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:: Spotlight :: 2013 ARIA Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The first ARIA Awards for 2013 will proudly be presented at the official ARIA NOMINATIONS EVENT in Sydney on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 at the ART GALLERY OF NSW.

Denis Handlin AM, ARIA Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment and President, Asia said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees in the Fine Arts and Artisan Awards. ARIA is delighted to recognise and celebrate the diverse and talented Australian musicians and artisans in all seven categories.”

This celebration honouring our impressive 2013 ARIA Nominees for the FINE ARTS & ARTISAN Award categories including; Best Classical Album, Best Jazz Album, Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album, Best World Music Album along with Producer Of The Year, Engineer Of the Year, and Best Cover Art, heralds the beginning of the 2013 ARIA celebrations leading up to ARIA WEEK festivities from NOVEMBER 25 and the 27th ANNUAL ARIA AWARDS on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 at the ARIA Awards major venue partner, THE STAR EVENT CENTRE that will be broadcast on Nine Network’s digital channel GO!

ARIA CEO, Dan Rosen adds: “It is exciting to be launching this year’s ARIA celebrations at the Nominations Event by recognising the incredible talent of our Fine Arts and Artisan nominees. These accomplished artists and technicians continue to push the boundaries and we are proud to have them represent the Australian music industry both here and around the world.”

The ARIA Awards and ARIA WEEK are proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

FINE ARTS NOMINEES:

BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM
Amy Dickson, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Catch Me If You Can
David Hansen - Rivals -­ Arias for Farinelli & Co.
Jane Sheldon - North + South
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake - Missa Solis: Requiem for Eli
Sally Whitwell - All Imperfect Things: Solo Piano Music of Michael Nyman

BEST JAZZ ALBUM
Andrea Keller - Family Portraits
Jonathan Zwartz - The Remembering & Forgetting of the Air
Renee Geyer – Swing
The Idea Of North – Smile
Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor – The Colonel & The Governor

BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM
Airileke - Weapon of Choice
Joseph Tawadros - Chameleons of the White Shadow
Rasa Duende – Improvisations
Shellie Morris & The Borroloola Songwomen - Together We Are Strong - Ngambala Wiji Li-Wununga The Song Peoples Sessions
Various - Melodie Francaise

BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK/ CAST/ SHOW ALBUM
David Bridie - Satellite Boy
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Present - Lawless -­ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Paul Kelly, James Ledger, Genevieve Lacey, ANAM Musicians - Conversations With Ghosts
Tina Arena - Symphony of Life
Various - triple j's One Night Stand

ARTISAN AWARD NOMINEES:

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Wayne Connolly and Boy & Bear - Boy & Bear, Harlequin Dream
Luke Steele/Nick Littlemore/Peter Mayes/Jonathan Sloan – Empire Of The Sun, Ice On The Dune
Harley Streten – Flume, Flume
Virginia Read – Sally Whitwell, All Imperfect Things: Solo Piano Music of Michael Nyman
Kevin Parker – Tame Impala, Lonerism

ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Dann Hume – Alpine, Seeing Red
Peter Mayes – Empire Of The Sun, Ice On The Dune
Nicky Bomba, Robin Mai – Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Virginia Read - Sally Whitwell, All Imperfect Things
Kevin Parker – Tame Impala, Lonerism

BEST COVER ART
Justin Maller - Bliss n Eso, Circle In The Sky
Aaron Hayward and Dave Homer (Debaser) - Empire Of The Sun, Ice On The Dune
Glen Hannah - Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, Wreck and Ruin
Kevin Parker & Leif Podhajsky - Tame Impala, Lonerism
Graeme Base - The Cat Empire, Steal The Light

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**Nominations and early winners announced**

The final nominees in all ARIA Award categories, together with the winners of the Fine Arts and Artisan Awards, were announced in Sydney recently.

The winners in all other categories will be announced at the ARIA Awards, to be held Sunday December 1 at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

FINE ARTS AWARDS

Best Classical Album
WINNER: Sally Whitwell - All Imperfect Things: Solo Piano Music of Michael Nyman (ABC Classics & Jazz)

Best Jazz Album
WINNER: The Idea Of North - Smile (ABC Jazz)

Best World Music Album
WINNER: Joseph Tawadros - Chameleons of the White Shadow (ABC Classics & Jazz)

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album
WINNER: Paul Kelly, James Ledger, Genevieve Lacey and ANAM Musicians - Conversations With Ghosts (ABC Music)

ARTISAN AWARDS

Best Cover Art
WINNER: Aaron Hayward and David Homer @ Debaser for Empire Of The Sun - Ice On The Dune (EMI)

Engineer of the Year
WINNER: Virginia Read for Sally Whitwell - All Imperfect Things (ABC Classics & Jazz)

Producer of the Year
WINNER: Harley Streten for Flume - Flume (Future Classic)

NOMINEES IN OTHER CATEGORIES
Winners to be announced Sunday 1st December.

Album of the Year
Birds Of Tokyo - March Fires (EMI)
Flume - Flume (Future Classic)
Guy Sebastian - Armageddon (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd/Kobalt Label Services)
Tame Impala - Lonerism (Modular Recordings)

Breakthrough Artist - Release
Big Scary - Not Art (Pieater/Inertia)
Flume - Flume (Future Classic)
RüFüS - Atlas (Sweat It Out Music/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
The Rubens - The Rubens (Ivy League Records)
Vance Joy - God Loves You When You're Dancing (Liberation Music)

Best Male Artist
Flume - Flume (Future Classic)
Guy Sebastian - Armageddon (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Keith Urban - Little Bit Of Everything (EMI)
Matt Corby - Resolution (Mercury Australia)
Paul Kelly - Spring and Fall (Gawd Aggie Recordings/Universal Music Australia)

Best Female Artist
Abbe May - Kiss My Apocalypse (Abbe May/MGM)
Emma Louise - vs Head vs Heart (Emma Louise/MGM)
Jessica Mauboy - To The End Of The Earth (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Missy Higgins - Set Me On Fire (Eleven: a music company/Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd)
Sarah Blasko - I Awake (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

Best Group
Boy & Bear - Harlequin Dream (Island Australia)
Birds Of Tokyo - March Fires (EMI)
Empire Of The Sun - Ice On The Dune (EMI)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd/Kobalt Label Services)
Tame Impala - Lonerism (Modular Recordings)

Best Independent Release
Big Scary - Not Art (Pieater/Inertia)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd/Kobalt Label Services)
San Cisco - San Cisco (Island City Music/MGM)
Sheppard - Let Me Down Easy (Empire Of Song/ MGM)
The Drones - I See Seaweed (The Drones/MGM)

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Bob Evans - Familiar Stranger (EMI)
Clare Bowditch - The Winter I Chose Happiness (Island Australia)
Josh Pyke - The Beginning And The End Of Everything (Ivy League Records)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd/Kobalt Label Services)
Sarah Blasko - I Awake (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

Best Blues and Roots Album
Archie Roach - Into the Bloodstream (Liberation Music)
Mama Kin - The Magician's Daughter (Mama Kin/MGM)
Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Melbourne Ska Orchestra (Four Four/ABC Music)
Russell Morris - Sharkmouth (Fanfare Records/EMI)
The Cat Empire - Steal The Light (Two Shoes Records/Inertia)

Best Children's Album
Giggle and Hoot - Claw Tapping Tunes (ABC Music)
Jay Laga'aia - Ten In The Bed (ABC Music)
Justine Clarke - A Little Day Out with Justine Clarke (ABC Music)
Sam Moran - Play Along With Sam (6 Degrees Records/MGM)
The Wiggles - Taking Off! (ABC Music)

Best Comedy Release
Housos - Live (Punchline Comedy)
Sammy J & Randy - Bin Night (Punchline Comedy)
Pauly Fenech - Pauly's Shorts (Punchline Comedy)
Tom & Alex - The Bits We're Least Ashamed Of (triple j) (ABC Music)
Various - Colin Buchanan's TGIF Songs (ABC Music)

Best Country Album
Jasmine Rae - If I Want To (ABC Music)
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson - Wreck and Ruin (Liberation Music)
Lee Kernaghan - Beautiful Noise (ABC Music)
Sara Storer - Lovegrass (ABC Music)
Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey - The Great Country Songbook (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Best Dance Release
Flume - Flume (Future Classic)
Jagwar Ma - Howlin (Future Classic)
The Potbelleez - Saved In A Bottle (Hussle Recordings/Ministry Of Sound)
The Presets - Pacifica (Modular Recordings)
RüFüS - Atlas - (Sweat It Out Music/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Best Pop Release
Empire Of The Sun - Ice On The Dune (EMI)
Guy Sebastian - Armageddon (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
San Cisco - San Cisco (Island City Music/MGM)
The Preatures - Is This How You Feel? (Mercury Australia)
Vance Joy - God Loves You When You're Dancing (Liberation Music)

Best Rock Album
Birds Of Tokyo - March Fires (EMI)
Boy & Bear - Harlequin Dream (Island Australia)
Tame Impala - Lonerism (Modular Recordings)
The Drones - I See Seaweed (The Drones/MGM)
The Rubens - The Rubens (Ivy League Records)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Airbourne - Black Dog Barking (Roadrunner Records)
Karnivool - Asymmetry (Cymatic Records/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Northlane - Singularity (UNFD)
The Amity Affliction - Chasing Ghosts (Roadrunner Records)
Thy Art Is Murder - Hate (Halfcut/Shock Records)

Best Urban Album
Bliss n Eso - Circus In The Sky (Illusive)
Horrorshow - King Amongst Many (Elefant Traks/Inertia Music)
Illy - Bring it Back (Obese Records)
Seth Sentry - This Was Tomorrow (High Score Records/Inertia)
Urthboy - Smokey's Haunt (Elefant Traks/Inertia Music)

PUBLICLY VOTED AWARDS
Australian music fans get the chance to have their say on who takes home an ARIA Award, with voting in the four publicly voted awards open - check here and vote

Song Of The Year - presented by the Today Network
Birds of Tokyo - Lanterns (EMI)
Bombs Away Feat. The Twins - Party Bass (Central Station)
Flume - Holdin On (Future Classic/Warner Music Australia)
Guy Sebastian - Get Along (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Justice Crew - Best Night (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Matt Corby - Resolution (Mercury Australia)
Samantha Jade - What You've Done To Me (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Stafford Brothers feat. Lil Wayne and Christina Milian - Hello (Universal Music)
Timomatic - Parachute (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Vance Joy - Riptide (Liberation Music)

Best Video - presented by YouTube
Birds Of Tokyo - Lanterns (EMI). Directed by Josh Logue.
Flight Facilities - Clair De Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg) (Flight Facilities/Kobalt Label Services). Directed by Dave Ma.
Flume - Holdin On (Future Classic/Warner Music Australia). Directed by Joe Nappa.
Justice Crew - Best Night (Sony Music Entertainment Australia). Directed by Marc Furmie.
Matt Corby - Resolution (Mercury Australia). Directed by Bryce Jepson.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street (Bad Seed Ltd/Kobalt Label Services). Directed by John Hillcoat.
Samantha Jade - Firestarter (Sony Music Entertainment Australia). Directed by Christopher Frey.
San Cisco - Fred Astaire (Island City Records/MGM). Directed by Andrew Nowrojee.
Timomatic - Parachute (Sony Music Entertainment Australia). Directed by Marc Furmie and Elisa Mercurio.
Vance Joy - Riptide (Liberation Music). Directed by Dimitri Basil.

Best Australian Live Act - presented by Qantas
Birds Of Tokyo (EMI)
Flume (Future Classic/Warner Music Australia)
Guy Sebastian (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Karnivool (Cymatic Records/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Keith Urban (EMI)
Matt Corby (Mercury Australia)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (Bad Seed Ltd/Kobalt Label Services)
Paul Kelly & Neil Finn (Gawd Aggie Recordings/Universal Music Australia)
Tame Impala (Modular Recordings)
The Drones (The Drones/MGM)

Best International Artist - presented by Nova
Birdy (Warner Music Australia/Atlantic Records)
Bruno Mars (Warner Music Australia/Atlantic Records)
Ed Sheeran (Atlantic/Elektra)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis LLC)
Michael Buble (Warner Bros US)
Mumford & Sons (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)
Of Monsters And Men (Universal Music)
One Direction (Syco/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
P!nk (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Taylor Swift (Big Machine/Universal Music Australia)

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**Lorde to perform at ARIA Awards**

Off the back of performing an unprecedented 25 minute set on Letterman this month, ARIA is absolutely ecstatic to announce that Lorde, one of the most acclaimed and revered artists of 2013, will be wrapping up her almighty year by performing her latest single, ‘Team’ at the 2013 ARIA Awards.

Dan Rosen, ARIA CEO said, “Lorde is an extremely talented artist and performer and one of the biggest artists in the world right now, so we are thrilled to be able to welcome her to this year’s ARIA Awards as a special guest performer.”

Alicia Keys was the first international act to be confirmed for the ARIA awards. Her televised appearance, performing her hit Girl On Fire and new single Brand New Me, sets up the launch of her Australian tour with John Legend. The 14-time Grammy winner joins Australians Flume, Tame Impala, Birds of Tokyo, Vance Joy, Bliss N Eso, Jessica Mauboy, Samantha Jade, Sheppard, The Potbelleez, Stafford Bros and Alison Wonderland, who will all perform.

Tickets to the 2013 ARIA Awards have SOLD OUT, but fans can join in the festivities on the David Jones Black Carpet from 3.00pm on Sunday, December 1 at The Star, Sydney and everyone can watch on GO! from 7.30pm.

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**Air Supply to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame**

Beloved Australian duo, Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, better known as Air Supply, the band that have been delivering impeccably produced love songs for almost four decades, will be inducted into the ARIA HALL OF FAME at the 27th Annual ARIA Awards, held at The Star Event Centre on Sunday, December 1, 2013.

Denis Handlin AM, ARIA Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia said: “On behalf of the ARIA Board we are honoured to induct Air Supply into the ARIA Hall of Fame on Sunday 1 December at the 27th Annual ARIA Awards. With their many timeless songs that have crossed generations and led to ground-breaking success overseas, Air Supply are one of Australia's most unique and successful musical stories.”

Upon hearing the news of the ARIA HALL OF FAME induction, Russell Hitchcock said, “It is a great honour for us, and it was something that was totally unexpected. We are certainly excited to come home to Australia and to have fun with everybody and we want to say thank you to all who participated in our ARIA Hall Of Fame induction. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Graham Russell, and Air Supply partner, Russell Hitchcock met in Sydney on May 12, 1975 while both were performing in Jesus Christ Superstar. They became instant and lifelong friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing. After they came off stage at 10.30pm from the Jesus Christ Superstar shows, Russell and Graham would play pizza parlours, coffee bars and night clubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for original songs that Graham was constantly writing. They made a demo on a cassette of two songs, ‘Love and Other Bruises’ and ‘If You Knew Me’ and CBS, who admired their unique style signed them. Air Supply was born!

That same year, they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the U.S. and Canada playing all of the famous huge venues before Rod would take the stage. They found new fans, but did not break the U.S. market. Back in Australia they had to start again and made a record called ‘Life Support’. On this record were some treasures of songs, including ‘Lost in Love’ that somehow found its way to music industry executive Clive Davis in New York.

Clive immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, ‘Lost in Love’ became the fastest selling single in the world and Air Supply roared onto the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Lost in Love’, which peaked at #3 in 1980. The song initiated a run of seven consecutive US top fives in a little more than two years, including their #1 hit, ‘The One That You Love’ in 1981.

Air Supply’s albums ‘Lost in Love’, ‘The One That You Love’, ‘Now & Forever’, and ‘The Greatest Hits’ have sold in excess of 40 million copies. ‘Lost in Love’ was named Song of the Year in 1980, and, their singles have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. ‘Lost in Love’, ‘All Out of Love’, ‘The One That You Love’, ‘Sweet Dreams’, and ‘Making Love Out Of Nothing At All’ have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio.

The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply. Russell Hitchcock told Billboard on their 35th anniversary, “In the beginning, we said they probably thought we were going to be a one-hit wonder. Then, we were a two-hit wonder, then a seven-hit wonder, and then a 10-hit wonder…Here we are, all these years later, loving what we do just as much as when we began.”

However, it is the live shows that always hold audiences captive around the world, and Air Supply continue to play more than 150 shows a year worldwide. They were the first Western group to tour China, Taiwan, and countless other countries that before would not allow pop music across their borders. In 1983 they recorded ‘Making Love Out Of Nothing At All’ by Jim Steinman that solidified the group as a permanent force in modern music. This song went to #2 on the Billboard Charts and was released on ‘The Greatest Hits’ album that soared past 7 million copies.

In 1988, Air Supply was asked to participate in Australia's bicentennial celebration and to play for HRH Prince Charles and HRH Princess Diana, where they learned both were already ardent fans. This engagement would be one of their most treasured moments in their career.

As Glenn A Baker wrote in the liner notes of Air Supply’s 1992 ‘Greatest Hits’ album, “It is appropriate that Australia does remember and celebrate the achievements of this major force in international chart music of the early 80’s. For it is an undeniable fact of history that Air Supply ranks with the Bee Gees, AC/DC, Little River Band, Men At Work and INXS [all ARIA HALL OF FAME recipients] as one of the five most successful groups to have emerged from Australian pop/rock. And you certainly can’t make that sort of success out of nothing at all.”