Boy & Bear dominate ARIA Awards

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SYDNEY quintet Boy & Bear has dominated the 2011 ARIA Awards, taking out five gongs for their critically acclaimed and self-produced debut album Moonfire.

The band, who has already won Rolling Stone's Artist to Watch 2010 and triple j's Unearthed Artist of the Year, won Best Adult Alternative Album, Breakthrough Artist - Single, Breakthrough Artist - Album, Best Group and the coveted Album of the Year.

It was also a very special night for Kylie Minogue and The Wiggles. Prime Minister Julia Gillard inducted the international pop princess into the ARIA Hall of Fame, while Killing Time star David Wenham did so for The Wiggles, who also took out best children's album for Ukulele Baby!

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Capping off an extraordinary year, Gotye took out Single of the Year, Best Pop Release and Best Male Artist, adding to the three ARIAs already bestowed upon him at the nominations event earlier in the year, all for the hit single, Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)

New Zealand born, Kimbra, who rose to fame in 2011 for her work with Gotye, won Best Female Artist for her debut album, Cameo Lover.

Singer/songwriter Kasey Chambers won her ninth Best Country Album award for her fifth solo album, Little Bird.

In a ceremony first, legendary Billy Thorpe posthumously won an ARIA for his final masterpiece, Tangier. His award was collected by Billy's wife, Lynne, and two daughters.

Best Blues and Roots Album went to The Audreys for their third album, Sometimes the Stars, while Art vs Science received the Best Independent Release for their debut album The Experiment.

West Australian MC, Drapht, whose album The Life of Riley debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Album Chart, won Best Urban Album.

Three time ARIA Award winners The Living End added two more trophies to their collection, winning Best Rock Album and the Public Voted Award for Most Popular Australian Live Artist.

Radio and TV funny men Hamish & Andy won their second Best Comedy Release, while Sydney hard rock outfit, Front End Loader, won their first ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album. Melbourne dance outfit Cut Copy won Best Dance Release.

Taking out the Awards for Highest Selling Album of 2011 was Altiyan Childs for his self-titled debut album and four-time ARIA No. 1 Chart Award and ARIA Award winner, Guy Sebastian took out the Highest Selling Single award for Who's That Girl? Birds of Tokyo took out Most Popular Australian Artists, while honorary Aussie P!nk won Most Popular International Artist.

MC, Drapht, Gotye and Kimbra, Boy & Bear, Art vs Science, Gurrumul with Missy Higgins, Cut Copy, The Living End, Guy Sebastian performed at the event. Delta Goodrem also made a surprise performance dedicated to those artists who passed away over the ARIA's 25-year history.

Guest presenters also included Stevie Nicks, Richard Wilkins, Chrissy Amphlett, Hamish & Andy, Missy Higgins, Joel and Benji Madden, Noah Taylor, Deltra Goodrem, Tom Ballard and Alex Dyson, Iva Davies, Ruby Rose, James Kerley, Katie Noonan, Adam Hills, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Erin McNaught and Molly Meldrum.


Album of the Year

Boy & Bear - Moonfire

(Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Single of the Year

Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)

(Samples 'n' Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)

Best Male Artist

Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)

(Samples 'n' Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)

Best Female Artist

Kimbra - Cameo Lover

(Warner Music Australia)

Best Group

Boy & Bear - Moonfire

(Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Breakthrough Artist - Album

Boy & Bear - Moonfire

(Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Breakthrough Artist - Single

Boy & Bear - Feeding Line

(Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Best Independent Release

Art vs Science - The Experiment

(Green/MGM Distribution)

Best Adult Alternative Album

Boy & Bear - Moonfire

(Island Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Billy Thorpe - Billy Thorpe's Tangier

(Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Best Blues & Roots Album

The Audreys - Sometimes the Stars

(ABC Music)

Best Children's Album

The Wiggles - Ukulele Baby!

(ABC Music)

Best Comedy Release

Hamish & Andy - Celebrating 50 Glorious Years

(Roadshow Music)

Best Country Album

Kasey Chambers - Little Bird

(Liberation Music)

Best Dance Release

Cut Copy - Zonoscope

(Modular Recordings)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

Front End Loader - Ritardando

(Weeping Anus Records/MGM Distribution)

Best Pop Release

Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)

(Samples 'n' Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)

Best Rock Album

The Living End - The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating

(Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

Best Urban Album

Drapht - The Life of Riley

(The Ayems/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Highest Selling Album

Altiyan Childs - Altiyan Childs

(Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Highest Selling Single

Guy Sebastian - Who's that Girl (feat. Eve)

(Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Best Classical Album

Sally Whitwell - Mad Rush: Piano Music of Philip Glass

(ABC Classics)

Best Jazz Album

Elixir featuring Katie Noonan - First Seed Ripening

(ABC Music)

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album

Chris Lilley - Angry Boys - Official Soundtrack Album

(ABC Music)

Best World Music Album

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Rrakala

(Skinnyfish Music/MGM Distribution)

Best Music DVD

AC/DC - AC/DC - Live at River Plate

(Albert Productions)

Best Cover Art

Alter - Cut Copy, Zonoscope

(Modular Recordings)

Best Video

Natasha Pincus for Starkraving Productions - Gotye, Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)

(Samples 'n' Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)

Engineer of the Year

Francois Tetaz - Gotye, Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)

(Samples 'n' Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)

Producer of the Year

Wally De Backer - Gotye, Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)

Samples 'n' Seconds Records/Eleven: A Music Company)


Most Popular Australian Artist

Birds of Tokyo

(EMI Music Australia)

Most Popular International Artist


(La Face/Sony Music Australia)

Most Popular Australian Live Artist

The Living End

(Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

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