ARIAs for Courtney Barnett & CW Stoneking

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Courtney Barnett continued her stellar year with four ARIA Awards, including Best Female Artist, last night at Sydney’s Star Casino. Tame Impala were also big winners on the night with three ARIAS, including Album of The Year, Best Group and Best Rock Album.

Barnett also won the award for Best Independent Release with her acclaimed album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

Other winners included the eccentric CW Stoneking for Best Blues & Roots Album with Gon’ Boogaloo, Oh Mercy for Best Adult Contemporary Album and Shane Nicholson for Best Country Album with Hell Breaks Loose. 

The evening wasn’t without its controversy. Hall of Fame inductee Tina Arena used her acceptance speech to slam the current state of commercial radio and its attitude towards older artists.

“Who decides in radio that a woman at a certain point in her life no longer becomes viable?” said Arena. “Women and men of all ages have something interesting to say but what I have struggled with is the complete ostracisation of a woman at a certain age.”

“I want to still acknowledge that ladies over 40 are still in the game,” she added. “My darling friend behind me Miss Kylie Minogue, the wonderful Madonna, J-Lo, Annie Lennox, my Lord the list does go on.”

Triple J presenter Matt Okine, who won the ARIA for Best Comedy Album, used his speech to criticise the fact that his category had only male nominees.

“I don’t think there was any women nominated at all in the comedy category just then,” said Okine. “I don’t think there were any women who were featured artists on tonight’s show even.”

Okine’s speech was not shown in the telecast, which according to TV ratings figures tanked with over 100,000 fewer viewers than last year’s show (461, 000 vs 570,000, with only 406,000 for the red carpet broadcast). The show did top the 16-39 demographic and rated better than the 2011-2013 broadcasts.

ARIA AWARD WINNERS 2015

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Tame Impala – Currents

SONG OF THE YEAR

Conrad Sewell – Start Again

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

Courtney Barnett

HALL OF FAME

Tina Arena

BEST MALE ARTIST

Vance Joy

BEST FEMALE ARTIST

Courtney Barnett

BEST GROUP

Tame Impala

BEST URBAN ALBUM

Seth Sentry – Strange New Past

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Tame Impala -– Currents

BEST POP RELEASE

Jarryd James – Do You Remember

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

Shane Nicholson – Hell Breaks Loose

BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

BEST DANCE RELEASE

Rufus – You Were Right

BEST HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL ALBUM

Northlane – Node

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Oh Mercy – When We Talk About Love

BEST BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

C.W. Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo

BEST LIVE AUSTRALIAN ACT

5 Seconds Of Summer – Rock Out With Your Socks Out tour

BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM

Sam Moran – Play Along With Sam: Boo!

BEST COMEDY RELEASE

Matt Okine – Live At The Enmore

BEST VIDEO

The Veronicas/Matt Sharp and Daniel James – You Ruin Me

BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST

One Direction

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Lee Kernaghan – Spirit Of The ANZACS

DIAMOND AWARD (for sales in excess of half a million)

Ed Sheeran

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 (rrr.org.au) 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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