Last night, the ARIA Awards celebrated 30 years of recognising Australian music. It was a crazy night of Aussie brilliance. Here are our highlights!
Five for Flume
Without singing a lyric, Flume has taken over the Australian music scene. He was the man of the night at the ARIAs, taking out five awards: Best Male Artist, Best Dance Release, Best Pop Release, Best Independent Release, and Telstra Album Of The Year.
Upon receiving the Telstra Album of the Year the artist exclaimed, “This is the one I really, really, really wanted to win… In a time of singles and songs, albums still matter.”
The Veronica’s Glitter Ball
Hosts and twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas performed their new single In My Blood while covered only in red glitter body paint from the waist up. The outfit choice was an homage to the cover of the single, which was released earlier this year. The sisters actually had to perform the intro of their song twice after a technical glitch on the first try. Nonetheless, the show went on, and viewers at home only saw a spectacular and daring showcase (and four glittering boobs).
Support for Gay Marriage
The whole evening was filled with messages from award presenters and receivers in support of gay marriage in Australia.
Kylie Minogue made a rare appearance with fiancé Joshua Sasse, both wearing “Say ‘I do’ Down Under” shirts in support of the cause.
Australian superstar Sia invited Equality Campaign ambassador Angie Greene to accept for Best Female Artist award – a move which was rewarded with a standing ovation.
Troye Sivan, winner of both the Apple Music Song of the Year and Best Video, included the cause in his acceptance speech.
“This is for every gay Australian kid who wants to go and make music and every LGBTQ kid who wants to go and make music,” he said. “You can totally do it, and win an ARIA too.”
It wouldn’t be the ARIA Awards without…
Each year, the ARIAs celebrate the newcomers on the scene, but we would be lost without some familiar faces. With a true winning smile, Bernard Fanning (former frontman of Powderfinger) won his fifth individual ARIA Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album. He beat many other Australian legends to the post, including Paul Kelly and Tina Arena.
It was also no surprise to see our Hot Potato skivvy-wearing friends The Wiggles taking out Best Children’s Album, adding another to their record of most wins in any category at the ARIAs.
All about the music
The ARIAs performance line-up was massive this year, including a huge number of music legends who rocked the stage. A standing ovation followed the spectacular performance from Crowded House, who (alongside Missy Higgins and Bernard Fanning) celebrated their induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
Robbie Williams was a crowd-pleaser, yelling, “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” to the crowd before presenting Troye Sivan with his second win for the night.
Jimmy Barnes and Jessica Mauboy brought the house down with a powerful duet that had the whole room on its feet, before John Farnham closed the awards with Australia’s unofficial anthem You’re the Voice - complete with bagpipes on stage.
The Red Carpet
Check out our favourite snaps, direct from the Instagram accounts of the stars!