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2011 ARIA Award Winners

25th ARIA Awards Ceremony

27 November 2011
Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney NSW
No official host this year.

The Sydney quintet Boy & Bear made a good showing this year by winning 5 Awards for their self-produced, debut album, Moonfire. The band members, Dave Hosking, Jake Tarasenko, Killian Gavin, Tim Hart and Jon Hart, joked earlier on the red carpet they would split the trophy in five if they won one. Now they can each have their own.

Not to be outdone, Gotye (Wally De Backer) was awarded 6 ARIAs for 2011 – Single of the Year, Best Pop Release, Best Male Artist, Producer of the Year, Best Video and Engineer of the Year.

Kasey Chambers once again showed her Country Music star power adding another Best Country Album Award to the other 9 ARIAs she has from previous years: 1999, 2000, 2002 (3 ARIAs), 2003, 2004 (2 awards), and 2008.

On a more sombre note, the legendary Billy Thorpe was awarded posthumously Best Adult Contemporary Album for his album Tangier. This was the first time an ARIA was awarded to someone who has passed away. Collecting the Award on the night was Billy's family.

ARIA Awards

Hall Of Fame
Kylie Minogue, The Wiggles

 

Album Of The Year
  Boy & Bear – Moonfire

Single Of The Year
  Gotye featuring Kimbra
  Somebody That I Used to Know

Highest Selling Album
  Altiyan Childs – Altiyan Childs

Highest Selling Single
  Guy Sebastian featuring Eve
  What's That Girl

Best Independent Release
  Art vs. Science – The Experiment

Best Urban Album
  Drapht – The Life of Riley

Best Adult Alternative Album
  Boy & Bear – Moonfire

Best Adult Contemporary Album
  Billy Thorpe – Billy Thorpe's Tangier

Best Blues & Roots Album
  The Audreys – Sometimes the Stars

Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Album
  Front End Loader – Ritardando

Best Female Artist
  Kimbra – Cameo Lover

Best Male Artist
  Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know

Best Group
  Boy & Bear – Moonfire

Breakthrough Artist – Single
  Boy & Bear – Feeding Line

Breakthrough Artist – Album
  Boy & Bear – Moonfire

Best Pop Release
  Gotye featuring Kimbra
  Somebody That I Used to Know

Best Rock Album
  The Living End
  The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating

Best Country Album
  Kasey Chambers – Little Bird

Best Children's Album
  The Wiggles – Ukulele Baby

Best Comedy Release
  Hamish & Andy – Celebrating 50 Glorious Years

Best Dance Release
  Cut Copy – Zonoscope

ARIA Public Voted Awards

Most Popular Australian Artist
  Birds of Tokyo

Most Popular Australian Live Artist
  The Living End

Most Popular International Artist
  Pink

ARIA Fine Arts Awards

Best Classical Album
  Sally Whitwell
  Mad Rush: Piano Music of Philip Glass

Best Jazz Album
  Elixir featuring Katie Noonan
  First Seed Ripening

Best World Music Album
  Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
  Rrakala

Best Original Soundtrack, Cast, Show Album
  Chris Lilley
  Angry Boys – Official Soundtrack Album

Best Music DVD
  AC/DC
  Live at River Plate

ARIA Artisan Awards

Best Video
  Natasha Pincus
  Somebody That I Used to Know

Best Cover Artist
  Alter
  Zonoscope

Producer Of The Year
  Wally De Backer
  Somebody That I Used to Know

Engineer Of The Year
  Francois Tetaz
  Somebody That I Used to Know

Presenters
Prime Minister Julia Gillard inducted Kylie Minogue into the ARIA Hall of Fame. David Wenham (Killing Time) inducted The Wiggles. The Wiggles also received their 10th ARIA for Best Children's Album for Ukulele Baby! Other 2011 ARIA Awards presenters included: Delta Goodrem, Missy Higgins, Molly Meldrum, Adam Hills, Tom Ballard, Alex Dyson, Hamish & Andy, Benji Madden, Joel Madden, Katie Noonan, Iva Davies, Stevie Nicks, Richard Wilkins, Ricki-Lee Coulter, James Kerley, Noah Taylor, Christina Amphlett, James Mathison, Erin McNaught, and Ruby Rose.

Performances
Delta Goodrem performed a moving version of Wendy Matthews' The Day You Went Away in tribute to the Australian artists who have passed away in the 25 years of the ARIA Awards. Other performances that night included Guy Sebastian, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Drapht, Cut Copy, Gotye, Kimbra, Art vs. Science,  Missy Higgins, The Living End, and Boy & Bear.

Category Changes
Four old categories reappeared for 2011. Breakthrough Artist - Single and Breakthrough Artist - Album replaced Breakthrough Artist. Highest Selling Single and Highest Selling Album replaced Most Popular Australian Album and Most Popular Australian Single. Those last two were removed from public voting. As a result two new categories that allowed public voting were added: Most Popular Australian Artist and Most Popular Australian Live Artist. As long as they were making changes, they moved Best Music DVD to the Fine Arts Awards section.

The winners of the Fine Arts Awards and Artisan Awards were announced on 11 October.

The 2011 ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards was Broadcast on GO! at 7:30pm on Sunday, 27 November 2011 and for the first time streamed on 3G mobiles.

 

 

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