ARIA AWARDS - HIGHLIGHTS
19th ARIA Awards event was surrounded by many electrifying
vibes, emotions and happenings. These included excitement, an announcement of an
engagement, the appreciation shown of loved ones' support, and the
true spirit of what Australian Music represents. Embracing
as it does the
dedication and talent that we in Australia are so lucky to
have. The ARIAS opening act was Rode Traders singing Voodo
Child. The first introduction was by Merrick and Rosso (Nova and
the B Team) who made their way through the crowds, before climbing up
to the top of the stage. They began by making a special
reference to Alex Lloyd as “You are amazing” (referring to Alex’s hit
Keith Urban won the ‘Best Country Album’ (Be Here). This is the
third time Keith has won an ARIA Award but he was not present at
the Awards. Keith’s first live gig was in a nursing home.
On a previous occasion he has stated that being honoured from Australia was very
important to him as there is deeper gratitude felt when being
acknowledged from your own country.
Merriweather won the ‘Best Urban Release’ (She’s Got Me). Daniel
supported Justin Timberlake in UK and this is his first ARIA award.
“Let’s keep making good Australian Music. All right, let’s do it,” he
says after accepting his Award.
Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger)
had the pleasure of being the spokesperson for the induction of
Australian Rock legend, Jimmy Barnes into the ‘Hall of Fame’.
During his speech Jimmy thanked his parents for giving him
passion and love. He also thanked his siblings, especially his older
brother John (Swanny) who ran away from home when he was thirteen to
join a Rock and Roll band. To this day John is still Jimmy’s hero.
Jimmy also mentioned the members of Cold Chisel with whom he teamed up when he was around sixteen.
They were like brothers to him Jimmy recalled.
Jimmy also mentioned his dear friend (and brother–in-law) Mark Lizotte (aka
Diesel) and many others whom he loved or admired, or to whom he was grateful
because of the help they have given him throughout his career.
The highlight of
Jimmy’s speech, for he “left the best to last”, was his love and
appreciation for his wife, Jane. Jimmy shared with the audience
his memories of the day they first met. “I remember it
was November 1979
in Canberra. I was on tour called Pool
Resources with the Angels and a bunch of other bands, and I walked
into this room and I saw an angel! She was the most beautiful girl
I’d ever seen in my life! She took my breath away, and to this day
she takes my breath away. I walked on the red carpet with her and
everyone was taking photos of her and not me. But hey, that’s what
you get when you marry such a gorgeous girl! She is my heart, she
is my soul. I couldn’t live without her, my beautiful wife Jane, and
I love you dearly.”
|Bernard Fanning with Jimmy
Barnes during Jimmy's induction to the Hall of Fame
by thanking his kids for “not divorcing” him and commented that they
also featured in his Double Happiness album, which has gone platinum.
Jimmy concluded by saying, “I would also like to
thank everybody in the Industry and especially all the punters here
because I’ve got to tell you, the best years of my life have been
spent rocking in Australia. Rock and Roll in Australia is the …..
best anywhere!” This feeling appeared to be present throughout the
presentation of the
Awards and the theme followed strongly throughout the speeches.
Eskimo Joe won ‘The Best Group’ but that was not the only reason
that one particular member of that group was celebrating. One very delighted
Stuart Macleod, when up on stage
accepting the Award, announced his engagement to his fiancée Jen and added
and Dad I’m getting married!”
|Eskimo Joe receiving their
ARIA and Stu announcing his engagement
||Stu announcing his engagement to his
moving performance was by Neil Finn who played guitar and sang
‘Better Be Home Soon’.
This was a special tribute to his friend and
previous Crowded House member, “Paul Hester” (Hessie).
Paul was born in 1959 and died in March 2005. Paul was known
for being the soul of Crowded House, and was also known as the funny
bone of the group. He formed in his own rock group while still
in primary school in Melbourne. In his early twenties Paul went to
Sydney with his band ‘Deckchairs Overboard’ and after this he
became a member of Split Enz. After Split Enz broke up Neil Finn
and Paul Hester formed Crowded House. In 1994
Paul left Crowded House to dedicate more of his time to his
family. Paul was also known to be a great supporter of young
indigenous artists. He later got his own band together and had his
own television program, Hessie’s Shed. In November 1996 he performed
with Crowded House when they reunited for a special concert event.
Paul Hester (Hessie) will be greatly missed by the Music Industry,
and by both friends and fans.
Neil Finn performing
Neil Finn with Paul
Hester screen in the background
very passionate speeches included an expression of his feelings about the Music
Industry. Ben’s first Award for the night was for ‘Best
Independent Release’ for his ‘Awake Is The New Sleep’ album
which he produced from his own record label, ‘Ten Fingers’.
On accepting his ARIA Award he said, “Awake is the New
Sleep. My album is a little record….about really big things,
a record I tried to make about positivity, about love, about
compassion and about spirituality. It's been an amazing
thing to feel this little record going to this world and
being accepted on such a big scale with so much enthusiasm
from you guys. So thank you for accepting the music and
thank you for reminding me also that we are all in this
Award for Ben Lee during the night was for ‘Best Male Artist’.
He has been recording for 12 years after he got his
start with team band Noise Addict and he has been making records
since he was fourteen years old. Ben has a passion for the
music world he is now a part of and “loves musical people”.
He feels “they move differently, they talk differently, they
think differently, they care more about how things feel than
how things look.” He thanked the music community for
being there for him for all those years.
|Ben Lee accepting his 'Best
Male Artist' ARIA
Ben Lee performing at the
Ben's third award for the night
was the ARIA
‘Single of the Year’. On this occasion it was not only
Ben’s passion about the Industry and his music that stood
out. When receiving this Award he gave presenter
David Hasselhoff a big kiss. His touching speech soon
followed. “Some people think I am a bit naďve. They are a
bit cynical, but I really believe that pop music can do more
than just be entertainment. Man, pop music has changed my
life and I believe that it can change the world, right! It’s like we are coming to a time again, when there are
amazing song-writers in this room writing brilliant songs
that we can turn to when we need them. So I just
want to keep pushing everyone to write amazing songs for the
world, you know, and to do everything you can to make pop
music what it should be, which is something we can believe
|The infamous 'pash' from
Ben Lee with David Hasselhoff
Followed by a quick
before the passionate kiss from Ben Lee, ARIA special guest
David Hasselhoff had a comment to make about Australian music.
“The music is so great…..it’s a lot of fun and comes from
the heart, there is a lot of talent here tonight.” When arriving at the Awards
David jokingly implied that he was
just sad to know that he is not going to win anything
tonight. But he definitely received a lot of attention.
only did Ben Lee kiss him, but Missy Higgins closely
followed Ben’s lead by springing and sitting on David’s hip
when he presented her with the ARIA Award for winning her last
award for the night. This was for ‘Album of the Year’.
Higgins had seven nominations and won five ARIA in total.
She also won ‘Breakthrough Artist Album’, ‘Best Pop
Release’, ‘Highest Selling Australian Album’ and ‘Best
Female Artist’. In year 12 her sister entered Missy’s song
‘Also Believing’ in the Tripple J song competition. After
this success Missy realised she could do music full time,
and to her delight this meant she did not have to go to
university. Her song ‘Special Two’ is the song to date that
represents one of the most difficult times in Missy’s life. The
song was written as a result of an experience of which she had felt very ashamed.
For she had hurt
someone she loved. This, she says, is the most horrible
feeling in the world. Missy says she cannot listen to her
own albums because she feels they tell embarrassing stories, and
she knows that thousands of people are listening to these stories.
she realises that this is what music is. Missy’s many fans
love her music and enjoy listening to her “embarrassing
stories” that she captures so well in her music.
Missy Higgins in her "party
frock" accepting one
of her ARIA awards
Missy Higgins performing at
Hoff (above right)
The ARIA Awards final performance was by Jimmy
Barnes with performing his brilliant song ‘Working Class Man’
followed by ‘Good Times’ with his daughter Mahalia.
||Jimmy Barnes performing at the ARIAS
Article by Chrissy Layton, AusNotebook - Music & Creative
Photos coordinated by Chrissy Layton with assistance and special thanks to
For 2005 ARIA Awards Nominees
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