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:: Spotlight :: 2012 ARIA Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) recently announced the nominees in all categories of the 2012 ARIA Awards to be staged at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Darling Harbour on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Also announced were the winners in three ARIA ARTISAN AWARD categories and four ARIA FINE ARTS categories - the first of many artists to be acknowledged by their peers for their creative contributions over the last twelve months.

NOMINEES

Album of the Year
360 – Falling & Flying (Soulmate/EMI)
Gotye – Making Mirrors (Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records / Eleven: A Music Company/Universal Music Australia)
Missy Higgins – The Ol’ Razzle Dazze (Eleven: A Music Company / Universal Music Australia)
The Jezabels – Prisoner (The Jezabels / MGM)
The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap (Liberation Music)

Best Male Artist
360 – Falling & Flying (Soulmate / EMI)
Angus Stone – Broken Brights (Capitol / EMI)
Gotye – Making Mirrors (Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records / Eleven: A Music Company/Universal Music Australia)
Guy Sebastian – Battle Scars (Sony Music)
Keith Urban – For You (Capitol / EMI)
Matt Corby – Into The Flame (Mercury / UMA)

Best Female Artist
Jessica Mauboy – Gotcha (Sony Music)
Kimbra – Vows (Warner Music Australia)
Lanie Lane – To The Horse (Ivy League Records)
Missy Higgins – The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle (Eleven: A Music Company / Universal Music Australia)
Washington – Insomnia (Mercury / UMA)

Best Group
Boy & Bear – Big Man (Island/UMA)
Cold Chisel – No Plans (Warner Music Australia)
Hilltop Hoods – Drinking From The Sun (Island/UMA)
The Jezabels – Prisoner (The Jezabels / MGM)
The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap (Liberation Music)

Breakthrough Artist – Release
360 – Falling & Flying (Soulmate / EMI)
Alpine – A Is For Alpine (Ivy League Records)
Lanie Lane – To The Horses (Ivy League Records)
Matt Corby – Brother (Mercury / UMA)
San Cisco – Awkward (Island City Records / MGM)

Best Independent Release
Dappled Cities – Lake Air (Hub The Label / Inertia)
Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp – Songs of the Southern Skies (Kin Music)
San Cisco – Awkward (Island City Records / MGM)
The Bamboos – Medicine Man (Inertia Recordings)
The Jezabels - Prisoner (The Jezabels / MGM)

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Darren Hayes – Secret Codes And Battleships (Mercury / UMA)
Husky – Forever So (Liberation Music)
Josh Pyke – Only Sparrows (Ivy League Records)
Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp – Songs of the Southern Skies (Kin Music)
Missy Higgins – The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle (Eleven: A Music Company / Universal Music Australia)

Best Blues & Roots Album
Angus Stone – Broken Brights (Capitol / EMI)
Jeff Lang – Carried In Mind (ABC Music)
Lanie Lane – To The Horses (Ivy League Records)
Mia Dyson – The Moment (Black Door Records / MGM)
Paul Green & The Other Colours – Behind The Stars (ABC Music)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Buried In Verona – Notorious (UNFD / Warner)
DZ Deathrays – Bloodstreams (I OH YOU/Illusive Sounds)
Frenzal Rhomb – Smoko at the Pet Food Factory (How much did I fucking pay for this records?)
House Vs Hurricane – Crooked Teeth (UNFD / Warner)
Sleepmakeswaves - …and so we destroyed everything (Birds Robe Records / GREEN)

Best Pop Release
Gotye – Making Mirrors (Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records / Eleven: A Music Company/Universal Music Australia)
Guy Sebastian – Battle Scars (Sony Music)
Jessica Mauboy – Gotcha (Sony Music)
Kimbra – Vows (Warner Music Australia)
San Cisco – Awkward (Island City Records / MGM)

Best Rock Album
Children Collide – Monument (UMA)
Cold Chisel – No Plans (Warner Music Australia)
Oh Mercy – Deep Heat (EMI)
The Jezabels – Prisoner (The Jezabels / MGM)
The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap (Liberation Music)

Best Urban Album
360 – Falling & Flying (Soulmate / EMI)
Hilltop Hoods – Drinking From The Sun (Golden Era/Island/UMA)
Katalyst – Deep Impressions (Invada / Remote Control Records)
The Bamboos – Medicine Man (Inertia Recordings)
The Herd – Future Shade (Elefant Traks / Inertia)

Best Children’s Album
Bananas In Pyjamas – Playtime (ABC Music)
dirtgirlworld – dirtgirl rocks the planet (kidindy)
Hi-5 – Sing It Loud (Sony Music)
Rhys Muldoon – I’m Not Singing (ABC Music)
The Wiggles – Surfer Jeff (ABC Music)

Best Comedy Release
Anthony Salame – Is This thing On? (Punchline Comedy)
Arj Barker – Joy Harvest (Punchline Comedy)
Buddy Goode – Unappropriate (ABC Music)
Sammy J – Skinny Man, Modern World (Words And Music Entertainment/Buxstock)
The Beards – Having A Beard Is The New Not Having A Beard (MGM)

Best Country Album
Beccy Cole – Songs and Pictures (Sony Music)
Catherine Britt – Always Never Enough (ABC Music)
McAlister Kemp – Country Proud (ABC Music)
The McClymonts – Two Worlds Collide (UMA)
Troy Cassar-Daley – Home (Liberation Music)

Best Dance Release
Havana Brown – When The Lights Go Out (Island/UMA)
Hermitude – Hyperparadise (Elefant Traks / Inertia)
Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Neon Records)
Knife Party – Rage Valley (Earstorm / Neon Records / Warner Music Australia)
Sneaky Sound System – From Here To Anywhere (Modular Recordings)

2012 ARIA AWARD PUBLIC VOTED NOMINEES

ARIA Song of the Year
360 feat. Gossling – Boys Like You (EMI)
Delta Goodrem – Sitting On Top Of The World (Sony Music)
Guy Sebastian – Don’t Worry Be Happy (Sony Music)
Hilltop Hoods Featuring Sia – I Love It (Universal Music Australia)
Jessica Mauboy & Stan Walker – Galaxy (Sony Music)
Justice Crew – Boom Boom (Sony Music)
Matt Corby – Brother (Universal Music Australia)
Reece Mastin – Good Night (Sony Music)
Ricki-Lee – Do It Like That (EMI)
Timomatic – Set It Off (Sony Music)

Best International Artist
Adele (XL/NE)
Bruno Mars (ATL/WAR)
Coldplay (CAP/EMI)
David Guetta (VIR/EMI)
Ed Sheeran (WAR)
Florence + the Machine (ISL/UMA)
LMFAO (INR/UMA)
Michael Buble (RFS/WAR)
One Direction (SYCO/SME)
The Black Keys (NONE/WAR)

Best Australian Live Act
360 (Soulmate / EMI)
Cold Chisel (Warner Music Australia)
Dirty Three (Anchor & Hope/ Remote Control Records)
Gotye (Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records / Eleven: A Music Company / Universal Music Australia)
Hilltop Hoods (Golden Era / Island / UMA)
Hoodoo Gurus (Sony Music)
Kate Miller-Heidke (Sony Music)
The Bamboos (Inertia Recordings)
The Jezabels – Prisoner (The Jezabels / MGM)
The Living End (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

Best Video
Alex Weltlinger – 360, Boys Like you (Soulmate / EMI)
Luci Schroder - Alpine – Hands (Ivy League Rcords)
Animal Logic – Hilltop Hoods, I Love It (Golden Era/Island/UMA)
Brent “Quincy” Buchanan – The Grindhouse – Jackson Firebird, Cock Rockin’ (Warner Music Australia)
Emma Tomelty – Hermitude, Speak Of The Devil (from the album “Heperparadise”) (Elefant Traks / Inertia)
Darcy Prendergast - Kate Miller-Heidke – Kate Miller-Heidke – I’ll Change Your Mind (Sony Music)
Josh Logue - Lanie Lane – Oh Well, That’s What You Get Falling In Love With a Cowboy (Ivy League Records)
Natasha Pincus- Missy Higgins - Everyone’s Waiting (Eleven: A Music Company / Universal Music Australia)
Sam Bennetts – Bluejuice, Act Yr Age (Dew Process / Universal Music Australia)
Josh Logue -The Rubens – My Gun (Ivy League Records)

2012 ARIA FINE ARTS AWARD WINNERS

Best Classical Album

William Barton – Kalkadungu (ABC Classics)

Best Jazz Album

Sarah McKenzie – Close Your Eyes (ABC Music)

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album

triple j – Straight To You: triple j’s Tribute To Nick Cave (ABC Music)

Best World Music Album

Joseph Tawadros – Concerts of the Greater Sea (ABC Classics)

2012 ARIA ARTISAN AWARD WINNERS

Best Cover Art

Frank De Backer (Artwork & Handwriting) & Wally De Backer– Making Mirrors (Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records / Eleven: A Music Company / Universal Music Australia)

Engineer of the Year

Francois Tetaz for Gotye – Making Mirrors (Samples ‘n’ Seconds Records / Eleven: A Music Company / Universal Music Australia)

Producer of the Year

Styalz Fuego – 360, Falling & Flying (Soulmate / EMI)

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*Update as at October 12, 2012**

Multi-platinum selling artist and 6 x Grammy Award winner TAYLOR SWIFT is the latest performer announced to take to the stage at the 26th ANNUAL ARIA AWARDS in Sydney on Thursday, November 29. Taylor joins the line-up of Australian talent who already have been confirmed to perform including: 360, THE JEZABELS, HILLTOP HOODS, JESSICA MAUBOY and THE TEMPER TRAP with more exciting performers to be announced in
the weeks to come.

Taylor, who is a #1 Multi-Platinum artist in Australia, will be Down Under to promote her forthcoming album, Red (due for release on October 23) which
features the hits We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Begin Again and the title track Red. Taylor has shared an incredible relationship with Australian audiences over the years. Her self-titled debut release went Platinum. Her Fearless album racked up a phenomenal 6 x Platinum sales, and Speak Now is currently close to Triple Platinum.

Her current single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, from her forthcoming album Red, sold more than 623,000 downloads in the US in its first week of release - setting a new record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a female, and is a Double Platinum selling single here in Australia.

Dan Rosen, CEO ARIS said, “Taylor Swift is a genuine superstar on the international stage and we are delighted to have her perform at the ARIA Awards in what is sure to be a memorable moment. We welcome Taylor and look forward to having her join an amazing line up of Australian performers on our industry’s biggest night.”