The ARIA Awards 2016 showcased the best of the best in the Australian music scene. Apart from that, the evening also promoted social equality especially for the LGBT community.
ARIA Awards 2016 is the 30th of the annual award ceremony. Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (known as ARIA) includes four categories. These are ARIA Artisan Awards, Hall of Fame Awards, Fine Arts Awards and the ARIA Awards.
During the evening, Kylie Minogue and fiancee Joshua Sasse introduced Troye Sivan’s performance of Youth. Sasse, well-supported by Minogue on his campaign Say I Do Down Under was pushing for marraige equality.
Mingoue says “We’re here to introduce a shining light in the Australian music industry. But, we’re also here to say thank you to everyone who has supported Josh’s campaign for equality.”
To which Sasse added, “This is more than a movement, this is people’s lives and we want to say to every single member of the LGBT community that you are not alone. You have a voice and if we all stand together we can bring Australia back on the right side of history and make 2017 the year that we can all say ‘I Do’ Down Under.”
ARIA Award 2016 Winners
Album of the Year, Best Male Artist, Best Independent Release and Best Dance Release went to Flume’s Skin who hailed supreme that evening. In addition, the producer won Best Pop Release for his single Never Be Like You.
Violent Soho won Best Group and Best Rock Album while Sia won Best Female Artist. Best Adult Alternative Album and Best Adult Contemporary Album goes to Sarah Blasko Eternal Return and Bernard Fanning Civil Dusk respectively. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard Nonagon Infinity bagged the Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album. Russell Morris Red Dirt Red Heart got Best Blues & Roots Album. Best Country Album went to Sara Storer Silos. Drapht Seven Mirrors secured Best Urban Album. The Wiggles Wiggle Town! wiggled home Best Children’s Album. Finally, winning breakthrough artist is Montaigne for Glorious Heights.
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Public Vote Winners
Troye Sivan’s Youth won Song of the Year and Best Video while Hilltop Hoods The Restrung Tour won Best Live Act. One Direction’s Made in the A.M. and Four also won Best International Artist.
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Fine Arts Awards
Flight Facilities’ Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra took home Best Classical Album while Vince Jones & Paul Grabowsky’s Provenance got Best Jazz Album. Josh Pyke & the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Live at the Sydney Opera House was awarded with Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album. Melbourne Ska Orchestra Sierra Kilo Alpha also received an award as the Best World Music Album. Finally, for Best Comedy Release, Roy & HG This Sporting Life took the award home.
Harley Streten won Best Producer for Flume’s Skin and Engineer of the Year with Eric J Dubowsky. While Jonathan Zawada got Best Cover Artist still for Flume’s Skin.
Hall of Famer Inductee
Crowded House was announced as Hall of Famer inductee for the ARIA Hall of Fame.