ARIA Awards: Gang of Youths and Paul Kelly dominate

Photo: Gang of Youths at 2017 ARIA’s (The Huffington Post)

The night opened with a colourful and energetic performance by PNAU with their smash hit ‘Chameleon’ which picked up Best Dance release.

The night was dominated by Sydney rock band, Gang of Youths who went into the awards with the most nominations and ended up winning up to 4 ARIA’s, including Best Group and Best Rock Album.

Aussie music icon, Paul Kelly had a memorable night picking up 4 awards, including Best Male Artist and Best Adult Contemporary Album for ‘Life Is Fine’.

Kelly also took to the stage with a memorable performance of one of his classics ‘Dumb Things’ alongside A.B. Original and Dan Sultan.

A.B. Original also had a stellar night, winning Best Urban and Best Independent Release for their album ‘Reclaim’ which delves into poignant issues of racism, Indigenous disadvantage and police brutality.

“We made this album in our community, for our community, from our community,” said Briggs.

“Change doesn’t come from being comfortable,” he said.

Sia was crowned Best Female Artist for her single ‘The Greatest’ featuring Kendrick Lamar, however she wasn’t present to accept the award.

Lorde’s mash-up live performance of Liability and Green Light was full of eccentric lighting effects which were accompanied by her wild, mesmerising dance moves which captivated all eyes and ears.

Peking Duk’s collaboration with Jessica Mauboy singing ‘Stranger’, originally sung by Elliphant, was also noteworthy for Mauboy’s spot on vocals and vigorous presence.

Check out the full list of winners below.

The Full List of Winners

Best Group – Gang of Youths ‘Go Farther in Lightness’

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album – Northlane ‘Mesmer’

Best Rock Album – Gang of Youths ‘Go Farther in Lightness’

Best Blues and Roots Album – All Our Exes Live In Texas ‘When We Fall’

Best Children’s Album – Jimmy Barnes ‘Och Aye The G’Nu!’

Best Comedy Release – John Clarke ‘Clarke’s Classics’

Best Country Album – Kasey Chambers ‘Dragonfly’

Best Dance Album – PNAU ‘Chameleon’

Best Female Artist – Sia ‘The Greatest’

Best Male Artist – Paul Kelly ‘Life is Fine’

Best Independent Release – A.B. Original ‘Reclaim Australia’

Best Australian Live Act – Illy ‘The Two Degrees’ Tour

Album of the Year – Gang of Youths ‘Go Farther in Lightness’ 

Song of the Year – Peking Duk ft. Elliphant ‘Stranger’

Best Contemporary Album – Paul Kelly ‘Life is Fine’

Breakthrough Artist – Amy Shark ‘Night Thinker’

Best Urban Release – A.B. Original ‘Reclaim Australia’

Best International Artist – Harry Styles ‘Harry Styles’



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