Boy & Bear Sweep ARIAs

Boy & Bear

If you tune into the ARIA Awards each year expecting to be surprised by the winners then you must be eternally disappointed. Despite the size of out recording industry in Australia it’s usually pretty easy to pick who will take out the top awards and which band will end up bringing home the most pointy statues.

Last night’s ceremony was no different but the Timber and Steel was cheering as once again folk-inspired music rose to the top of the heap. The big news of course is the five gongs that Sydney based five piece Boy & Bear finished up with five awards including Album Of The Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Artist – Album, Breakthrough Artist – Single and Best Adult Alternative Album. Other notable Timber and Steel friendly winners from the night were The Audreys for Best Blues & Roots Album and Kasey Chambers for Best Country Album.

The night also included a magical duet between Missy Higgins and Gurrumul as well as a performance from the band of the moment, Boy & Bear. The winners from the major categories are below – for a full list check out the official ARIA web site.

Album Of The Year
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Single Of The Year
Gotye Featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Best Male Artist
Best Female Artist
Best Group
Boy & Bear
Breakthrough Artist – Album
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Breakthrough Artist – Single
Boy & Bear – “Feeding Line”
Best Independent Release
Art Vs Science – The Experiment
Best Adult Alternative Album
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Best Adult Contemporary Album
Billy Thorpe – Billy Thorpe’s Tangier
Best Blues & Roots Album
The Audreys – Sometimes The Stars
Best Children’s Album
The Wiggles – Ukulele Baby!
Best Comedy Release
Hamish & Andy – Celebrating 50 Glorious Years
Best Country Album
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Best Dance Release
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Front End Loader – Ritardando
Best Pop Release
Gotye – “Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)”
Best Rock Album
The Living End – The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating
Best Urban Album
Drapht – The Life Of Riley
Highest Selling Album
Altiyan Childs – Altiyan Childs
Highest Selling Single
Guy Sebastian Featuring Eve – “Who’s that Girl”

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