The ARIA Awards — Australia’s answer to the Grammy Awards — arrive every fall amid plenty of hype. And this year several Eurovision acts have landed nominations, putting them front and centre in the country’s competitive music industry.
First set up in 1987, the ARIA Awards are brought to you by the Australian Recording Industry Association — a trade group representing the Australian recording industry. Besides closed-door jury votes, there are also categories where the public gets to pick the winner, including video and song of the year.
This year’s ceremony is set to take place on November 27 in the Sydney Star Event Centre. Hosting the show is none other than Guy Sebastian, Australia’s first contestant at Eurovision back in 2015. This year, YouTube music will work exclusively with the show’s producers, suggesting something very special may be in store.
ARIA Awards 2019: Eurovision nominees
Among the nominees are Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy and Electric Fields.
Guy will be very busy both as host and nominee across several categories. He’s notched up four nominations in the categories of Best Male Artist, Best Pop Release (for “Choir”) as well as Song of the Year (for “Choir”) and Best Video (for, guess what, “Choir”).
Jessica Mauboy struck gold on the Australian single charts this year. Her track “Little Things” became one of the biggest songs of the year in the country. Now it’s secured her a nod for Best Video. Our girl is also up in the category Best Female Artist.
Electric Fields has also kept their momentum going. The Australian duo are mostly known among Eurovision fans for their participation at Australia Decides with “2000 and Whatever”. Just losing out to Kate Miller-Heidke, they had a successful run nonetheless. They are now up for Best Australian Live Act for their “2000 and Whatever Tour”.
It’s now up to The Australian public to vote and decide whether Jess or Guy will win Best Video. But there’s strong competition from the likes of Tones and I and Hilltop Hoods.
Dami Im receives Australia’s Women In Music Humanitarian Award
But that’s not the end of the story! Dami Im, who just released her latest single “Crying Underwater”, also picked up an important accolade. The singer received this year’s humanitarian award at the Australian Women In Music Awards.
Dami Im expressed her gratitude on her personal Instagram account. In a post about her win, she stated that she’s “humbled to be awarded for something that I really love and believe in”. Previously, she worked together with Compassion Australia to improve living standards of people living in poverty. The award is another reflection of her continuous work to shape a better society.
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