There was a theme to the 2016 ARIAs and that theme was “Flume” – the Sydney DJ / musician / producer cleaned the fuck up this evening and somehow managed to make coherent acceptance speeches for the many, many awards he won.

Despite might what you might have been lead to believe, however, there were some other winners at tonight’s ceremony, including perennial favourite Troye Sivan, unearthly beauty Montaigne, and shitkicking, beer pulling, weed smoking Brissy heroes Violent Soho.


Similarly weedified and similarly Brisbanite psych rockers King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizzard managed to take out Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album, while less weedified but still Brisbanian colleague Bernard Fanning managed to snatch Best Adult Contemporary Album. I promise I’m not just singling these ones out because I’m from Brisbane (I am).

Have a gander at the full list of nominees and winners:

BEST HARD ROCK OR HEAVY METAL ALBUM

Hellions – ‘Opera Oblivia

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – ‘Nonagon Infinity

Parkway Drive – ‘Ire

The Amity Affliction – ‘This Could Be Heartbreak’

12 Foot Ninja – ‘Outlier

WINNER: KING GIZZARD & THE LIZZARD WIZARD.

BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE

Flume – ‘Skin

Jarryd James – ‘Thirty One’

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – ‘Nonagon Infinity

Sia – ‘This Is Acting

Violent Soho – ‘Waco

WINNER: FLUME.

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST RELEASE

DMA’s – ‘Hills End

L D R U – ‘Keeping Score (feat. Paige IV)i

Montaigne – ‘Glorious Heights

Olympia – ‘Self Talk

SAFIA – ‘Make Them Wheels Roll

WINNER: MONTAIGNE.

BEST ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

Jarryd James – ‘Thirty One

Matt Corby – ‘Telluric’

Peter Garrett – ‘A Version Of Now

Sarah Blasko – ‘Eternal Return

The Temper Trap – ‘Thick as Thieves

WINNER: SARAH BLASKO.

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

Adam Brand & the Outlaws – ‘Adam Brand & the Outlaws

Bill Chambers – ‘Cold Trail

Fanny Lumsden – ‘Small Town Big Shot

Sara Storer – ‘Silos

The Wolfe Brothers – ‘This Crazy Life

WINNER: SARA STORER.

BEST VIDEO

Courtney Barnett – ‘Elevator Operator

Delta Goodrem – ‘Dear Life

Flume – ‘Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)

Guy Sebastian – ‘Black & Blue

Hilltop Hoods – ‘1955 (feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum)

Illy – ‘Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue)’

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – ‘People-Vultures’

Sia – ‘Cheap Thrills

Troye Sivan – ‘Youth Acoustic (Sydney Session)’

Violent Soho – ‘Like Soda

WINNER: TROYE SIVAN.

BEST DANCE RELEASE

Flume – ‘Skin

Hayden James – ‘Just a Lover

L D R U – ‘Keeping Score (feat. Paige IV)

RÜFÜS – ‘Bloom

The Avalanches – ‘Wildflower

WINNER: FLUME.

BEST GROUP

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – ‘Nonagon Infinity

RÜFÜS – ‘Bloom

The Avalanches – ‘Wildflower’

The Veronicas – ‘In My Blood

Violent Soho – ‘Waco

WINNER: VIOLENT SOHO.

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Ball Park Music – ‘Every Night The Same Dream

Boy & Bear – ‘Limit of Love

Gang of Youths – ‘Let Me Be Clear’

The Living End – ‘Shift

Violent Soho – ‘Waco

WINNER: VIOLENT SOHO.

BEST BLUES & ROOTS ALBUM

Jimmy Barnes – ‘Soul Searchin’

Kev Carmody – ‘Recollections… Reflections… (A Journey)

Russell Morris – ‘Red Dirt, Red Heart

The Cat Empire – ‘Rising With The Sun

The Wilson Pickers – ‘You Can’t Catch Fish From A Train

WINNER: RUSSELL MORRIS.

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Bernard Fanning – ‘Civil Dusk’

Bob Evans – ‘Car Boot Sale

Paul Kelly – ‘Seven Sonnets & a Song

Robert Forster – ‘Songs to Play

Tina Arena – ‘Eleven

WINNER: BERNARD FANNING.

BEST MALE ARTIST

Bernard Fanning – ‘Civil Dusk

Flume – ‘Skin

Guy Sebastian – ‘Black & Blue

Illy – ‘Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue)’

Troye Sivan – ‘Blue Neighbourhood

WINNER: FLUME.

BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM

Justine Clarke – ‘Pyjama Jam!’

Pat Davern – ‘Alexander the Elephant in Zanzibar

Play School – ‘Famous Friends: Celebrating 50 Years of Play School

Sam Moran – ‘Play Along With Sam: Best. Day. Ever!

The Wiggles – ‘Wiggle Town!

WINNER: THE WIGGLES.

BEST URBAN ALBUM

Citizen Kay – ‘With The People

Drapht – ‘Seven Mirrors

Koi Child – ‘Koi Child

L-Fresh the Lion – ‘Become

Urthboy – ‘The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat

WINNER: DRAPHT.

BEST FEMALE ARTIST

Delta Goodrem – ‘Wings of the Wild

Jessica Mauboy – ‘This Ain’t Love’

Montaigne – ‘Glorious Heights’

Sarah Blasko – ‘Eternal Return

Sia – ‘This Is Acting

WINNER: SIA.

BEST POP RELEASE

Flume – ‘Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)

Illy – ‘Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue)’

Sia – ‘This Is Acting

The Veronicas – ‘In My Blood

Troye Sivan – ‘Blue Neighbourhood

WINNER: FLUME.

BEST AUSTRALIAN LIVE ACT

Courtney Barnett

Flume

Gang of Youths

Hilltop Hoods

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

RÜFÜS

Tame Impala

The Living End

Violent Soho

You Am I


WINNER: HILLTOP HOODS.


BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST

Adele – ‘25′

Beyoncé – ‘Lemonade

Coldplay – ‘A Head Full of Dreams

Drake – ‘Views‘ & ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Meghan Trainor – ‘Title‘ & ‘Thank You

Justin Bieber – ‘Purpose

One Direction – ‘Made in the A.M.‘ & ‘Four

Taylor Swift – ‘1989

Twenty One Pilots – ‘Blurry Face

The Weeknd – ‘Beauty Behind the Madness

WINNER: ONE DIRECTION.

TELSTRA ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Flume – ‘Skin’

RÜFÜS – ‘Bloom

Sia – ‘This Is Acting’

The Avalanches – ‘Wildflower

Troye Sivan – ‘Blue Neighbourhood

WINNER: FLUME.

APPLE MUSIC SONG OF THE YEAR

Flume – ‘Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)’

Hilltop Hoods – ‘1955 (feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum)’

Illy – ‘Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue)’

Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – ‘This Girl

Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood – ‘The Fighter

L D R U – ‘Keeping Score (feat. Paige IV)’

Marcus Marr & Chet Faker – ‘The Trouble With Us

Sia – ‘Cheap Thrills

The Veronicas – ‘In My Blood

Troye Sivan – ‘Youth

WINNER: TROYE SIVAN.

Congratulations to everyone, but especially Flume and Troye Sivan, whose names I feel like I just wrote out about a dozen times each to the point that they no longer look like words.

Photos: Getty Images / Brendan Thorne & Cameron Spencer.