records)
Koolism - The ‘Umu (Invada/Inertia)
Phrase – Babylon (Marlin Records/ Universal Music Australia)
Vents - Marked For Death (Golden Era Records)

Highest Selling Album
Altiyan Childs - Altiyan Childs (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Angus & Julia Stone - Down The Way (EMI Music Australia)
Birds Of Tokyo - Birds of Tokyo (EMI Music Australia)
Keith Urban - Get Closer (EMI Music Australia)
Various - He Will Have His Way - The Songs of Tim & Neil Finn (EMI Music Australia)

Highest Selling Single
Birds of Tokyo – Plans (EMI Music Australia)
Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) (Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)
Guy Sebastian - Who's that Girl (feat. Eve) (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Havana Brown - We Run The Night (Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Jessica Mauboy - Saturday Night (feat. Ludacris) (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

2011 ARIA FINE ARTS AWARD WINNERS

Best Classical Album - Sally Whitwell - Mad Rush: Piano Music of Philip Glass (ABC Classics)

Best Jazz Album - Elixir featuring Katie Noonan - First Seed Ripening (ABC Music)

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album - Chris Lilley - Angry Boys - Official Soundtrack Album (ABC Music)

Best World Music Album - Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Rrakala (Skinnyfish Music/MGM Distribution)

Best Music DVD - AC/DC - AC/DC - Live at River Plate (Albert Productions)

As part of ARIA’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, Australian music fans will be given the chance to have their say in Australian music’s night of nights by casting a vote in three Public Voted categories brought to you by HP and Intel. MOST POPULAR AUSTRALIAN ARTIST and MOST POPULAR INTERNATIONAL ARTIST return again in 2011, with voting lists determined by the top selling products in the eligibility period (September 1 2010 to August 31 2011).

The 25th Anniversary ARIA Awards will also see the introduction of a brand new category - MOST POPULAR AUSTRALIAN LIVE ARTIST. This Award will celebrate one Australian artist’s ability to enthral and capture fans as they tour this country from top to bottom. Music lovers will have the opportunity to vote for any Australian artist that performed live in Australia during the voting window (October 1 2010 to September 30 2011).

Australian music fans will be given the opportunity to determine who will take home these PUBLICLY VOTED ARIA AWARDS brought to you by HP and Intel. The winners of these three Awards, as determined by Australian music fans, will be announced during the 2011 ARIA Awards on Sunday, November 27.

Fans can now go to www.ariaawards.com.au/hpmostpopular and cast their vote to determine the Most Popular Voted ARIA Awards across all three categories. Fans can also vote from www.facebook.com/aria.official or www.facebook.com/Hpaustralia

2011 ARIA AWARD PUBLIC VOTED NOMINEES

Public Voted categories brought to you by HP and Intel

Most Popular Australian Artist
Altiyan Childs (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Angus & Julia Stone (EMI Music Australia)
Birds of Tokyo (EMI Music Australia)
Drapht (The Ayems/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Guy Sebastian (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Jessica Mauboy (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
John Farnham (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Justice Crew (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Keith Urban (EMI Music Australia)
Stan Walker (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Most Popular International Artist
Adele (XL/Inertia)
Chris Brown (Jive/Sony Music Australia)
Jennifer Lopez (Universal Music Australia)
Jessie J (Universal Music Australia)
Ke$ha (RCA Records/Sony Music)
Lady Gaga (Universal Music Australia)
LMFAO (Universal Music Australia)
P!nk (La Face/Sony Music Australia)
Pitbull (J Records/Sony Music Australia)
Rihanna (Universal Music Australia)

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**Update as at November 12, 2011**

This week ARIA has added three more nominated artists to the performance rundown who are set to join DRAPHT, BOY & BEAR and GOTYE.
Its seems fitting that the week that GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU’s highly acclaimed self-titled debut has officially been declared a Triple Platinum selling album, that we announce that he will be returning to the Awards stage for this anniversary year. Gurrumul has already won his first 2011 ARIA AWARD taking out the BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM pointy trophy at the Nominations event on October 5.

Also confirmed today to make their first ARIA Award’s performance are wizards of electro-pop, Sydney’s ART VS SCIENCE, who will be weaving the kind of magic on display in their double ARIA Award nominated debut album, The Experiment.

Lastly, and by no means least, ARIA is happy to announce that BEST FEMALE ARTIST nominee, KIMBRA, will be joining GOTYE on stage for a to perform their smash hit, Somebody That I Used to Know. In a world exclusive this will be the very first time GOTYE and KIMBRA have performed the song live on a television program.

ARIA is also pleased to announce the first group of stars taking on presenting duties on the night.

Musician and actor, NOAH TAYLOR, currently starring in the smash hit movie, Red Dog, will be returning to Australia ahead of his appearance with his new band, The Sloppy Boys, at Homebake in Sydney on 3 December to present an Award on the night. Also confirmed for presenting duties on the night are radio funny men, and ARIA Award winners, HAMISH & ANDY, who have recently returned home after their Gap Year in the US.

The final two presenters announced today are no strangers to Australian shores and airwaves and ARIA is thrilled to be welcoming American pop-punksters, BENJI and JOEL MADDEN from Good Charlotte to the ARIA Awards stage.

ARIA will be keeping fans updated right up until and including the big night, with ARIA facebook, twitter and the newly-launched ARIA YouTube Channel providing a hub for Awards enthusiasts, with all the latest news, trivia, competitions and exclusives available around the clock.

Audience members at the event and watching at home are encouraged to follow the live coverage on http://facebook.com/ARIA.Official and on http://twitter.com/ARIA_Official. The official Twitter hashtag for the night will be #ARIAs. The ARIA social media team will be uploading behind-the-scenes photos and videos, and also giving fans a chance to ask their favourite artists questions throughout the week leading up to the ceremony!

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**Update as at November 19, 2011**

Event producers have announced three more additions to the performance stage with THE LIVING END, GUY SEBASTIAN, and MISSY HIGGINS performing on the night.

Also confirmed to present on the night are ten time ARIA Award winner, DELTA GOODREM; the hosts of triple j’s breakfast program, TOM BALLARD & ALEX DYSON; ARIA Hall of Fame inductee and Icehouse frontman, IVA DAVIES; 2011 BEST JAZZ ALBUM Award winner, KATIE NOONAN; Spicks & Specks host, ADAM HILLS; former ARIA Awards and television host, JAMES MATHISON; singer and TV presenter, RICKI-LEE COULTER; MTV’s ERIN McNAUGHT and everyone’s favourite man in a hat, MOLLY MELDRUM.

2011 ARIA Awards
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Allphones Arena
Sydney Olympic Park

Broadcast on GO! from 7.30pm on Sunday, November 27.

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**Winners announced**

The complete winners are:

Album of the Year
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
(Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Single of the Year
Gotye feat. Kimbra -_ Somebody That I Used to Know_
(Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)

Best Male Artist
Gotye feat. Kimbra -_ Somebody That I Used to Know_
(Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)

Best Female Artist
Kimbra – Cameo Lover
(Warner Music Australia)

Best Group
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
(Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Breakthrough Artist – Album
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
(Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Breakthrough Artist – Single
Boy & Bear – Feeding Line
(Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Best Independent Release
Art vs Science – The Experiment
(Green/MGM Distribution)

Best Adult Alternative Album
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
(Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Billy Thorpe – Billy Thorpe’s Tangier
(Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Best Blues & Roots Album
The Audreys – Sometimes the Stars
(ABC Music)

Best Children’s Album
The Wiggles – Ukulele Baby!
(ABC Music)

Best Comedy Release
Hamish & Andy – Celebrating 50 Glorious Years
(Roadshow Music)

Best Country Album
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
(Liberation Music)

Best Dance Release
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
(Modular Recordings)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Front End Loader – Ritardando
(Weeping Anus Records/MGM Distribution)

Best Pop Release
Gotye feat. Kimbra -_ Somebody That I Used to Know_
(Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)

Best Rock Album
The Living End – The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating
(Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

Best Urban Album
Drapht – The Life of Riley
(The Ayems/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Highest Selling Album
Altiyan Childs – Altiyan Childs
(Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Highest Selling Single
Guy Sebastian – Who’s that Girl (feat. Eve)
(Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

For more information, visit

www.ariaawards.com.au