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Gotye, The Temper Trap leadthe ARIA 2012 winners list

Gotye has swept the 2012 ARIA Awards, held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre last night, taking home all four of the pointy statues for which he was nominated. Accepting the final award of the night – album of the year – the ever humble Gotye told his fans “There are a bunch of fantastic albums, especially by Australian artists, that I fell in love with this year … so keep listening to records, keep buying records.”

Taking out the ARIA for best male The Basics drummer has joined the likes of John Farnham, Diesel and Alex Lloyd as a three-times winner of the award.

His duet partner on ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, Kimbra, won the award for best female artist while other multiple award winners included The Temper Trap and adult contemporary star Missy Higgins. DZ Deathrays won the prize for best hard rock album, while 360 accepted the award for breakthrough act with a typically restrained speech. After mocking the likes of T-Pain, Akon and Nero Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald and Michael “Wippa” Wipfli awarded the ARIA for best international artist to a more deserving act from overseas – One Direction. The Jessica Mauboy medallion for services to comedic mispronunciation was awarded to Ian “Molly” Meldrum for his introduction of “Gay” Sebastian’s ‘Battle Scars’.

While the night was clearly Gotye’s, the highlight came from Yothu Yindi who were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by Paul Kelly and Peter Garrett. Yothu Yindi were joined on stage by Kelly, Garrett, Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan, and Andrew Farriss for a rousing version of their international hit ‘Treaty’. Other performers on Australian music’s night of nights included Timomatic and Justice Crew who cartwheeled their way through ‘Set It Off’ and ‘Boom Boom’, Jessica Mauboy who performed a medley of Motown classics, and Taylor Swift. The awards also featured performances from Hilltop Hoods, Missy Higgins, The Jezabels, 360 with Gossling, and Kimbra before The Temper Trap ended the show with ‘Trembling Hands’.

ARIA awards for 2012:

Album of the Year: Gotye – Making Mirrors
Best Group: The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap
Best Male Artist: Gotye – Making Mirrors
Best Female Artist: Kimbra – Vows
Breakthrough Artist: 360 – Falling and Flying
Best Independent Release: The Jezabels – Prisoner
Best Adult Contemporary Album: Missy Higgins – The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle
Best Blues & Roots Album: Jeff Lang – Carried in Mind
Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album: DZ Deathrays – Bloodstreams
Best Rock Album: The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap
Best Urban Album: Hilltop Hoods – Drinking from the Sun
Best Country Album: The McClymonts – Two Worlds Collide
Best Children’s Album: The Wiggles – Surfer Jeff
Best Comedy Release: Buddy Goode – Unappropriate
Best Pop Release: Gotye – Making Mirrors
Best Dance Release: Ivan Gough and Feenixpawl featuring Georgi Kay – ‘In My Mind’
Song of the Year: Matt Corby – ‘Brother’
Best Video: Missy Higgins – ‘Everyone’s Waiting’ (Director: Natasha Pincus)
Best Australian Live Act: Gotye
Best International Artist: One Direction

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tonyboozeadams said on the 30th Nov, 2012

all of those albums sucked. awarding mediocrity


gumbuoy said on the 30th Nov, 2012

you guys are screenshotting your own tweets in news items now?


Braveheart81 said on the 30th Nov, 2012

I just looked through the photos.

There were some seriously terrible dresses worn.


sarahanne said on the 30th Nov, 2012

We've done this many times before.


grattan said on the 30th Nov, 2012

Have been doing it for a while now... although they're not screen shots, they're embeds. Vital difference!


crob said on the 30th Nov, 2012


MorningAfterboy said on the 30th Nov, 2012

fukn cher wer wuz da rokk m8 chisl n shit


sarcasm_mister said on the 30th Nov, 2012

Part of an article by Bernard Zuel in today's paper.

to load on top of that the reality show favourites and these days occasional musicians, the Madden Brothers, and comedian Russell Brand and his mother, runs the real risk of making us look as if we need the approving pat on the head from our superiors to know we're doing OK. To complete the night with three actors from a New Zealand-made film with no musical connection (but a high price ad run through the broadcast) who tell us, via the autocue, that “it's been a great year for Australian music” is to let matters get well out of hand.

Followed by this tweet

Death of Marat

Death of Marat said on the 30th Nov, 2012

I agree with Zuel. The ARIA's are like a creepy postcard to the world. It represents Australian music like the Jersey Shore represents New Jersey.


Piko said on the 1st Dec, 2012

Because it was voted on by the public like best song and best live act were?