ARIA Awards & Grammy Nominations


The big winners at this week’s ARIA Awards, held on Tuesday November 28, night were Paul Kelly and Gang of Youths, both winning four awards. Kelly’s album Life Is Fine helped him take home four awards, including best male artist and best adult contemporary album, best engineer and best cover art, while Gang of Youths won album of the year, best group, and best rock album for Go Farther in Lightness.

Kasey Chambers won for Best Country Album with Dragonfly while All Our Exes won Best Blues & Roots Album for When We Fall. Jimmy Barnes won his first ARIA since 1992 for Best Children’s Album with Och Aye the G’Nu! while fellow veteran Darryl Braithwaite was inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

While Jay Z (8) and Kendrick Lamar (7) lead the Grammy Nominations for next year’s ceremony on January 28 there are plenty of interesting categories to fill out the awards. The Rolling Stones have been nominated for Blue & Lonesome in the Traditional Blues category while Leonard Cohen has a nod for his songs ‘Steer Your Way’ in the Best American Roots Performance category. Gregg Allman, who died in May, has two nominations for Best American Roots SDong and Best Americana Album.

Best American Roots Performance:
‘Killer Diller Blues’ — Alabama Shakes
‘Let My Mother Live’— Blind Boys Of Alabama
‘Arkansas Farmboy’ — Glen Campbell
‘Steer Your Way’ — Leonard Cohen
‘I Never Cared For You’ — Alison Krauss
Best American Roots Song:
‘Cumberland Gap’ — David Rawlings
‘I Wish You Well” — The Mavericks
‘If We Were Vampires’ — Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
‘It Ain’t Over Yet’ — Rodney Crowell Featuring Rosanne Cash & John Paul White
‘My Only True Friend’ – Gregg Allman
Best Americana Album:
Southern Blood — Gregg Allman
Shine On Rainy Day — Brent Cobb
Beast Epic — Iron & Wine
The Nashville Sound — Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
Brand New Day — The Mavericks
Best Bluegrass Album:
Fiddler’s Dream — Michael Cleveland
Laws Of Gravity — The Infamous Stringdusters
Original — Bobby Osborne
Universal Favorite — Noam Pikelny
All The Rage – In Concert Volume One [Live] — Rhonda Vincent And The Rage
Best Traditional Blues Album:
Migration Blues — Eric Bibb
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio — Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
Roll And Tumble — R.L. Boyce
Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train — Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi
Blue & Lonesome — The Rolling Stones
Best Contemporary Blues Album:
Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm — Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
Recorded Live In Lafayette — Sonny Landreth
TajMo — Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’
Got Soul — Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Live From The Fox Oakland — Tedeschi Trucks Band
Best Folk Album:
Mental Illness — Aimee Mann
Semper Femina — Laura Marling
The Queen Of Hearts — Offa Rex
You Don’t Own Me Anymore — The Secret Sisters
The Laughing Apple — Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Best Regional Roots Music Album:
Top Of The Mountain — Dwayne Dopsie And The Zydeco Hellraisers

Ho’okena 3.0 — Ho’okena
Kalenda — Lost Bayou Ramblers
Miyo Kekisepa, Make A Stand [Live] — Northern Cree
Pua Kiele — Josh Tatofi


Album of the year: Gang Of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness                                                                                 Best male artist: Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine

Best female artist: Sia – The Greatest feat. Kendrick Lamar

Best dance release: Pnau – Chameleon

Best group: Gang Of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness

Breakthrough artist: Amy Shark – Night Thinker

Best pop release: Amy Shark – Night Thinker

Best urban album: A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia

Best independent release: A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia

Best rock album: Gang Of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness

Best adult contemporary album: Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine

Best country album: Kasey Chambers – Dragonfly

Best hard rock/heavy metal album: Northlane – Mesmer

Best blues & roots album: All Our Exes Live In Texas – When We Fall

Best children’s album: Jimmy Barnes – Och Aye the G’Nu!

Best video: Bliss N Eso – Moments (feat. Gavin James)

Best Australian live act (public voted): Illy

Song of the year (public voted): Peking Duk – Stranger (feat. Elliphant)’

Best international artist (public voted): Harry Styles – Harry Styles

Music teacher of the year: Renee McCarthy (Woodcroft College, Morphett Vale SA)


Producer Of The Year: Gang Of Youths and Adrian Breakspear for Gang Of Youths’ Go Farther In Lightness

Engineer Of The Year: Steven Schram for Paul Kelly’s Life Is Fine

Best Cover Art: Peter Salmon-Lomas for Paul Kelly’s Life Is Fine


Best Classical Album: Slava Grigoryan – Bach: Cello Suites Volume I

Best Jazz Album: James Morrison, BBC Concert Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, Harry Morrison & William Morrison – The Great American Songbook

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album: Nigel Westlake & Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with Joseph Tawadros, Slava Grigoryan & Lior – Ali’s Wedding

Best World Music Album: Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp – Songs of the Latin Skies

Best comedy release: John Clarke – Clarke’s Classics 

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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