Sydney band Gang Of Youths won the prestigious Apple Music Album Of The Year Award for their ARIA #1 album, “Go Farther In Lightness”, as well as ARIA Awards for Best Group, and Best Rock Album.
Paul Kelly was another winner and took home ARIA Awards for Best Male Artist and Best Adult Contemporary Album.
Fans were treated to stellar performances from International superstars Harry Styles and Lorde. In the middle of the Australian leg of his debut album tour, Styles was awarded the ARIA Award for Best International Artist and executed a stadium worthy rock performance of his latest single ‘Kiwi.’
New Zealand pop star Lorde also gave a stunning performance of her critically acclaimed track ‘Green Light’, following two sold out shows at Sydney’s Opera House Forecourt.
Jimmy Barnes lead a very special musical tribute to honour AC/DC guitarist Malcolm
Barnes was joined onstage alongside fellow Australian musicians to perform a rendition of AC/DC classic ‘High Voltage’, celebrating the lives of George, the producer of the track, and Malcolm who was known for his powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar.
While Paul Kelly also performed a memorable rendition of his 1989 legendary Australian classic hit single ‘Dumb Things’, joined on stage by ARIA nominee Dan Sultan and hip hop pair, A.B. Original, who also picked up awards for Best Independent Release and Best Urban Release for their debut album “Reclaim Australia”.
Amy Shark wowed the audiences with a performance of her two times platinum, chart-topping single ‘Adore’. After just twelve months since Shark burst onto the Australian music scene, she solidified her place at the top, taking home ARIA Awards for Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist for her EP “Night Thinker”.
It was Melbourne’s Illy that took the title for Best Australian Live Act, with the public voting him to win the award.
Bliss N Eso fans also delivered, voting the breathtaking video for platinum single ‘Moments (feat. Gavin James)’ to receive Best Video at this year’s awards.
Apple Music Song Of The Year was awarded to electronic outfit Peking Duk for their smash single ‘Stranger (feat. Elliphant)’. The duo were joined on stage by ARIA Award winner Jessica Mauboy to deliver a special mash-up performance of Peking Duk’s Apple Music Song Of The Year, and Mauboy’s platinum hit ‘Fallin’.
ARIA Award winners Josh Pyke and Jessica Mauboy announced the winner of the first ever ARIA Music Teacher Of The YearAward, sponsored by Telstra and supported by The Song Room, and Renee McCarthy from Woodcroft College, South Australia’s the proud recipient. This category was introduced to recognise music teachers for their passion and hard work in educating Australian children to play and love music.
The Carousel would like to thank Photography Agency Cyclone Imaging and Michael Theodoridis
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