It’s that time guys! Yet another year of recognising musical excellence is upon us, and the list of nominees for this year’s ARIA Awards is here.

Leading the charge is Sydney band Gang of Youths with eight incredibly well deserved nominations, closely followed by Paul Kelly with seven. However props to the ladies as they are definitely racking up the numbers too. Amy Shark and Jessica Mauboy tallied six nominations each, while SIA gathered five and Tash Sultana four.

This year marks the return of two of the event’s most highly anticipated categories – “Apple Music Song Of The Year” and “Apple Music Album Of The Year”, giving fans the power to cast their vote and show their support by listening to their favourite song on Apple Music. Fans will also have the chance to vote in the categories of “Best International Act”, “Best Australian Live Act” and “Best Video”, with more information on these publicly voted awards being found here: https://ariaawards.com.au/public-voting

Also returning this year is the opportunity for music fans to decide an ARIA winner exclusively via Twitter for the “Best International Artist Category”. Fans can start voting for their favourite International Artist right now by heading to Twitter using the following hashtags:

#ARIASADELE #ARIASBRUNOMARS #ARIASEDSHEERAN #ARIASHARRYSTYLES #ARIASKENDRICKLAMAR #ARIASLORDE #ARIASMETALLICA #ARIASSHAWNMENDES #ARIASROLLINGSTONES #ARIASTHEWEEKND

Amazingly, there is a new award in the mix! The nominees for the first-ever “ARIA Music Teacher Of The Year Award” which recognises music teachers for their passion and hard work in educating Australian children to play and love music. It’s about time this came into play. To vote for your favourite ARIA Music Teacher, head here: https://www.ariamusicteacheraward.com.au

The 2017 ARIA Awards will take place at The Star in Sydney on Tuesday November 28.

Here’s our Red Carpet coverage from the 2016 ARIA Awards, and if you keep scrolling down you’ll be able to check out the entire list of nominees and some of the winners.

2017 NOMINEES
Apple Music Album Of The Year
A.B. Original for “Reclaim Australia” (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)
Amy Shark for “Night Thinker” (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Gang Of Youths for “Go Farther In Lightness” (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music Australia)
Illy for “Two Degrees” (ONETWO/Warner Music Australia)
Paul Kelly for “Life Is Fine” (EMI)

Best Male Artist
D.D Dumbo for “Utopia Defeated” (Liberation Music)
Dan Sultan for “Killer” (Liberation Music)
Illy for “Two Degrees” (ONETWO/Warner Music Australia)
Paul Kelly for “Life Is Fine” (EMI)
Vance Joy for “Lay It On Me” (Liberation Music)

Best Female Artist
Amy Shark for “Night Thinker” (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Jessica Mauboy “The Secret Daughter (Songs from the Original TV Series” (Sony Music Australia
Julia Jacklin “Don’t Let The Kids Win” (Liberation Music)
Meg Mac “Low Blows” (littleBIGMAN Records/EMI)
SIA ‘The Greatest feat. Kendrick Lamar’ (Inertia Music)

Best Dance Release
Dom Dolla & Torren Foot for ‘Be Randy’ (Club Sweat/Xelon)
Jagwar Ma for “Every Now & Then” (Future Classic)
Peking Duk for ‘Stranger (feat. Elliphant)’ (Sony Music)
Pnau for ‘Chameleon’ (etcetc Music)
The Kite String Tangle for “The Kite String Tangle” (Warner Music Australia/ Exist Recordings)

Best Group
A.B Original for “Reclaim Australia” (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)
Gang Of Youths for “Go Farther In Lightness” (Mosy Records/Sony Music Australia)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard for “Flying Microtonal Banana” (Flightless Records/Remote Control Records)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for “Skeleton Tree” (Bad Seed Ltd/Kobalt Music Australia)
Peking Duk for “Stranger (feat. Elliphant)” (Sony Music Australia)

Breakthrough Artist
A.B Original for “Reclaim Australia” (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)
Amy Shark for “Night Thinker” (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Dean Lewis for “Waves” (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Tash Sultana for “Notion” (Lonely Lands Records/Sony Music Australia)
Tkay Maidza for “TKAY” (Dew Process)

Best Pop Release
Amy Shark for “Night Thinker” (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Dean Lewis for “Waves” (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Jessica Mauboy for “Fallin’’ (Sony Music Australia)
Sia for “The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” (Sony Music Australia)
Vera Blue for “Perennial” (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Best Urban Album
A.B Original for “Reclaim Australia” (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)
Illy for “Two Degrees” (ONETWO/Warner Music Australia)
REMI for “Divas & Demons” (House of Beige/UNFD)
Thundamentals for “Everyone We Know” (High Depth/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Tkay Maidza for “TKAY” (Dew Process)

Best Independent Release
A.B Original for “Reclaim Australia” (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)
Dan Sultan for “Killer” (Liberation Music)
SIA for “The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” (Inertia Music)
Tash Sultana for “Notion” (Lonely Lands Records/Sony Music Australia)
Vance Joy for “Lay It On Me” (Liberation Music)

Best Rock Album
Dan Sultan for “Killer” (Liberation Music)
Dune Rats for “The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit (Ratbag Records)
Gang Of Youths for “Go Farther In Lightness” (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music Australia)
Polish Club for “Alrighty Alrighty” (Double Double/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
The Preatures for “Girlhood” (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Bernard Fanning for “Brutal Dawn” (Dew Process)
D.D Dumbo for “Utopia Defeated” (Liberation Music)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for “Skeleton Tree” (Bad Seed Ltd/Kobalt Music Recordings)
Paul Kelly for “Life Is Fine” (EMI)
Pete Murray for “Camacho” (Sony Music Australia)

Best Country Album
Kasey Chambers for “Dragonfly” (Essence Music/Warner Music Australia)
Lee Kernaghan for “The 25th Anniversary Album” (ABC Music/Universal)
O’Shea for “61-615” (Sony Music Australia)
Shane Nicholson for “Love And Blood” (Lost Highway Australia/Universal Music Australia)
The McClymonts for “Endless” (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Airbourne for “Breaking Outta Hell” (Spinefarm Records/Caroline Australia)
Frenzal Rhomb for “Hi-Vis High Tea” (Caroline Australia)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard for “Murder Of The Universe” (FLIGHTLESS/Inertia)
Northlane for “Mesmer” (UNFD/Warner Music Australia)
Sleepmakeswaves for “Made of Breath Only” (Bird’s Robe Records/MGM)

Best Blues & Roots Album
All Our Exes Live In Texas for “When We Fall” (ABC Music/Universal Music)
Archie Roach for “Let Love Rule” (Liberation Music)
Busby Marou for “Postcards From The Shell House” (Warner Music Australia)
Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen for “Death’s Dateless Night” (Gawdaggie/Universal Music Australia)
Tash Sultana for “Notion” (Lonely Lands Records/Sony Music)

Best Children’s Album
Jimmy Barnes for “Och Aye the G’Nu!” (ABC Music/Universal)
Lah-Lah for “Having Fun!” (Sony Music)
Peter Combe for “Live It Up” (Peter Combe Music/Planet)
The Idea of North, Lior & Elena Kats-Chernin for “A Piece of Quiet [The Hush Collection, Vol 16]” (ABC Music/Universal)
The Wiggles for “The Wiggles Duets” (ABC Music/Universal)

Public Voted Awards
Best Video
Amy Shark for ‘Drive You Mad’ (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Bliss N Eso for ‘Moments (feat. Gavin James)’ (Illusive)
Client Liaison for ‘A Foreign Affair’ (Dot Dash Recordings/Remote Control Records)
Client Liaison for ‘Off White Limousine’ (Dot Dash Recordings/Remote Control Records)
Dean Lewis for ‘Waves’ (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Gang Of Youths for ‘The Deepest Signs, the Frankest Shadows’ (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music)
Illy for ‘You Say When (feat. Marko Penn’ (ONETWO/Warner Music Australia)
Jessica Mauboy for ‘Fallin’’ (Sony Music Australia)
Kirin J Callinan for ‘S.A.D’ (EMI)
SIA for ‘The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar)’ (Inertia Music)

Best Australian Live Act
Client Liaison (Dot Dash Recordings/Remote Control Records)
Flume (Future Classic)
Gang Of Youths (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music)
Illy (ONETWO/Warner Music Australia)
Jessica Mauboy (Sony Music)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (FLIGHTLESS/Inertia)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (Bad Seed Ltd / Kobalt Music Recordings)
Peking Duk (Sony Music)
Tash Sultana (Lonely Lands Records/Sony Music)
Violent Soho (I OH YOU)

Apple Music Song Of The Year
Amy Shark for ‘Adore’ (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Bliss N Eso for ‘Moments (feat. Gavin James)’ (Illusive)
Dean Lewis for ‘Waves’ (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Guy Sebastian for ‘Set In Stone’ (Sony Music Australia)
Illy for ‘Catch 22 (feat. Anne-Marie)’ (ONETWO/Warner Music Australia)
Jessica Mauboy for ‘Fallin’ (Sony Music Australia)
Peking Duk for ‘Stranger (feat. Elliphant)’ (Sony Music Australia)
Pnau for ‘Chameleon’ (etc etc Music)
SIA for ‘The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar)’ (Inertia Music)
Starley for ‘Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)’ (Tinted Records/Universal)

Best International Artist
Adele for “25” (XL Recordings/Inertia)
Bruno Mars for “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records/Warner Music)
Ed Sheeran for “÷” and “Loose Change” (Warner Music)
Harry Styles for self titled album “Harry Styles” (Columbia/Sony Music Australia)
Kendrick Lamar for “DAMN” and “Untitled Unmastered” (Interscope/Universal Music Australia)
Lorde for “Melodrama” (Universal Music International/Universal)
Metallica for “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” (Virgin/EMI)
Shawn Mendes for “Illuminate” (Island Records/Universal Music Australia)
The Rolling Stones for “Blue & Lonesome” (Polydor Records/Universal Music Australia)
The Weeknd for “Starboy” (Universal Music International/Universal)

Music Teacher of the Year
Julie Layt (Cresent Lagoon State School, Rockhampton QLD 4700)
Stephen Mcewan (Bellarine Secondary College, Drysdale VIC 3200)
Renee McCarthy (Woodcroft College, Morphett Vale SA 5162)
Alex Manton (Asquith Girls High School, Asquith NSW 2077)

Outstanding Digital Service
Apple Music
Bandcamp
iTunes
Spotify
YouTube

WINNERS
Artisan Awards | Nominated Artists
Producer Of The Year
WINNER: GANG OF YOUTHS AND ADRIAN BREAKSPEAR FOR GANG OF YOUTHS “GO FARTHER IN LIGHTNESS” (MOSY RECORDINGS/SONY MUSIC)

Engineer Of The Year
WINNER: STEVEN SCHRAM FOR PAUL KELLY ”LIFE IS FINE” (EMI)

Best Cover Art
WINNER: PETER SALMON-LOMAS FOR PAUL KELLY “LIFE IS FINE” (EMI)

Fine Arts Awards | Nominated Artists
Best Classical Album
WINNER: SLAVA GRIGORYAN “BACH: CELLO SUITES VOLUME I” (ABC CLASSICS/UNIVERSAL MUSIC)

Best Jazz Album
WINNER: JAMES MORRISON, BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA, KEITH LOCKHART, HARRY MORRISON & WILLIAM MORRISON “THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK” (ABC JAZZ/UNIVERSAL MUSIC)

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album
WINNER: NIGEL WESTLAKE & SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, WITH JOSEPH TAWADROS, SLAVA GRIGORYAN & LIOR “ALI’S WEDDING” (ABC CLASSICS/UNIVERSAL MUSIC)

Best World Music Album
WINNER: KATIE NOONAN AND KARIN SCHAUPP “SONGS OF THE LATIN SKIES” (KIN MUSIC/UNIVERSAL MUSIC)

Best Comedy Release | Nominated Artists
WINNER: JOHN CLARKE “CLARKE’S CLASSICS” (ABC CLASSICS/UNIVERSAL MUSIC)

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author: Kara Bertoncini
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