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Gotye, 360 lead 2012 ARIAAward nominations

It’ll be a battle of the pseudonyms at this year’s 2012 ARIA Awards, with the general nominations as well as winners of the Artisan categories announced in Sydney this morning.

Leading the charge is outspoken rapper 360 (aka Matt Colwell) with six nominations – including Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year – while Gotye (aka Wally De Backer) and Sydney rock band The Jezebels follow closely with five nods a piece. Gotye won six awards at the 2011 ARIA’s for his ubiquitous single ‘ Somebody That I Used To Know’, however, his album Making Mirrors only became eligible for contention this year due to its late release date. It has already taken out one award winning the Artisan Award for Best Cover.

The Bamboos and Dappled Cities are among the Best Independent nominees, while DZ Deathrays have been recognised in The Hard Rock or Heavy Metal category for their debut Bloodstreams, alongside punk stalwarts Frenzal Rhomb. Melbourne lads and sub-pop signing Husky will contest to the Adult Contemporary category, and The Beards look a shoe-in for Best Comedy Release.

Dirty Three will face off against Cold Chisel and The Living End for Best Live Act, which we hope they take out if only to hear Warren Ellis’ thank-you speech that’ll surely include references to Gina Rinehart, Phil Jamieson and Bunnings.

ARIA Artisan Award Winners

Best Producer: Styalz Fuego for 360 – Falling & Flying
Best Engineer: Francois Tetaz (Gotye – Making Mirrors)
Best Cover: Gotye – Making Mirrors
Best Original Soundtrack: triple j – Straight To You: triple j’s Tribute to Nick Cave

ARIA 2012 Nominations

Album of the Year:
360 – Falling & Flying
Gotye – Making Mirrors
Missy Higgins – The Ol’ Razzle Dazze
The Jezabels – Prisoner
The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap

Best Female Artist:
Jessica Mauboy
Lanie Lane
Missy Higgins

Best Male Artist:
Angus Stone
Guy Sebastian
Keith Urban
Matt Corby

Song of the Year:
360 feat. Gossling
Delta Goodrem
Guy Sebastian
Hilltop Hoods feat. Sia
Jessica Mauboy and Stan Walker
Justice Crew
Matt Corby
Reece Mastin

Best Australian Live Act:
Cold Chisel
Dirty Three
Hilltop Hoods
Hoodoo Gurus
Kate Miller-Heidke
The Bamboos
The Jezabels
The Living End

Best Independent Release:
Dappled Cities – Lake Air
Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp – Songs of the Southern Skies
San Cisco – Awkward
The Bamboos – Medicine Man
The Jezabels – Prisoner

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album:
Buried In Verona – Notorious (
DZ Deathrays – Bloodstreams
Frenzal Rhomb – Smoko at the Pet Food Factory
House Vs Hurricane – Crooked Teeth
Sleepmakeswaves – …and so we destroyed everything

Best Urban Album:
360 – Falling & Flying
Hilltop Hoods – Drinking From The Sun
Katalyst – Deep Impressions
The Bamboos – Medicine Man
The Herd – Future Shade

Best Pop Release:
Guy Sebastian
Jessica Mouboy
San Cisco

Best Rock Album:
Children Collide – Monument
Cold Chisel – No Plans
Oh Mercy – Deep Heat
The Jezabels – Prisoner
The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap

Best Adult Contemporary Album:
Darren Hayes – Secret Codes And Battleships
Husky – Forever So
Josh Pyke – Only Sparrows
Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp – Songs of the Southern Skies
Missy Higgins – The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle

Best Blues & Roots Album:
Angus Stone
Jeff Lang
Lanie Lane
Mia Dyson
Paul Greene & The Other Colours

Best Group:
Boy and Bear
Cold Chisel
Hilltop Hoods
The Jezabels
The Temper Trap

Breakthrough Artist:
Lanie Lane
Matt Corby
San Cisco

Best Country Album:
Beccy Cole – Songs and Pictures
Catherine Britt – Always Never Enough
McAlister Kemp – Country Proud
The McClymonts – Two Worlds Collide
Troy Cassar-Daley – Home

Best Comedy Release:
Anthony Salame – Is This thing On?
Arj Barker – Joy Harvest
Buddy Goode – Unappropriate
Sammy J – Skinny Man, Modern World
The Beards – Having A Beard Is The New Not Having A Beard

Best International Artist:
Bruno Mars
David Guetta
Ed Sheeran
Florence and The Machine
Michael Buble
One Direction
The Black Keys

Best Dance Release:
Havana Brown
Ivan Gough & Fenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay
Knife Party
Sneaky Sound System

Best Children’s Album:
Bananas In Pyjamas
Rhys Muldoon
The Wiggles

2012 ARIA Awards will take place on Thursday, 29 November at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Darling Harbour. Public tickets are $49.95 and go on sale 9am Monday, 8 October

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grattan said on the 29th Nov, 2012

Bold prediction from The Age - "Aussie act likely to win Aussie award."


berlinchair101 said on the 29th Nov, 2012

To be fair they are referring to Gotye's background. He's white, therefore Aussie, unlike the clearly unAustralian Mauboy


Braveheart81 said on the 29th Nov, 2012

Meanwhile The Australian is reporting that a left wing hippy is likely to win all the ARIA Awards.