The 2015 ARIA awards not only highlighted the efforts of our most celebrated Australian musicians last night, but helped express important social issues.
Tina Arena and Triple J breakfast presenter Matt Okine were quick to express their dismay with the Australian music industry, with Ms Arena calling on Australian radio stations to continue to support local Australian music during her heartfelt, yet satisfying ARIA Hall of Fame induction speech. She then performed her 1994 hit Chains with Jessica Mauboy and The Veronicas.
“Continue to support Australian music on the quality of a song,” she said. “Don’t meet your Australian quotas because you have to, exceed them because you want to.”
She also spoke on the issue of ageism, mentioning her national and international fellow female musicians Kylie Minogue and Madonna, reassuring them of their relevance to music.
“Ladies over 40 are still in the game. Keep doing what you’re doing, ladies, because we will decide when it’s time for us to stop.”
Matt Okine, who took out the ARIA for Best Comedy album, spoke on gender inequality and seemed unimpressed with the nominees in his category.
“I’d feel bad if I didn’t make a point of something. I don’t think there were [sic] any women nominated for this award” he said during his acceptance speech. “I didn’t feel great reading that list of people.”
The Newsroom was there to interview the stars as they walked the red carpet on arrival.
Report by Ben Potter; video produced by Ra’Eesah Lillah and presented by Greta Levy.
The 2015 ARIA award winners were:
Album of the Year: Currents – Tame Impala
Song of the Year: Start Again – Conrad Sewell
Best International Artist: One Direction
Best Live Act: Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour – 5 Seconds of Summer
Best Male Artist: Dream Your Life Away – Vance Joy
Best Female Artist: Courtney Barnett
Best Dance Release: You Were Right – RUFUS
Best Rock Album: Currents – Tame Impala
Best Video: Matt Sharp and Daniel James for You Ruin Me – The Veronicas
Best Country album: Hell Breaks Loose – Shane Nicholson
Best Urban Album: Strange New Past – Seth Sentry
Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album: Node – Northlane
Best Blues and Roots Album: Gon’ Boogaloo – C.W. Stoneking
Best Adult Contemporary Album: When We Talk About Love – Oh Mercy
Breakthrough Artist: Courtney Barnett
Best Independent Release: Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Think – Courtney Barnett
Best Pop Release: Do You Remember – Jarryd James
Best Group: Tame Impala
Best Comedy Release: Live At The Enmore Theatre – Matt Okine
Best Children’s Release: Play Along With Sam: BOO! – Sam Moran for The Wiggles
Outstanding Achievement Award: Spirit of the ANZACs – Lee Kernaghan
Diamond Award: X – Ed Sheeran
Top image – Tina Arena performing at the awards – from thevenuecollective’s Instagram feed.