Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ARIA Awards 2010 - Round Up

Yawn. The Australian music industry's night of nights is almost upon us and it's going to be as boring as usual if the recently announced nominations are any indication. Don't get me wrong. I actually like most of the nominees but the bias towards indie rock/alternative pop is as strong as ever. Kylie was largely overlooked despite releasing an album that actually sold more than 10 copies internationally, Vanessa Amorosi's domination of the singles chart was roundly ignored and CC Martini was robbed of ARIA glory yet again for her belated #93 smash "Double Dutch". Haters! The big winners were Sia, Washington, Julia & Angus Stone, Birds of Tokyo and Guy Sebastian (seriously?) - who received 6 nominations each. I think Sia's half dozen are well deserved. After being all but written off in Australia for the past decade, some recognition for her achievements is long overdue. I hope she scoops the pool and throws her pile of ARIAs at Delta Goodrem's head. Here are my 2 cents on the 2010 nominees. Please note I've highlighted who I think should win in red. Not who I necessarily think will win.

Album of the Year
Angus & Julia Stone - Down The Way
Birds of Tokyo - Birds Of Tokyo

Sia - We Are Born
Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
Washington - I Believe You Liar

I know it's hard to believe given the content of this blog but my taste in music is actually quite diverse and I'm only slightly embarrassed to admit that I purchased all these albums. Not only that but I'm also rather partial to them. While "We Are Born" doesn't quite match the heights of "Some People Have Real Problems", it's rich and interesting. And most importantly, it's fucking fun! Angus & Julia (who I actually went to school with - fun fact!) used to annoy the hell out of me but "Down The Way" is gorgeous, sunny Sunday afternoon of an album. And probably deserves to be here. Same goes for Washington's quirky "I Believe You Liar". The indie pop princess could have gone down the Missy Higgins route of mind numbing pretense but carves out her own little idiosyncratic niche. As for Tame Impala and Birds of Tokyo, they are probably the two least annoying rock bands in the country and almost live up to the hype. So what could have improved this line up:

Aphrodite - Kylie (Sublime from beginning to end)
The Lighter Side Of... - Laura Imbruglia (Funny, sad, heartbreaking)
Hazardous - Vanessa Amorosi (A consistently brilliant pop album)
Calling All Magicians - Danielle Spencer (So incredibly underrated)
Ten - Gabriella Cilmi (Desperate but surprisingly lovely and fun)

Single of the Year
Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane

Birds of Tokyo - Plans
Sia - Clap Your Hands
The Temper Trap - Love Lost
Washington - How To Tame Lions

How incredibly lame is this line up? Again, a bunch of great songs but (with perhaps the exception of the strikingly beautiful "Plans") are all brilliant album tracks - not killer singles. Even personal faves like "Clap Your Hands" and "How To Tame Lions" don't really cut the cocaine. Seriously, this shit is a 45 year old lesbian's wet dream. I know many of these will be eligible for next year's awards but I'm bitter about the omission of the following triumphs (in no particular order):

So Lonely - Chris Sorbello
All The Lovers - Kylie
In The Moment - Zoë Badwi
We Speak No Americano - Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP
Dog - Andy Bull and Lisa Mitchell
10 Date Commandments - Am8er
This Is Who I Am - Ness Ness
Isn't It Strange - Parralox
Ching Ching Ching - Nikka Costa
Kingdom - Erika
Sometimes We Fall - Vera Fernandez
Welcome To Disgraceland - Courtney Act
Big, Beautiful & Sexy - Casey Donovan
Spin - Casette Kids
Sometimes - Miami Horror
Filter Freak - Denzal Park
Changes - Emma Donovan
Shooting Star - Bag Raiders
And The Boys - Julia & Angus Stone
According To You - Orianthi
On Your Side - Danielle Spencer
Peek-A-Boo - Bertie Blackman


Best Female Artist
Clare Bowditch - Modern Day Addiction
Kylie Minogue - Aphrodite
Lisa Mitchell - Oh! Hark!
Sia - We Are Born
Washington - I Believe You Liar

The omission of Am8er makes this category redundant!

Best Male Artist
Dan Kelly - Dan Kelly's Dream
Dan Sultan - Get Out While You Can
Guy Sebastian - Like It Like That

John Butler - April Uprising
Paul Dempsey - Fast Friends

Admittedly there's not much to chose from but this is ridiculous! Go John.

Best Group
Angus & Julia Stone - Down The Way
Birds of Tokyo - Birds Of Tokyo
Powderfinger - Golden Rule
Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

The Temper Trap - Love Lost

Scarlett Belle?

Best Dance Release
Art vs Science - Magic Fountain

Miami Horror - Sometimes
Midnight Juggernauts - The Crystal Axis
Pendulum - Immersion
Yolanda Be Cool and Dcup - We No Speak Americano

So predictable. I'm glad Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP finally get some respect and I LOVE "Sometimes" but where is Zoë Badwi's stunning club smash "In The Moment" or Kylie's "Get Outta My Way"? And how about Denzal Park's "Filter Freak"? You know, music that people can actually dance to....

Best Pop Release
Bluejuice - Head of the Hawk
Empire of the Sun - Half Mast
Guy Sebastian - Like It Like That

Kylie Minogue - Aphrodite
Sia - We Are Born

Replace Guy Sebastian with Vanessa Amorosi's "Hazardous" and I can sign off on this. Kind of. Kylie had better win or I'll curse the ARIA voters to walk around smelling of Pink Sparkle for the rest of eternity.

2010 ARIA Award Public Voted Nominees:

And here are the awards voted by the public. They are a mixed bag but a big improvement on the categories decided on by industry members. Note the inclusion of Ness Ness. Bless you, Australia.

Most Popular Australian Album
Angus & Julia Stone - Down The Way
Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream
Guy Sebastian - Like It Like That
Jimmy Barnes - The Rhythm and the Blues
John Butler Trio - April Uprising
Kate Miller-Heidke - Curiouser
Powderfinger - Golden Rule
Stan Walker - Introducing
The Temper Trap - Conditions

Vanessa Amorosi - Hazardous

Fair enough but where the fuck is "Hermaphrodite"?!

Most Popular Australian Single
Brian McFadden - Just Say So
Gabriella Cilmi - On A Mission
Guy Sebastian - Like It Like That
Guy Sebastian - Art of Love (featuring Jordin Sparks)
Kate Miller-Heidke - The Last Day on Earth
Stan Walker - Black Box
The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition

Vanessa Amorosi - This Is Who I am
Vanessa Amorosi - Mr. Mysterious
Yolanda Be Cool & DCup - We Speak No Americano

I refuse to acknowledge the first name on this list but a double shot of Vanessa, "Sweet Disposition" and finally some props for Gabriella. How delicious!

Most Popular International Artist
Black Eyed Peas
David Guetta
Jason Derulo
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Michael Buble
Mumford & Sons
Owl City
Rod Stewart
Susan Boyle
Taylor Swift

Rod Stewart? Seriously. What the fuck? Fingers crossed that Beyjesus wins (or at least Queen Ke$ha) but I fear it will be someone vile and revolting like Taylor Swift or Train. Gross. Ok, enough bitching. The ARIAs aren't usually my cup of tea but I look forward to the award ceremony every year. If nothing else in the vain hope of catching another career ending performance like Madison Avenue's legendarily tragic rendition of "Who The Hell Are You?" from 2000. Cheyne's mid-song break to have a glass of water is positively iconic. Comeback, bitch. We miss you!


Anonymous said...

Odd that Australia doesn't support their own more. Orianthi had a pretty remarkable year overall. Probably deserved at least one nomination.

Anonymous said...

It will be very odd if Susan Boyle does not win 'Most Popular International Artist. Who else was #1 for 13 weeks and went 9XPlatinum in Australia in 09?

Anonymous said...

what a joke ARIA's are
i wont be watching

Anonymous said...

i agree Ben
noboby knows any of these acts
i thought Vanessa Amorosi would clean up

Anonymous said...

Vanessa Amorosi and Kylie both got ignored yet those 2 are the only ones with potential to make it over seas and hit singles

The ARIA awards are nothing but Indie bands

Very disappointing ... If I were Vanessa I would give the finger to all at ARIA and hope that she wins the public vote:)

Anonymous said...

I agree the ommission of Vanessa Amorosi is beyond explanation with a double platinum certified single in This Is Who I Am and platinum certified Mr Mysterious it is beyond belief she did not get a look in at Best Female Artist.

However we the public now have a great chance to show the ARIA selectors who the PUBLIC CHOICE IS !!!!

VOTE for Vanessa

Anonymous said...

I will not be watching or supporting this year's aria awards!!! The nominees are a joke!! Nobody knows them and Vanessa Amorosi was yet again not recognized!!!!!!!! Waste of time, goodbye arias!!!

Mike said...

LOL! Vanessa stans unite! I agree she was totally ROBBED!

Anonymous said...

I agree with most posts here...
The Aria's this year is an absolute joke!
What does it take to get some recognition from your peers?
I was utterly shocked at Vanessa Amorosi's snubbing. Hazardous is a sensational album which spawned 4...yes FOUR awesome singles.
Leave it up to the public....we'll do our absolute best to get Vanessa that Aria (or 2) that she so richly deserves!

Anonymous said...

Vanessa Amorosi didn't get nominated???? Are you kidding? What a joke her single this year was MASSIVE .. all well... I see Vanessa Amorosi stepping up and winning a Grammy anyway

James said...

yeah Guy Sebastian sold 3 platinum single for like it like that and 1 platinum for Art of Love, isn't it unfair public now need to vote this popular shit again. ROBBED!

I would say it is a fair game, Guy Sebastian has waited 7 years to be nominated. Yawn, same old same whinging from those never listen his albums.

Troothfairy said...

I am betting the writer of this blog has never actually listened to a Guy Sebastian album. Like It Like That received excellent reviews from well known newspaper critics, and even some from a couple of notoriously biased against idol music websites like Undercover and

The Music Network and Rave Magazine put the title song in their lists of the Top 20 songs released last year. It was the highest selling Australian Artist single in 2009, and even made it into the ARIA top selling songs of the Decade list at #29, the 6th highest entry for an Australian song. Not bad for a song only released 4 months before the end of the decade. It sold another 40,000 odd this year to eventually reached legitimate triple platinum.

Art Of Love reached well over platinum as well. When it left the ARIA top 100 it was on sales of around 115,000. Art Of Love was one of the songs shortlisted by APRA for Song Of The Year as well. The album has reached legitimate platinum, something very few Australian artist albums have managed this ARIA year, hence why Vanessa's gold accredited album made it into the top 10 sellers for the Most Popular Album award nominations. While taking nothing away from Vanessa as she did indeed deserve to get industry voted nominations, and was robbed, Guy's accomplishments with his album are fantastic as well. To say his name should be replaced by Vanessa's is just plain IGNORANCE.

a said...

Since when is obese Oirish MONG mcfatten Australian?!? Just because he is sticking his maggot in DULLta's shitter? VILE.........

Mike said...

Actually, I have all Guy's albums and I'm pretty sure I also have all his singles (was "Never Hold You Down" ever released physically?)

I just don't think he's all that. With the exception of "Oh Oh", which was the defining urban anthem of the last decade!

Troothfairy said...

Actually Mike, my point is that Guy deserved his nominations in the "Most Popular" categories because he sold well enough to make it into them. The criteria for being a nominee in the "Most Popular Album" and "Most Popular Single" categories was simply sales. The ten highest selling singles and ten highest selling albums during the ARIA counting period from August 28th 2009 to August 19th 2010. The fact that Like It Like That the album and single and Art Of Love were in the top ten in sales during the counting period means they did deserve those three nominations. If they were not included it would have been very unjust indeed. ARIA says "Lets not include them even though they made it into the top ten highest sellers because Mike doesn't think Guy Sebastian is all that". That wouldn't be very fair, would it. As far as the "Most Popular Australian Artist" category goes, the criteria for inclusion in that was to be nominated in any other category. Guy fullfilled his obligation four times over for that one.

Your statement "I just don't think he's all that" is very subjective. You don't think he is all that, so he doesn't deserve to be nominated. If we were talking about the Mike Awards I would agree that it was a valid point. This is the ARIA Awards though, and all the categories except the sales based ones are voted for by ARIA members. Isn't their opinion more valid than yours in this case. I never gave a subjective view. I didn't say I thought his music was great. No personal views were given. I stated facts about his sales which showed he deserved his nominations in the "Most Popular" categories. I also stated his album and singles were well received by critics. Another factual objective statement. They were. Some of the reviews were exceptional. Something that would point to his inclusion in two industry voted categories being quite acceptable. You on the other hand seem to think the fact you don't think he is all that is enough to prove he is not worthy of his nominations. That is not a very valid argument.

I am also rather concerned that you would actually buy the whole discography of an artist you are not a fan of. Such a waste of money to buy everything produced by someone you don't like. Odd. Really odd.

Seán said...

Yeah why is Pudgy McFadden up for an award? He's Irish!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, geez toothfairy, seriously shut the fuck up! Guy is nothing but a fugmo Mother's Day artist, carefully produced and marketed to be easily listening for the stay-at-homes, which is where his "POPULAR" sales come from. Take a breath and go wait outside JB Hi-Fi for the next Memphis/Soul/Whateverthefuck cover album that waste of space rains upon this country, because no one gives a toss!!!