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Australian ARIA Awards

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.

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.

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

Fine Arts Awards

Best Jazz Album
Best Classical Album
Best World Music Album
Best Original Soundtrack,
Cast, Show Recording

ARIA Public Voted Awards

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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