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Empire Strikes Back At ARIAs

News posted Friday, November 27 2009 at 09:00 AM.
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Empire Strikes Back At ARIAs

Despite cutting a European tour short to jet back for last night’s ARIA Awards, The Temper Trap walked away empty handed from Sydney’s Acer Arena at the industry’s so-called “night of nights”.

The band had been nominated for four awards for their debut album Conditions, but were trumped on most occasions by Empire of the Sun, the dance-pop project for PNAU’s Nick Littlemore and The Sleepy Jackson’s Luke Steele. With Littlemore pursuing other projects in the UK, it was left to Steele to accept the awards – and he did so looking like an extra from David Lynch's Dune.

“Obviously Nick's disappeared, he's overseas,” said Steele after accepting the award for Best Pop Release. “So tonight he's invisible Nick.”

Other winners included AC/DC (Best Rock Album and Highest Selling Album), Sarah Blasko (Best Female Artist), C.W Stoneking (Best Blues & Roots Album), Bertie Blackman (Best Independent Release), Sia (Best DVD), New Zealand transplant Ladyhawke (Best Breakthrough Album and Best Breakthrough Single), Hilltop Hoods (Best Urban Album), Josh Pyke (Best Adult Contemporary) and The Presets for, well, just showing up.

While all the pre-ARIA talk focused on Idol runner-up Jessica Mauboy, she only walked away with one award – the dubious Highest Selling Single – after being nominated for seven. Predictably, she thanked God. Meanwhile, Dappled Cities and The Drones also missed out in their respective categories. Must not be praying enough.

Hosted by former child stars Kate Ritchie (Home and Away) and Gyton Grantley (the kid from those ’90s Sorbent ads), the night featured live performances by The Temper Trap, Sarah Blasko, Kate Miller-Heidke, Lisa Mitchell, Empire of The Sun, Ladyhawke and ex-boy band singer Robbie Williams (wonder what he’s been up to since leaving ‘N Sync?).

The proceedings were tweeted live for M+N by A.H Cayley from the comfort of her lounge room (you didn’t think we’d actually send someone to this, did you?). You can read about her action-packed night on the couch here.

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King_Rat  said about 5 years ago:

You need a better pun for the title.


King_Rat  said about 5 years ago:

Or a pun.


King_Rat  said about 5 years ago:

Something


josejones  said about 5 years ago:

think of a good one and we'll put it up. all creativity was expended on those witty one-liners in the copy.


JunkiePhil  said about 5 years ago:

Luke Steele's the show with Four for Empire.


JunkiePhil  said about 5 years ago:

Aside from the hosts, I enjoyed this for once.
C.W Stoneking made me real happy with his speach.
Seemed like the only honest one up there.


Block  said about 5 years ago:

''Four for the fruitcake''


Block  said about 5 years ago:

Empire Strikes Back At ARIAs

The Cat Empire? What did they win?


Goal attack  said about 5 years ago:

Nsync or take that?


JunkiePhil  said about 5 years ago:

The Drones film clip footage stuck out like a sore bum in amoungst all the other big budget clips, kinda looked dumb.


josejones  said about 5 years ago:

Nsync or take that?

Boyzone? Backstreet Boys?


Ricko  said about 5 years ago:

“Price of Steele Skyrockets”


peaches sp  said about 5 years ago:

I'd go with what the voiceover went with last night: ''Empire of the Sun will blind you with their sound''...


Ash-showoff  said about 5 years ago:

C.W Stoneking made me real happy with his speach.
Seemed like the only honest one up there.

True that!


Ash-showoff  said about 5 years ago:

looking like an extra from David Lynch's Dune.

Gold.


JunkiePhil  said about 5 years ago:

Also, Presets singer guys speaking voice has the same inflections as his vocals
His acceptance speach sounded like he'd changed the words to that ''I'm all in love with the people, AAAAAaaaaa'' song.


Ash-showoff  said about 5 years ago:

He sounded like a friend of mine... Why did they win anyway? Did they win those awards last year?


Ash-showoff  said about 5 years ago:

I kind of felt sorry for Gyton Grantley.. How does that regurgitator song go again?


Ricko  said about 5 years ago:

I think the people's choice award should go to Invisiable Nick.


peaches sp  said about 5 years ago:

Carl Williams was HORRIBLE.


toadphoney  said about 5 years ago:

I think the people's choice award should go to unvisored Nick.


JunkiePhil  said about 5 years ago:

''Australian Music ROX!''
probably only has the Underbelly soundtrack.


Jody Macgregor  said about 5 years ago:

I'm upset that no one thanked Sydney's drug dealers. God's contributions seemed pretty minimal in comparison.


bigdaddykane  said about 5 years ago:

''Jackson Sleeps During Empire's Revenge, Little Birdy Ladyhawke Likes It AC/DC''


Ash-showoff  said about 5 years ago:

Kinda thought CW and Blackman could have thanked community radio.


Ricko  said about 5 years ago:

Kinda of thought CW could have thanked black men.


LoadMyRig  said about 5 years ago:

racist


Goal attack  said about 5 years ago:

Boyzone? Backstreet Boys?

Don't feign ignorance jones, you love that shit.


bamesjaker  said about 5 years ago:

Carl Williams was HORRIBLE

Isn't he banged up in the big house for murder? I'm so out of touch with young people's music.


kellyclarksonisgold  said about 5 years ago:

ahhh...runs away from life



kellyclarksonisgold  said about 5 years ago:

how bout ' here comes the Sun king'?


jeebee  said about 5 years ago:

what about 'Empire state of mind at ARIAs'?


Digital  said about 5 years ago:

I kind of felt sorry for Gyton Grantley..

i would have preferred being sorry for Matthew Krok


timewaster  said about 4 years ago:

Jet must be disappointed. Their 3rd album was ignored. Guess that it didn't sell enough?


scallywag  said about 4 years ago:

Jet must be disappointed. Their 3rd album was ignored. Guess that it didn't sell enough?

...it charted higher than the emprie of the sun album.


Ricko  said about 4 years ago:

I guess Jet would have a loyal fan base... maybe 20,000 or so, who will race out and get their album and therefore giving Jet a good chart placement for that first week or two. .. And then it disappears into thin air. However Empire of the Sun was new, and would have gradually gained in popularity and over the past year and therefore selling more and giving them the aria gong.


scallywag  said about 4 years ago:

However Empire of the Sun was new,

luke steele and littlemore are hardly ''new'' and without an established fan base ...


Ricko  said about 4 years ago:

luke steele and littlemore are hardly ''new'' and without an established fan base ...

I agree Scullywag... but im pretty sure the combined pnau/ sleepy jackson fanbase would only be a fraction of Jets who have sold a few million records and hence achieve a good chart position with new albums that will quickly bombs because it sucks.


anonymous  said about 4 years ago:


anonymous  said about 4 years ago:

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