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