A strong performance by hall of fame inductee Tina Arena has proved the show-stopper of the ARIA awards, which were dominated by rockers Tame Impala and also honoured songstress Courtney Barnett.
Perth band Tame Impala picked up five awards at the ceremony in Sydney for their third album Currents.
“Genuinely, what truly? That was truly searching like it was setting up for Courtney Barnett,” frontman Kevin Parker mentioned when the band took out the best rock album award.
By the time they accepted the gong for very best album they realised it was probably their night right after all.
“You’re sick of seeing us,” Parker told the crowd.
Barnett, who had the most nominations going into the ceremony, won the very best female award, along with breakthrough artist and independent release.
Wearing a T-shirt reading “pick love”, she told viewers from London it was a actual honour.
Barnett thanked absolutely everyone including her cat, Bubbles, and “my incredible girlfriend Jen Cloher, who is remarkable”.
The 28-year-old released her 1st album At times I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, in March this year, which created it to No.4 on the ARIA charts.
Vance Joy, who opened the awards ceremony with a overall performance of Fire and the Flood, won very best male artist.
I want to still acknowledge that ladies more than 40 are nevertheless in the game.
The highlight of the night even though, was Tina Arena, who blasted onto the stage with an army of female performers like The Veronicas and Jessica Mauboy, performing her hit Chains.
It was the only all-female show on a night dominated by male performances including Peking Duk, Hermitude and Jarryd James.
Arena was then inducted into the ARIA hall of fame by pop princess Kylie Minogue and Tour de France winner Cadel Evans.
In a wide-ranging speech, the singer paid out on ageism and sexism in the business.
“I want to nevertheless acknowledge that ladies over 40 are nevertheless in the game,” she mentioned, name-checking Kylie, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Annie Lennox.
“Preserve carrying out what you are undertaking, ladies, because we will choose when it is time for us to quit.”
Arena also implored radio to play Australian music.
In spite of rumours, Taylor Swift was a no-show. Guest international artist Ed Sheeran picked up the inaugural diamond award for album sales of far more than half a million, although Conrad Sewell won song of the year for Start off Once more.
He beat his younger sister Grace who was nominated in the identical category.
“I just wasn’t expecting any of this,” Sewell told reporters.
“This is the ideal night of my life.”
Artists in the operating for the publicly voted award integrated Iggy Azalea, Jarryd James, Marlisa, Nathaniel, Peking Duk, Sia, The Veronicas and Vance Joy.
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