Posted By John
1987 ARIA Award Winners

1st ARIA Awards Ceremony

2 March 1987
Sheraton Wentworth Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Hosted by Elton John.

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 in 1987 when only 500 recording industry people attended the very first ARIA Awards ceremony. The first three years had no live performances and it was not televised until 1991.

ARIA Awards

Song Of The Year
Crowded House
Don’t Dream It’s Over

Single Of The Year
John Farnham
You’re The Voice

Highest Selling Single
John Farnham
You’re The Voice

Highest Selling Album
John Farnham
Whispering Jack

Best Female Artist
Jenny Morris

Best Male Artist
John Farnham

Best Group

Best New Talent
Crowded House

Album Of The Year
John Farnham
Whispering Jack

Best Country Album
John Williamson
Mallee Boy

Best Comedy Release
Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson
Kev’s Back

Best Indigenous Release
Coloured Stone
Human Love

Best Adult Contemporary Album
John Farnham
You’re The Voice

Fine Arts Awards

Best Classical Album
Barry Conynham – Southern Cross Ice Carving

Best Jazz Album
The George Golla Orchestra – Lush Life

Best Original Soundtrack, Cast, Show Recording
Robyn Archer – The Pack Of Women

Artisan Awards

Best Cover Art
Olah Witer – Big Pig – Big Pig

Engineer Of The Year
Alan Wright

Best Video
Alex Proyas – Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over

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