Dec 032022
Australian ARIA Awards
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The ARIA Awards is Australia’s premier music awards ceremony. It is run by the Australian Recording Industry Association to recognise excellence, innovation and achievement across all genres of Australian music.

Today’s ARIA Awards is seen by around 2 million people on television, and approximately 2,500 recording industry guests and 5,000 members of the general public. That’s a far cry from it’s modest beginnings on 2 March 1987 when it was not televised, and only 500 recording industry people attended the event.

ARIA stands for Australian Recording Industry Association. It’s this association that created the ARIA Awards in 1987 to honour and celebrate excellence and innovation in all genres of Australian music.

The very first ARIA Awards ceremony was hosted by Elton John. Unlike today’s lively ceremony, the first three years had no live performances. The ceremony was also not televised until 1991. The 6th ARIA Awards in 1992 in Melbourne, VIC was the only time the Ceremony was not in Sydney.

The 9th ARIA Awards in 1995 was marked by a change in date from March to October. This was done to allow more competition since October is near the music industry’s year end.

The award categories have changed over the years.
The following are the Current Categories of Awards

Picking the Winners
The ARIA Award nominees and
winners are
not chosen by the public.
ARIA members submit their
nominations each
year by around the end of July.
In 26 of the 28
categories, the over 1,000 ARIA
member voting
academy selects the winners.
These awards are
voted on by people from the
music industry
including: journalists and critics,
ARIA member
record companies, past ARIA
winners, agents,
concert promoters, and others.
Two of the categories (Highest
Selling Album
and Highest Selling Single) are
determined by
audited sales records. The Hall
of Fame and the
Lifetime Achievement Awards
are both determined by the
ARIA Board. These special
awards are not always given out.
Fine Arts Awards
Best Jazz Album
Best Classical Album
Best World Music Album
Best Original Soundtrack,
   Cast, Show Recording
ARIA Public VotedAwards
Most Popular Australian Single
Most Popular Australian Album
Most Popular Australian Artist
Most Popular International Artist
ARIA Awards
Highest Selling Album
Highest Selling Single
Breakthrough Artist – Release
Best Independent Release
Best Adult Contemporary Album
Best Blues and Roots Album
Best Digital Retail Service
Best Streaming Service
Artisan Awards
Best Cover Art
Best Video
Producer of the Year
Engineer of the Year
ARIA Awards
Album of the Year
Single of the Year
Best Pop Release
Best Female Artist
Best Male Artist
Best Group
Best Rock Album
Best Music DVD
Best Dance Release
Best Children’s Album
Best Country Album
Best Urban Release
Best Comedy Release

How to See the Awards

You can get an up-close and personal view of the Awards from your television courtesy of Network Ten’s live broadcast. If you’re outside of Australia, the event is broadcast to international audiences through PAY TV. Check your local listings.

During the week of the event, drop into the ARIA Awards website to see which newspapers will have the ARIA Awards program. It will come in handy when you’re watching the event on TV.

If you’re a die-hard fan and want to be there in person, you can. Tickets are available not only for members of the music industry, but for the general public too. The event is designed for all ages so you can make it a special family event. The ARIA Awards website has information about prices and how to order tickets.

More Information

  • ARIA website contains Australia’s official music charts: singles, album, dance, country,
    compilations, Australasian, club, urban, and DVD charts.
  • The official ARIA Awards website has great photos of your favourite recording artists at the ARIAs
    along with news and information on how you can get tickets to the next one. You can also look up different recording artists to see how many nominations and awards they’ve won.

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