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Gang of Youths, Paul Kelly dominate 2017 ARIAs

Sydney rockers Gang of Youths have scooped four ARIAs at Australian music’s night of nights, cementing their status as one of Australia’s hottest rock bands.

Their haul included the prestigious Album Of The Year Award for Go Farther In Lightness, along with Best Group and Best Rock Album. They also picked up the Producer Of The Year for Adrian Breakspear, which was announced at a separate earlier event.

The band gave a blistering performance of their single ‘What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?’ showing the ARIAs audience exactly why they’re so damn popular.

Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Kelly took home four ARIAs including Best Male Artist and Best Adult Contemporary Album for his 2017 album Life Is Fine.

Kelly brought the house down with an unforgettable performance of 1989 hit ‘Dumb Things’, joined by Dan Sultan and AB Original, who also picked up awards for Best Independent Release and Best Urban Release for their debut album ‘Reclaim Australia’.

It was a politically-charged performance, which was entirely expected given Triple J’s announcement yesterday that the Hottest 100 countdown would be moving away from Australia Day.

“The Date’s Changin,” declared AB Original member Briggs before the supergroup launched into the song’s chorus.

Pop phenomenon Sia was named Best Female Artist for the second year in a row, and in typical fashion did not attend to collect her award.

Amy Shark was her charming self, captivating the audience with a gorgeous performance of her chart-topping single ‘Adore’ and taking home two ARIAs of her own for Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist for Night Thinker.

Melbourne hip hop artist Illy took out Best Australian Live Act, as voted by the public, with Bliss n Eso winning best video for ‘Moments (feat. Gavin James).

Pnau put themselves firmly back on the Aussie dance music map with a power-driven performance of their comeback hit ‘Chameleon’, while Peking Duk teamed up with Jessica Mauboy on a mash-up of the band’s Song of the Year-winning hit ‘Fallin’.

Oh yeah, and some guy called Harry Styles made an appearance, as did Kiwi pop superstar Lorde who delivered a euphoric performance of her hit ‘Green Light’.

Aussie rock royalty Jimmy Barnes lead a very special musical tribute to honour AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, who passed away earlier this month, and older brother and AC/DC producer George Young, who passed away in October. Barnes was joined onstage by other musicians to perform the AC/DC classic ‘High Voltage’.

Barnes again took the stage induct Daryl Braithwaite to the ARIA Hall of Fame, after which Braithwaite teamed up with Guy Sebastian and Vera Blue to deliver his biggest hit ‘Horses’, complete with pub-style crowd singalong.

And we must make special mention of potentially the  most important award of the night – the first-ever ARIA for Music Teacher of the Year, which went to Renee McCarthy from Woodcroft College in South Australia.

Check out the full list of winners below.



Album Of The Year

Gang Of Youths for “Go Farther In Lightness” (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music Australia)

Best Male Artist

Paul Kelly for “Life Is Fine” (EMI)

Best Female Artist

Sia ‘The Greatest feat. Kendrick Lamar’ (Inertia Music)

Best Dance Release

Pnau for ‘Chameleon’ (etcetc Music)

Best Group

Gang Of Youths for “Go Farther In Lightness” (Mosy Records/Sony Music Australia)

Breakthrough Artist

Amy Shark for “Night Thinker” (Wonderlick Recording Company)

Best Pop Release

Amy Shark for “Night Thinker” (Wonderlick Recording Company)

Best Urban Album

A.B. Original for “Reclaim Australia” (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)

Best Independent Release

A.B. Original for “Reclaim Australia” (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)

Best Rock Album

Gang Of Youths for “Go Farther In Lightness” (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music Australia)

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Paul Kelly for “Life Is Fine” (EMI)

Best Country Album

Kasey Chambers for “Dragonfly” (Essence Music/Warner Music Australia)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

Northlane for “Mesmer” (UNFD/Warner Music Australia)

Best Blues & Roots Album

All Our Exes Live In Texas for “When We Fall” (ABC Music/Universal Music)

Best Children’s Album

Jimmy Barnes for “Och Aye the G’Nu!” (ABC Music/Universal)

Best Video

Bliss N Eso for ‘Moments (feat. Gavin James)’ (Illusive)

Best Australian Live Act

Illy (ONETWO/Warner Music Australia)

Apple Music Song Of The Year

WINNER: Peking Duk for ‘Stranger (feat. Elliphant)’ (Sony Music Australia)

Best International Artist

WINNER: Harry Styles for self titled album “Harry Styles” (Columbia/Sony Music Australia)

Music Teacher of the Year

WINNER: Renee McCarthy (Woodcroft College, Morphett Vale SA 5162)



Producer Of The Year

WINNER: Gang Of Youths and Adrian Breakspear for Gang Of Youths “Go Farther In Lightness”(Mosy Recordings/Sony Music)

Engineer Of The Year

WINNER: Steven Schram for Paul Kelly ”Life Is Fine” (EMI)

Best Cover Art

WINNER: Peter Salmon-Lomas for Paul Kelly “Life Is Fine” (EMI)



Best Classical Album

Slava Grigoryan “Bach: Cello Suites Volume I” (ABC Classics/Universal Music)

Best Jazz Album

James Morrison, BBC Concert Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, Harry Morrison & William Morrison“The Great American Songbook” (ABC Jazz/Universal Music)

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album

Nigel Westlake & Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with Joseph Tawadros, Slava Grigoryan & Lior “Ali’s Wedding” (ABC Classics/Universal Music)

Best World Music Album

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp “Songs of the Latin Skies” (KIN Music/Universal Music)


John Clarke “Clarke’s Classics” (ABC Classics/Universal Music)

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