ARIA Awards confirm no physical audience

The 2020 ARIA Awards have confirmed a one-of-a-kind ceremony to be held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on November 25.

While there will be no physical audience, the ARIA Awards will be announced live from The Star Event Centre stage and broadcast around Australia on the Nine Network.

Today’s Brooke Boney will reveal the 2020 nominees in October in a 2020 Awards Season Launch special on the ARIA YouTube channel. The Fine Arts and Artisan ARIA Awards will also be awarded on the same day as the ARIA Awards in partnership with YouTube Music on November 25th.

Dan Rosen, ARIA chief executive, said, “It has been a hugely challenging year for everyone around Australia and indeed the world. There is no doubt that our music industry has been impacted, first by the bushfires and then by the COVID-19 crisis, and ARIA has been working hard to ensure we are supporting Australia’s artists in their time of need. With this year’s ARIA Awards, we want to celebrate the resilience, strength, and camaraderie that our artists and the music industry have shown throughout 2020, and celebrate the successes of the Australian music industry, both locally and on the global stage. Australia’s music industry is a passionate and determined community, and we can’t wait to showcase that on this night of nights.”

Denis Handlin, ARIA chairman and chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand, said: “On behalf of the ARIA Board, I am excited to announce the return of the ARIA Awards and to bring a moment of celebration and togetherness in this challenging year. This year’s Awards will be different from those we have held in the past, but it provides us with a creative opportunity to showcase our fantastic Australian talent in a unique way to music fans here and around the world. I am thrilled to have the Nine Network as our television partner, as we welcome back Destination NSW and The Star, and we look forward to working with all our partners to create an unforgettable night.”

Hamish Turner, Nine Network program director, said: “2020 has been a year like no other. Through adversity the industry has come together to deliver two marquee events, in Music from the Homefront and the Bushfire Relief Concert. Nine are proud to once again support our artists and music community with this year’s broadcast of the ARIA Awards. We are excited to come together and celebrate the local industry and artists.”

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