Tina Arena

Tina Arena delivers knockout performance at awkward ARIAs

The 2015 ARIAs were dominated by indie music, awkwardness and Tina Arena.

An opening performance by Vance Joy got things off to a promising start, however the night didn’t flow well and there were plenty of cringeworthy moments.

Host Osher Gunsberg walked us through Album of the Year nominees, with the award predictably taken out by West Australian world-beaters Tame Impala.

Gunsberg endured many an awkward moment as his jokes fell flat, not helped by time delays during live crosses.

Conrad Sewell deservedly took home the ARIA for the Best Song with his hit Start Again, performing it with the honest energy that won him the award in the first place.

Jarryd James took home Best Pop Release, although he didn’t look well. Full credit to him though, with one of the comedic highlights of the night (intended or not, we loved it):

“I’d like to thank George, Michael – not George Michael,” James said.

“Actually, why not? I’d like to thank George Michael.”

There were several strangely awkward live crosses to 5 Seconds of Summer in LA, proudly donning their pyjamas and announcing an Australian tour by holding up a poster no one could read.

Was there ever any doubt that Courtney Barnett would clean up?

The singer-songwriter took home the ARIAs for Best Female Artists, Best Independent Album, Best Breakthrough Artist and Best Cover Art for her incredible debut LP Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit – released through her own record label.

Lee Kernaghan’s journey through his album Spirit of the Anzacs was moving and provided one of the more serious moments of the night.

“This album provides a deeper understanding of what it means to be an Australian,” Kernaghan said.

“Recognition for the soldiers, sailors, nurses – adapting their stories and words through music.”

The Veronicas took out Best Music Video for their comeback hit You Ruin Me, with the pair also featuring alongside Jessica Mauboy in ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Tina Arena’s knockout performance of her hit Chains.

It was the highlight of the night, second only to Arena’s acceptance speech which recounted the highs and lows of a career spanning over forty years, touched on gender inequality in the music business and criticised commercial radio for ageist programming.

A night of awkward live crosses, down to earth Australians and an industry smackdown. Good viewing indeed.


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