ARIA Awards 2011: winners

After a travesty of a broadcast in 2010, the ARIA Awards has managed to help rebuild its reputation, thanks to GO!’s broadcast at AllPhones Arena last night.

Compared to last year, the night ran smoothly even if it was short on rock-star spontaneity.

Performances from Art vs Science, Guy Sebastian and Delta Goodrem were entertaining, and aside from a few audio problems most of the night seemed to run pretty seamlessly.

Other TV names on the night included Hamish and Andy, Altiyan Childs, Molly Meldrum, Adam Hills, and Katie Noonan.

Prime Minister inducted Kylie Minogue into the Hall of Fame.

“A person I came to know as a person of courage and compassion earlier this year,” said the PM

“When Japan was trying to recover from that devastating moment this person went to Japan.

“This person went to Japan and not only did the show go on, but she went to a special fundraising event to show that she cared.

“She came in to our hearts on Ramsay Street as one of our Neighbours. Ladies and gentlemen please join with me in honouring a woman so famous we only have so say her first name, Kylie.”

A gracious Minogue reflected back on her highs and lows.

“I don’t think anyone at Mushroom Records could spell pop,” she said.

“It was a dirty word, it wasn’t played on radio, it wasn’t cool, it wasn’t anything. The last thing people expected to hear from a soapie actress.”

She recalled her early days of dreaming of a music career.

“Singing into the hairbrush, listening to my dad’s records, doing Greased Lightning with my brother and sister.

“It’s been the most amazing journey and tonight I want to thank the people who have been a part of that great or small.

She thanked her family including sister Dannii, manager Terry Blamey, Michael and Sue Gudinski, stylist William Baker, boyfriend Andreas and her fans.

“I’m a very proud Australian,” she added.

“Tonight’s award means to much to me.”

Actor David Wenham also inducted kid’s superstars The Wiggles into the Hall of Fame.

“We were just a bunch of four pre-school teachers playing music for kids and just grew and grew,” they said.

Former Wiggle Greg Page joined the troupe on stage.

But the night belonged to Boy & Bear picking up five ARIAs including Album Of The Year and Gotye walking away with three, including Single Of The Year.

And was that really backstage host Jabba confirming himself as host of The Voice?

The full list of winners is below (winners in italics).

Zoe Badwi – Freefallin’
Boy & Bear – Feeding Line 
Havana Brown – We Run The Night
Drapht – Rapunzel
The Jezabels – Dark Storm

Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Drapht – The Life Of Riley
Gypsy & The Cat – Gilgamesh
The Middle East – I Want That You Are Always Happy
Oh Mercy – Great Barrier Grief

Art vs Science – The Experiment
John Butler Trio – Live At Red Rocks
The Jezabels – Dark Storm
Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses – Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Rrakala


Drapht – The Life Of Riley
Illy – The Chase
Koolism – The „Umu
Phrase – Babylon
Vents – Marked For Death

Bag Raiders – Bag Raiders
Cut Copy – Zonoscope 
Miami Horror – Illumination
Pnau – Soft Universe
The Potbelleez – From The Music

Troy Cassar-Daley – Live
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Shane Nicholson – Bad Machines
Jasmine Rae – Listen Here
Keith Urban – Get Closer

Birds of Tokyo – Plans
Havana Brown – We Run The Night
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
Jessica Mauboy – Saturday Night (feat. Ludacris)
Guy Sebastian – Who’s That Girl (feat. Eve) 

Altiyan Childs – Altiyan Childs
Birds Of Tokyo – Birds Of Tokyo
Angus & Julia Stone – Down The Way
Keith Urban – Get Closer
Various – He Will Have His Way – The Songs Of Tim & Neil Finn

Children Collide – Theory Of Everything
Eskimo Joe – Ghosts Of The Past
Jebediah – Kosciuszko
The Living End – The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating
Papa vs Pretty – United In Isolation

Tim Minchin – Tim Minchin & The Heritage Orchestra
Buddy Goode – The One And Only Buddy Goode
Josh Thomas – Josh Thomas Surprise
Adam Hills – Inflatable
Hamish & Andy – Celebrating 50 Glorious Years

Architecture in Helsinki – Moment Bends
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) 
Gypsy & The Cat – Gilgamesh
Guy Sebastian – Who’s That Girl (feat. Eve)
Washington – Holy Moses

Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Grinderman – 2
Little Red – Midnight Remember
The Panics – Rain On The Humming Wire
Seeker Love Keeper – Seeker Lover Keeper

Coerce – Ethereal Surrogate Saviour
Cosmic Psychos – Glorius Basterds
Dream On Dreamer – Heartbound
Floatingme – Floatingme
Front End Loader – Ritardando 

John Farnham – Jack
Colin Hay – Gathering Mercury
Damien Leith – Roy
Mark Seymour & The Undertow – Undertow
Billy Thorpe – Billy Thorpe’s Tangier

Dirtgirlworld – Dig It
Hi-5 – Turn The Music Up
Play School – Let’s Play Together
Holly Throsby – See!
The Wiggles – Ukulele Baby!

The Audreys – Sometimes The Stars
Backsliders – Starvation Box
Blue King Brown – Worldwize Part 1 : North & South
John Butler Trio – Live At Red Rocks
The Waifs – Temptation

Birds Of Tokyo
Justice Crew
Jessica Mauboy
Angus & Julia Stone
Keith Urban

Chris Brown
Lady Gaga

Birds Of Tokyo
Justice Crew
The Living End
Shannon Noll
Keith Urban

Birds of Tokyo – Wild At Heart
Boy & Bear – Moonfire 
Eskimo Joe – Ghosts Of The Past
Grinderman – 2
The Living End – The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating

Drapht – The Life Of Riley
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
Gareth Liddiard – Strange Tourist
Josh Pyke – No One Wants A Lover
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Rrakala

Adalita – Adalita
Clare Bowditch – Are You Ready Yet?
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Kimbra – Cameo Lover
Washington – Holy Moses

Birds of Tokyo – Wild at Heart
Boy & Bear – Feeding Line
Drapht- Rapunzel
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) 
The Jezabels – Dark Storm
Guy Sebastian – Who’s That Girl (feat. Eve)

Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Eskimo Joe – Ghosts Of The Past
Grinderman – 2
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Rrakala



  1. i agree with John Jackson about so many triple j artist getting nominated but i think half the reason is because mainstream radio don’t play that much new aussie music, as apposed to triple j plays at least 40 to 50 percent Australian artists

  2. @JB – for the time period that they restrict the highest selling awards to Guy did have the highest selling. The period doesn’t encompass from last ARIA awards to when these ones were held.

    Also speaking of Triple J.. When did it become so much about them? I mean I remember when Peter Andre, Delta Goodrem and Girlfriend were winning the awards, which you could put into the pop category. I’m not sure how many of the artists who are mostly restricted to Triple J would call themselves pop.

  3. Personally i don’t think Kylie can sing, i don’t rate her music, and her accent is irritating, but she definitely deserved the Hall Of Fame. Had amazing success, she can definitely entertain and to last so long in the industry is a credit to her. And for an Aussie to be so successful overseas is good.

    Besides the dance category which i would have given to Bag Raiders or Miami Horror, the rest were pretty much spot on. Although Gotye’s song is 6x platinum while Guy Sebastian’s song is 4x platinum. Dunno how Guy won highest selling single. And sad Altiyan Childs is now an ARIA winner.
    It was a good year in Aussie music so glad Gotye, Boy & Bear, Birds of Tokyo, Drapht, all got a win. And especially happy for Art v Science. Love them.

    Ceremony was very good as well. Much better than previous years.

  4. pietro : there where a bunch of awards handed out about 3 or 4 weeks ago so just the bigger awards where on TV,

    on the argument about people not knowing who these bands are get over ya selves i am 31 in December and a devoted Triple J listener these band that won are best and have worked very hard to get the recognition they deserve how about people stop listening to the today fm crap with kyle and jacki o and start listening to real Australian music

  5. For those saying they haven’t heard many of the artists, it’s Not necessarily about your age but probably because you don’t really listen to Triple J. So outside of Guy, Kylie, Hamish & Andy, and Altiyan pretty much everyone else gets a large amount of notice on Triple J, but hardly anywhere else, which basically brings forth that it might as well be named Triple J awards.

  6. @Jobbywobby, yes kylie does deserve the hall of fame. She does write her own songs, she has creative control in her brand and image and realised 11 studio albums with 7 world tours.Plus on she has survived the cut throat world of pop music for more than 25years which is far more than what any other ex soapie popstar has ever acheived.

  7. Maev....Sydney

    Highest Selling Album
    Altiyan Childs – Altiyan Childs
    This was not voted on…..this is what most people spent their hard earned money on above all others on offer….
    No I am not a fan….the only reason I noticed….is because my sister…who is a fan…emailed me this morning….
    But credit where credit is due.

  8. I love the ‘I’ve never heard of them’ complaints. Apart from the (very recent) popularly voted categories, the ARIAs are industry nominated and judged, meaning they’re awarded by their peers. It’s not a popularity contest. Maybe it’s time you guys branched out and listened to something new?

  9. I think I getting old. Im under 30 and I had never heard of half of the groups that won.

    But I think it shows that you can host a big event and do it well without a host. Maybe the logies could take note. The presenters coming out were fine.

    Delta singing for the memoriam segment was beautiful. Overall it wasnt bad.

  10. @Ruby
    Did some more research, it does appear that she has co-wrote or even written a few complete songs.

    Ignorant? No, bored with crappy singers, Yes
    Bored with over rated ‘artists’ Yes

    Heard some band on the radio this morning, they were the ones who won awards at the Arias, my first thought was what a crappy singing voice.

  11. @JobbyWobby shows how ignorant you are of some artists, Kylie has over 142 written songs and composed music which has being registered in her name, I am not a fan but give credit where it is due,

  12. AmazingRaceAlex

    Everyone knows that the ARIA Awards is a joke. Every year one band, group or singer wins the majority of the awards and then we never hear from them again. Ugh, as if the public feeds into this crap.

  13. I think part of the problem with these awards (at least to those in our house) was what all the categories actually meant and how they were differentiated. We gave up and watched a DVD

  14. Flicked on and off. Caught the in memorium tribute but had no idea who they were showing on the screen except James Freud. Pictures too dark and writing too fancy for TV.

    @Mydonna, too old to even know Billy Thopre?

  15. Hope it topped the night and beat 9, there was nothing else on except ABC in my opinion. Was hoping IAKO was at the very least entertaining, but 2 mins in and I could tell it was going to be a fizzer.

  16. So some ex soapie TV actor who sings like a budgie, does not write songs or music but wears very little clothing on stage gets a big award….

    No wonder the Australian music industry is crap.

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