It’s that time of year again, friends, where the best offerings from the Australian music community are gathered together in a host of nominations for the annual ARIA Awards. The crème de la crème of Aussie music all vying for one of the pointy boys to sit atop their mantlepiece, maybe hold a door open or weigh some important papers down. It’s the 2020 ARIA Awards nominations day, and the hopefuls have been announced.

As with just about every year, there’s at least one artist who stands head and shoulders above the rest in ARIA Awards nominations. In 2020, it’s almost no surprise to know that Lime Cordiale are it for this year’s awards – with a whopping eight (8) nominations, including Song of the Year and the big-ticket item, Album of the Year.

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Hot on the lads’ heels is ya mate Kev and Tame Impala, with seven nominations, and Sampa The Great comes in third on the official tally with six nominations in the 2020 ARIA Awards.

Probably one of the best nominations nestled away in the list this year is for Dan Golding, who was behind the delightful instrumentals of the viral indie game, Untitled Goose Game. I swear to God if that doesn’t win the Pointy Boi for Best Original Soundtrack, I’ll steal all the damn bells in this godforsaken country.

Anyway, without further ado, here are all the artists vying for an ARIA Award / Hefty Spiked Weapon at this year’s awards, which will be handed down in a live broadcast on Wednesday, November 23 on Channel Nine and YouTube.

2020 ARIA Awards Nominations

Album Of The Year

DMA’s – THE GLOW
Jessica Mauboy – Hilda
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You
Sampa The Great – The Return
Tame Impala  – The Slow Rush

Best Male Artist

Archie Roach – Tell Me Why
Guy Sebastian – Standing With You
Ruel – Free Time
The Kid LAROI – F*ck Love
Troye Sivan – In A Dream

Best Female Artist

Amy Shark – Everybody Rise
Miiesha – Nyaaringu
Sampa The Great – The Return
Sia – Together
Tones And I – Bad Child / Can’t Be Happy All the Time

Best Dance Release

Alice Ivy – Don’t Sleep
Dom Dolla – San Frandisco
Flume – Rushing Back feat. Vera Blue
Northeast Party House – Shelf Life
Stace Cadet & KLP – Energy 

Best Group

5 Seconds Of Summer – CALM
DMA’S – THE GLOW
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
The Teskey Brothers – Live At The Forum

Breakthrough Artist

Alex the Astronaut – The Theory of Absolutely Nothing
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You
Mallrat – Driving Music
Miiesha – Nyaaringu
The Kid LAROI – F*ck Love

Best Pop Release

Amy Shark – Everybody Rise
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You
Sia – Together
Tame Impala – Lost In Yesterday
Troye Sivan – In A Dream

Best Hip Hop Release

Baker Boy – Meditjin feat. JessB
Briggs – Always Was EP
Illy – Last Laugh
Sampa The Great – The Return
The Kid LAROI – F*ck Love

Best Soul/R&B Release

Genesis Owusu – Don’t Need You
KIAN – Every Hour
Tash Sultana – Pretty Lady
Tkay Maidza – Last Year Was Weird, Vol.2

Best Independent Release

Archie Roach – Tell Me Why
DMA’S – THE GLOW
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
Sampa The Great – The Return

Best Rock Album

Cold Chisel – Blood Moon
DMA’S – THE GLOW
Ocean Alley – Lonely Diamond
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
Violent Soho –  Everything Is A-OK

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Archie Roach –  Tell Me Why
Donny Benét – Mr Experience
Gordi – Our Two Skins
Josh Pyke  – Rome
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen

Best Country Album

Casey Barnes – Town of A Million Dreams
Fanny Lumsden – Fallow
Jasmine Rae –  Lion Side
The McClymonts – Mayhem To Madness
Travis Collins – Wreck Me

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Chunky Shrapnel
Parkway Drive – Viva The Underdogs
Polaris – The Death Of Me
The Amity Affliction – Everyone Loves You…Once You Leave Them
The Chats – High Risk Behaviour

Best Blues & Roots Album

Busby Marou – The Great Divide
Frank Yamma – Tjukurpa: The Story
Lucky Oceans – Purple Sky
The Teskey Brothers  –  Live At The Forum
Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – You Be The Lightning

Best Children’s Album

Diver City – Welcome to Diver City
Teeny Tiny Stevies – Thoughtful Songs for Little People
The Vegetable Plot – Season Two
The Wiggles – Choo Choo Trains, Propeller Planes & Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car!
Tiptoe Giants – Colour the World

Best Comedy Release

Anne Edmonds – What’s Wrong With You?
Bev Killick – Crummy Mummy
Celia Pacquola – All Talk
Megan Washington – Just Jesus (feat. Chris Ryan)
Tom Gleeson – Joy

PUBLIC VOTED 2020 ARIA AWARDS

Best Video

Baker Boy – Meditjin feat. JessB
Guy Sebastian – Standing With You
Lime Cordiale –  Robbery
PNAU feat. Vlossom –  Lucky
Sampa The Great  – Time’s Up (feat. Krown)
Tame Impala – Is It True
The Chats – The Clap
Tones And I – Ur So F**kInG cOoL
Troye Sivan – Easy
Violent Soho – Pick It Up Again

Best Australian Live Act

Amy Shark – Amy Shark Regional Tour
Baker Boy – Falls Festival
Cold Chisel – Blood Moon Tour
DMA’S – Unplugged & Intimate | Laneway Festival
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Paul Kelly – Paul Kelly – Making Gravy 2019
PNAU – All Of Us Australian Tour
RÜFÜS DU SOL – 2019 Summer Festival Tour
Sampa The Great – The Return Australian Tour 2019
The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow

Song of the Year

5 Seconds Of Summer  – Teeth
Flume Feat. Vera Blue – Rushing Back
Hilltop Hoods Feat. Illy & Ecca Vandal – Exit Sign
Lime Cordiale – Robbery
Mallrat – Charlie
Ruel – Painkiller
Sam Fischer – This City
The Jungle Giants – Heavy Hearted
The Rubens – Live In Life
Tones and I – Never Seen the Rain

Best International Artist

Dua Lipa  –  Future Nostalgia
Eminem  –  Music To Be Murdered By
Halsey – Manic
Harry Styles – Fine Line
Juice WRLD – Legends Never Die
Justin Bieber – Changes
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
Taylor Swift – Folklore
The Weekend – After Hours

ARIA Music Teacher Award

CJ Shaw – Palmerston District Primary School, Canberra ACT
Kathryn McLennan – Virginia State School, Virginia QLD
Sarah Donnelley – Wilcannia Central School, Wilcannia NSW
Thomas Fienberg – Evans High School, Blacktown, NSW

ARTISAN ARIA AWARDS

Best Cover Art

Donny Benét  – Mr Experience
Jessica Mauboy – Hilda
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You
Violent Soho –  Everything Is A-OK
WASHINGTON – Batflowers

Engineer Of The Year

Alice Ivy – Don’t Sleep
IAMMXO (aka Mohamed Komba) for Miiesha – Nyaaringu
Eric J Dubowsky for Ruel – Free Time
Kevin Parker for Tame Impala –  The Slow Rush
Greg Wales for Violent Soho – Everything Is A-OK

Producer Of The Year

Kevin Shirley for Cold Chisel – Blood Moon
DNA & Louis Schoorl for Jessica Mauboy – Hilda
IAMMXO (aka Mohamed Komba) for Miiesha – Nyaaringu
M-Phazes for Ruel – Free Time
Kevin Parker for Tame Impala – The Slow Rush

FINE ARTS AWARDS

Best Classical Album

Alicia Crossley – Muse
David Greco & Erin Helyard – Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin
Jayson Gillham, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Carter – Beethoven Piano Concertos
Richard Tognetti & Erin Helyard – Beethoven & Mozart Violin Sonatas
Slava & Sharon Grigoryan – Our Place: Duets For Cello And Guitar

Best Jazz Album

Katie Noonan – The Sweetest Taboo
Luke Howard – All That Is Not Solid (Live At Tempo Rubato, Australia / 2020)
Mike Nock; Hamish Stuart; Julien Wilson; Jonathan Zwartz – This World
Nat Bartsch – Forever More
Paul Kelly & Paul Grabowsky – Please Leave Your Light On

Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album

Chelsea Cullen – I Am Woman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Dan Golding – Untitled Goose Game (Original Soundtrack)
Grigoryan Brothers – A Boy Called Sailboat
Matteo Zingales & Antony Partos – Mystery Road (Original Score: Seasons 1-2)
Sally Seltmann & Darren Seltmann – The Letdown (Music from Seasons 1+2)

Best World Music Album

Grace Barbe – FANM:WOMAN
Joseph Tawadros – Live at the Sydney Opera House
Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Live At The Triffid
The Crooked Fiddle Band – Another Subtle Atom Bomb
Xylouris White – The Sisypheans

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