Australian music’s night of nights has once again seen a slew of local legends and international acts pick up accolades, with Aussie stars Gang Of Youths, AB Original, Paul Kelly and Amy Shark winning big at tonight’s ARIA Awards.

With their ARIA #1 album Go Farther In Lightness setting them up for a massive year, Sydney rockers Gang Of Youths walked away from the ceremony in Sydney, with Album Of The Year, Best Group and Best Rock Album, rendering an epic four awards when added to their Producer Of The Year score earlier in the year.

Unstoppable hip hop duo AB Original added two more awards to their ever-expanding shelf of praise with Best Independent Release and Best Urban Release for their powerful debut album Reclaim Australia, and they also joined Kelly onstage for Dumb Things.

read more — tears, cheers & trophies: here are the highlights from the 2017 aria awards

Kelly’s latest release, Life Is Fine - which landed Best Cover Art and Engineer Of The Year last month – saw him take out Best Male Artist and Best Adult Contemporary Album, while newcomer Amy Shark took home Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist following the release of Night Thinker.

Other performances were delivered from Best International Artist winner Harry Styles and Lorde, as well as ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee Daryl Braithwaite, who was joined onstage by Vera Blue and Guy Sebestian for The Horses, and Jimmy Barnes paid tribute to AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young and producer George Young with a rendition of High Voltage.

“2017 has been an amazing year for Australian musicians, which was evidenced by the incredible talent that graced the ARIA stage tonight,” ARIA CEO Dan Rosen said.


Album Of The Year

Gang Of Youths - Go Farther In Lightness

Best Male Artist

Paul Kelly - Life Is Fine

Best Female Artist

Sia - The Greatest feat. Kendrick Lamar

Best Dance Release

Pnau — Chameleon (etcetc Music)

Best Group

Gang Of Youths — Go Farther In Lightness (Mosy Records/Sony Music Australia)

Breakthrough Artist

Amy Shark — Night Thinker (Wonderlick Recording Company) 

Best Pop Release

Amy Shark - Night Thinker (Wonderlick Recording Company) 

Best Urban Album

AB Original — Reclaim Australia (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)

Best Independent Release

AB Original - Reclaim Australia

Best Rock Album

Gang Of Youths - Go Farther In Lightness

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Paul Kelly - Life Is Fine

Best Country Album

Kasey Chambers - Dragonfly

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

Northlane - Mesmer

Best Blues & Roots Album

All Our Exes Live In Texas - When We Fall

Best Children's Album

Jimmy Barnes - Och Aye the G’Nu!

Best Video

Bliss N Eso - Moments (feat. Gavin James)

Best Australian Live Act


Apple Music Song Of The Year

Peking Duk - Stranger (feat. Elliphant)

Best International Artist

Harry Styles - Harry Styles

Music Teacher of the Year

Renee McCarthy (Woodcroft College, SA)


Producer Of The Year
Gang Of Youths and Adrian Breakspear for Gang Of Youths’ Go Farther In Lightness

Engineer Of The Year

Steven Schram for Paul Kelly’s Life Is Fine

Best Cover Art

Peter Salmon-Lomas for Paul Kelly’s Life Is Fine


Best Classical Album

Slava Grigoryan - Bach: Cello Suites Volume I

Best Jazz Album

James Morrison, BBC Concert Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, Harry Morrison & William Morrison’s The Great American Songbook

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album

Nigel Westlake & Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with Joseph Tawadros, Slava Grigoryan & Lior Ali's Wedding

Best World Music Album

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp - Songs of the Latin Skies

Best Comedy Release

John Clarke - Clarke’s Classics