ARIA Awards 2015 winners Tame Impala and Courtney Barret
ARIA Awards 2015 for Australian Music

The 2015 ARIAS or 29th “Australian Recording Industry Association” Music Awards  ceremony,  took place at the Star Event Centre on 26 November. It aired on TV on Network Ten. Ed Sheeran & Kylie Minogue presented the awards. Many of the award winners performed on the night and there was a focus in several acceptance speeches about gender equality and sparse nomination of female artists.


Tina Arena was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in this year, 2015. She also became the first artist to be honoured on the new ARIA “Hall of Fame Walk” established on 6 November this year.

The ARIA Award Winners – Please Listen and Support Those You Like by purchasing songs or albums through accepted channels.


Song of the Year
Conrad Sewell – “Start Again” (300 Entertainment / Warner Music Australia)

Best Video
Matt Sharp & Daniel James for the Veronicas – “You Ruin Me”

Tame Impala – Currents – Five Awards

Album of the Year | Best Group | Best Rock Album
Engineer of the Year | Producer of the Year
Tame Impala – Currents (Modular / Universal Music Australia)

Best Male Artist
Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit… – 4 Awards


Best Female Artist | Breakthrough Artist
Best Independent Release | Best Cover Artist
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records / Remote Control)

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Oh Mercy – When We Talk About Love (EMI)

Best Blues & Roots Album
C. W. Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo (King Hokum Records / Caroline Australia)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Northlane – Node (UNFD)

Best Urban Album
Seth Sentry – Strange New Past (High Score Records / Inertia)

Best Country Album
Shane Nicholson – Hell Breaks Loose
(Lost Highway Australia / Universal Music Australia)

Best Pop Release
Jarryd James – “Do You Remember” (Jarryd James Music / Dryden Street Limited)

Best Dance Release
RÜFÜS – “You Were Right” (Sweat It Out / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Best Children’s Album
Sam Moran – Play Along with Sam: BOO! (6 Degrees Records / MGM)

Best Comedy Release
Matt Okine – Live at the Enmore Theatre (Century Entertainment)

Triple J personality Matt Okine made sure his acceptance speech had an impact. While accepting the award for Best Comedy Release, the radio host took aim at gender equality after discovering he wasn’t up against any females in his bid for the gong. However Network Ten cut the speech from its live broadcast. ‘I don’t think there’s any women nominated in this category,’ Okine said, ‘I’d feel stupid if I didn’t use this opportunity to say something.”


Best Australian Live Act
5 Seconds of Summer – Rock out with Your Socks out Tour

Loved this video of the band giving a young guitarist his first taste of fronting a live audience during this amazing “Rock out with your socks out” tour. Found it hard to choose between this video and the band playing 500 Miles to a scottish audience in Glasgow…


Best International Artist
One Direction – Four (Syco / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Best Classical Album
Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics / Universal Music Australia)

Best Jazz Album
Barney McAll, Mooroolbark (ABC Jazz / Universal Music Australia)

Barney McAll’s new album is both a homecoming and the story of a remarkable journey – a sonic reflection upon the distance in miles and in music he has travelled since leaving Mooroolbark, Victoria in 1989. Recorded shortly after McAll’s return to his home country after 17 years collaborating with New York’s finest, this album sees the composer-pianist joined by a superb band of Australian musicians and the legendary French percussionist Mino Cinélu.


Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album
Beat the Drum – Celebrating 40 Years of JJJ
(ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)

In January 2015, triple J turned 40 years young and to celebrate, threw a huge, once-in-a-lifetime party starring an all-star Australian line-up in Sydney’s Domain, as part of the Sydney Festival program.


Best World Music Album
Gurrumul, The Gospel Album (Skinnyfish Music / MGM)

Gospel songs were the first western music Gurrumul heard as a very young child when his family took him to the local Methodist church on Elcho Island.

Performing on the Night of the the Ceremony

Performing at the ARIA Ceremony were…
Conrad Sewell, Flight Facilities, Hermitude,
Jarryd James, Jessica Mauboy, Nathaniel, Peking Duk,
The Veronicas, Vance Joy, Tina Arena & Ed Sheeran

ARIA 2015 Award Winning artists Courtney Barnett and Tame Impala

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