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Tame Impala & Courtney Barnett Dominate 2015 ARIA Awards

Tame Impala dominated the ARIA awards last night, but Melbourne artists also shone. Courtney Barnett triumphed with four, with wins also by Vance Joy, Seth Sentry and C.W. Stoneking.

Barnett crossed live from London to accept the female artist, breakthrough artist and independent release trophies. She also had an Artisan win for best cover art for her internationally acclaimed debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.
 
At one point, while Rove MacManus was presenting her with the award for the best female artist, he said, “I’m holding your award, but what would you like to say?” She quipped, “Don’t drop it!”
 
She thanked her supporters, her cat Bubbles and her girlfriend. “The world needs art and music so thank you for supporting and being a part of it”
 
Tina Arena was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by Kylie Minogue. After her standing ovation performance of her Chains with The Veronicas and Jessica Mauboy, Minogue exclaimed “What a woman, what a voice,” admitting she had goose bumps during the set. During her induction, Minogue recalled being inspired by Arena when the latter was a pre-teen cast member of TV’s variety show Young Talent Time. “You’ve shown the world how it’s done for the last four decades. You are the consummate professional.”
 
Arena’s remarkable acceptance speech covered commercial radio’s support for local talent (“don’t meet your Australian quotas because you have to, exceed them because you want to”) and the industry’s ageism, emphasising, “Ladies over 40 are still in the game. We will decide when it is time for us to stop.”
 
Onstage collaborations included Hermitude with Mataya and Young Tapz, Flight Facilities & Owl Eyes, and Peking Duk & SAFIA.
 
Ed Sheeran, who performed Photograph received an ARIA Diamond award for half a million Australian sales of the X album.
 
Full list of winners: 
 
Song Of The Year 
Conrad Sewell – Start Again 
 
Breakthrough Artist 
Courtney Barnett
 
Hall Of Fame 
Tina Arena
 
Best Male Artist 
Vance Joy
 
Best Female Artist 
Courtney Barnett
 
Best Group 
Tame Impala
 
Best Urban Album 
Seth Sentry – Strange New Past
 
Best Rock Album 
Tame Impala - Currents
 
Best Pop Release 
Jarryd James – Do You Remember
 
Best Country Album 
Shane Nicholson – Hell Breaks Loose
 
Best Independent Release 
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
 
Best Dance Release
 
RUFUS – You Were Right
 
Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
 
Northlane – Node
 
Best Adult Contemporary Album 
Oh Mercy – When We Talk About Love
 
Best Blues And Roots Album 
C.W. Stoneking – Gon' Boogaloo
 
Best Live Australian Act 
5 Seconds Of Summer – Rock Out With Your Socks Out tour
 
Best Children's Album 
Sam Moran – Play Along With Sam: Boo!
 
Best Comedy Release 
Matt Okine – Live At The Enmore
 
Best Video 
The Veronicas/Matt Sharp and Daniel James – You Ruin Me
 
Best International Artist 
One Direction
 
Outstanding Achievement Award 
Lee Kernaghan – Spirit Of The ANZACS
 
Diamond Award (for sales in excess of half a million) 
Ed Sheeran for x
 
Outstanding Digital Service 
Spotify
 
Outstanding National Retailer 
JB Hi-Fi
 
Outstanding Independent Retailer 
Red Eye Records

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