The sold out 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra held at The Star Event Centre, Sydney and broadcast nationally on TEN capped off an extraordinary year for the Australian music industry. This year’s event certainly showcased and celebrated what a remarkable year 2014 has been for Australian music and artists. Australian music has been well and truly thrust onto the global stage in 2014 and for the first time the ARIA Awards will be broadcast to millions throughout Asia via Fox International.
Whilst Telstra Album Of The Year recipient, Sia was not in the country to accept her multiple awards (Telstra Album Of The Year, Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release and Best Video), international superstar, Katy Perry entertained the fans delivering a truly memorable moment when she accepted the Best Female Artist ARIA Award on behalf of Sia.
Guests at The Star Event Centre, Sydney and the fans watching on TEN were treated to a performance from multiple 2014 ARIA Award recipient (Best Male Artist, Best Independent Release and Producer Of The Year) Chet Faker delivering a soulful rendition of ‘Talk Is Cheap’.
Chet Faker, who was presented his Best Male Artist Award by 2013 Best Female Artist ARIA Award recipient, Jessica Mauboy who performed her ARIA Top 5 hit, ‘Can I Get A Moment’. They were joined on this year’s phenomenal line up by a raft of 2014 ARIA Award winners, including 5 Seconds Of Summer (Song Of The Year) who have had a sensational week also winning an American Music Award (AMA) for Best New Artist. Sheppard (Best Group) were joined on stage by Melbourne Ska Orchestra for a rousing rendition of their triple Platinum single, ‘Geronimo’. Hilltop Hoods (Best Urban Album) had the crowd on their feet for their ARIA Top 5 single ‘Cosby Sweater’ and Dan Sultan (Best Rock Album) truly rocked the room with his performance of ‘Under Your Skin’. The two legends of song, Paul Kelly and Neil Finn (Best Adult Contemporary Album) delivered a glorious ending to the 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra with their sublime performance of ‘Don’t Stand So Close To The Window’ and ‘Four Seasons In One Day’.
ARIA CEO Dan Rosen said:
“2014 has been an amazing year for Australian music and that was certainly evident by the incredible talent that graced the ARIA stage. The collection of tonight’s winners, nominees and performers highlight the world-class homegrown talent that we have here in Australia.
ARIA is proud to be able to present these artists to music fans around Australia and around the world to celebrate their achievements.”
Best International Artist ARIA Award recipients for the third consecutive year, One Direction blew the audience away with their hit single ‘Steal My Girl’. Although Best Breakthrough Artist, Iggy Azalea was not at the Awards, the featured vocalist on her worldwide smash hit, ‘Fancy’, Charli XCX was on stage with previous ARIA Award recipient, Illy to accept the award on Azalea’s behalf.
Denis Handlin AM, ARIA Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia said:
“On behalf of the ARIA Board, I would like to congratulate all the winning artists and nominees at the 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra. It has also been our honour to welcome Molly Meldrum & Countdown into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
This year’s ARIA Awards have been a great success, with our incredibly talented artists demonstrating the profound impact and diversity of Australian music.
We would like to thank all of the 2014 ARIA Awards partners –Destination NSW, TEN, Telstra and The Star and for their valued support in making the ARIA Awards such a wonderful event.”
The 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra kicked off in spectacular style on the Red Carpet Presented By David Jones with Justice Crew performing their hit single, ‘Que Sera’ with the masses of fans delivering a deafening roar of delight for the entire duration of the red carpet parade.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Troy Grant said:
“Congratulations to each of the 2014 ARIA Award winners who have been recognised for their outstanding talent, hard work and achievement at the Australian music industry’s night-of-nights in Sydney this evening.
The NSW Government, through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, is proud to support the ARIA Awards and ARIA Week 2014 and I am delighted to have today announced our continued investment in these events for the next three years, ensuring they remain in Sydney and further cementing the city’s position as Australia’s live performance capital,” he said.
Beloved Australian icon, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum and the show that introduced us to him, Countdown was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame by Marcia Hines and John Paul Young. The overwhelming reaction from the crowd when Molly was inducted is a testament to how loved and admired the first non-artist being inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame is by all. ARIA salutes you Molly.
The 2014 ARIA Industry Icon Award was presented to Denis Handlin AM, ARIA Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand and President, Asia by his dear friend and Hall Of Fame recipient Molly Meldrum and 2013 ARIA Best Female Artist, Jessica Mauboy at the Chariman’s Cocktail Party. ARIA congratulates Denis on an inspirational 40 years of achievement.
In an ARIA first, fans got closer than ever to the glitz, glamour and behind the scenes action of the awards with CRASHTHEARIAS.COM, a digital experience for mobile, tablets and PCs, developed by presenting partner Telstra.
Telstra Director Corporate Marketing Inese Kingsmill congratulated all the artists nominated for Telstra Album Of The Year and recognised all the artists’ contribution to Australian music.
“It has been an honour to be presenting partner for the 2014 ARIA Awards and to support the Australian music industry, and I’d like to again congratulate the talented Australian artists nominated for the Telstra Album of the Year.
“We’re also thrilled to take Australians fans closer to their favourite stars online at Crash the ARIAs. This is another way we can support and showcase the amazing musical talent in this country, and give Australians a brilliant music experience they can share via their own social networks.”
ARIA extends their thanks and gratitude to host extraordinaire, Osher Günsberg and the fabulous red carpet hosts Angela Bishop, Ash London, Laurina Fleure, Montana Cox and Scott Tweedie, as well as the wonderful presenters at 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra: Angela Bishop, Ash London, Charli XCX (UK), Danny and Carissa, Delta Goodrem, Dom Alessio, Ella Hooper, Havana Brown, Illy, INXS, Jessica Mauboy, John Butler, Justine Clarke, Kasey Chambers, Katy Perry (US), Matt and Alex, Nathaniel, Russell Morris, Samantha Jade, Scott Tweedie, The Veronicas, Tom Ballard and Troy Cassar-Daley.
Special thanks to the House DJ’s, The Faders for keeping the audience entertained throughout the event.
ARIA wishes to thank its partners and sponsors without whom the ARIA Awards would not be possible: Destination NSW, TEN, Telstra, The Star, David Jones, Qantas and PPCA.
The 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra and ARIA Week are proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.
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2014 ARIA AWARDS CONNECTED BY TELSTRA RECIPIENTS
SIA ‘1000 FORMS OF FEAR’
Telstra Album Of The Year
Best Female Artist
Best Pop Release
Best Video presented by YouTube – Directed by Sia and Daniel Askill
CHET FAKER ‘BUILT ON GLASS’
Best Male Artist
Best Independent Release
SHEPPARD ‘BOMBS AWAY’
IGGY AZALEA ‘THE NEW CLASSIC’
Breakthrough Artist presented by PPCA
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER ‘SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT’
ARIA Song Of The Year
NEIL FINN AND PAUL KELLY ‘GOIN’ YOUR WAY’
Best Adult Contemporary Album
JOHN BUTLER TRIO ‘FLESH AND BLOOD’
Best Blues and Roots Album
THE WIGGLES ‘APPLES & BANANAS’
Best Children’s Album
BUDDY GOODE ‘IT’S A BUDDY GOODE CHRISTMAS’
Best Comedy Release
KASEY CHAMBERS ‘BITTERSWEET’
Best Country Album
PEKING DUK FEATURING NICOLE MILLAR ‘HIGH’
Best Dance Release
DZ DEATHRAYS ‘BLACK RAT’
Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
DAN SULTAN ‘BLACKBIRD’
Best Rock Album
HILLTOP HOODS ‘WALKING UNDER STARS’
Best Urban Album
Best Live Australian Act
Best International Artist
MOLLY MELDRUM AND COUNTDOWN
ARIA Hall Of Fame
ARIA Industry Icon Award
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