Women in music dominate ARIA nominations

Amy Shark live at the Forum in Melbourne. Picture: Ian Laidlaw.
Amy Shark live at the Forum in Melbourne. Picture: Ian Laidlaw.

Australian women in music have dominated this year's ARIA nominations, with Amy Shark and Courtney Barnett leading the charge.

Gold Coast singer-songwriter Amy Shark has been nominated for nine awards including Best Female Artist and Album Of The Year for Love Monster.

The musician, who confirmed she'll be back in Australia for the awards, said leading the nominations field was "indescribable".

"Honestly, as an artist, I looked at this album and thought. 'Man, I am so proud of this'. Of course, I am going to say that, but something like the ARIAs means more to me than anything," she said.

She also praised the field she's up against in the best female artist category.

"You think I am full of shit saying this, but honestly, this is what happened last year. I am just so happy to be nominated, being nominated is special enough.

"All those girls are so badass, I love everything they all represent. And it is cool that I am this girl from the Gold Coast who is up against people like Sia, Tash [Sultana] and Courtney [Barnett]."

Shark is up against indie pop darling Barnett in several categories, who's also been nominated for eight awards for her second album Tell Me How You Really Feel.

The Melbourne artist is touring the album globally, having performed earlier this year on the coveted stage of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Singer-songwriter Odette is one of many women nominated for ARIA Awards.

Singer-songwriter Odette is one of many women nominated for ARIA Awards.

Another female in the lead Tash Sultana accrued six nominations for her debut album Flow State. The album featuring 15 instruments all played by Sultana was highly anticipated after she racked up millions of online views for her bedroom recordings.

Indigenous artist Gurrumul posthumously won two awards for Best World Music Album and Best Cover Art, and was further nominated in another seven categories.

Before his death last year his final album Djarimirri became the first in Australian indigenous language to top the ARIA Charts debuting at No.1.

The ARIA award nomination ceremony paid tribute to the blind musician, who was renowned for singing in his native Yolngu language and for performing for the likes of former US president Barack Obama.

Electronic dance music artists were well represented, with PNAU and Peking Duk securing seven and five nominations respectively.

Second-time nominee Dean Lewis is up for five awards after his single Be Alright spent five consecutive weeks at No.1 on the Aria Singles Chart.

The 32nd annual ARIA Awards hosted by Keith Urban will take place on November 28 in Sydney.

2018 ARIA AWARD NOMINATIONS

Apple Music Album Of The Year

  • Amy Shark - Love Monster (Wonderlick Recording Company)
  • Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)
  • Gurrumul - Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) (SFM/MGM)
  • Pnau - Changa (etcetc Music)
  • Troye Sivan - Bloom (EMI)

Best Male Artist

  • Dan Sultan - Killer Under A Blood Moon (Liberation Records)
  • Dean Lewis - Be Alright (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
  • Gurrumul - Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) (SFM/MGM)
  • Troye Sivan - Bloom (EMI)
  • Vance Joy - Nation Of Two (Liberation Records)

Best Female Artist

  • Alison Wonderland - Awake (EMI)
  • Amy Shark - Love Monster (Wonderlick Recording Company)
  • Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)
  • Sia - Flames (What A Music Ltd, Under Exclusive Licence to Warner Music Group)
  • Tash Sultana - Flow State (Lonely Lands Records/Sony Music)

Best Dance Release

  • Alison Wonderland - Awake (EMI)
  • Fisher - Losing It (etcetc Music)
  • Peking Duk - Fire (Sony Music)
  • Pnau - Go Bang (etcetc Music)
  • RÜFÜS DU SOL - No Place (Sony Music)

Best Group

  • 5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood (Capitol UK/EMI)
  • DMA’S - For Now (I OH YOU)
  • Peking Duk - Fire (Sony Music)
  • Pnau - Go Bang (etcetc Music)
  • RÜFÜS DU SOL - No Place (Sony Music)

Breakthrough Artist

  • Alex Lahey - I Love You Like A Brother (Nicky Boy Records/Caroline Australia)
  • Jack River - Sugar Mountain (I OH YOU)
  • Mojo Juju - Native Tongue (ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)
  • Odette - To A Stranger (EMI)
  • Ruel - Dazed & Confused (RCA Records/Sony Music)

Best Pop Release

  • 5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood (Capitol UK/EMI)
  • Amy Shark - Love Monster (Wonderlick Recording Company)
  • Dean Lewis - Be Alright (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
  • Jack River - Sugar Mountain (I OH YOU)
  • Troye Sivan - Bloom (EMI)

Best Urban Release

  • 360 - Vintage Modern (Forthwrite/EMI)
  • Esoterik - My Astral Plane (Flight Deck/Mushroom Group)
  • Hilltop Hoods - Clark Griswold (feat. Adrian Eagle) (Hilltop Hoods/Universal Music Australia)
  • Kerser - Engraved In The Game (ABK Records. Marketed & distributed by ADA, a division of Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
  • Mojo Juju - Native Tongue (ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)

Best Independent Release

  • Angus & Julia Stone - Snow (Angus & Julia Stone Pty Ltd/EMI)
  • Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)
  • DMA’S - For Now (I OH YOU)
  • Gurrumul - Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) (SFM/MGM)
  • Pnau - Go Bang (etcetc Music)

Best Rock Album

  • Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends (Poison City Records)
  • Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)
  • DMA’S - For Now (I OH YOU)
  • Luca Brasi - Stay (Cooking Vinyl Australia)
  • Middle Kids - Lost Friends (EMI)

Best Adult Contemporary Album

  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)
  • Dan Sultan - Killer Under A Blood Moon (Liberation Records)
  • Missy Higgins - Solastalgia (Eleven: A Music Company/EMI Music)
  • Odette - To A Stranger (EMI)
  • Vance Joy - Nation Of Two (Liberation Records)

Best Country Album

  • Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont - Adam & Brooke (Lost Highway Australia /Universal Music Australia)
  • Fanny Lumsden - Real Class Act (Red Dirt Road/AWAL)
  • Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples - Campfire (Essence Group Entertainment. Marketed and distributed by Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
  • The Wolfe Brothers - Country Heart (ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)
  • Travis Collins - Brave & The Broken (ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

  • DZ Deathrays - Bloody Lovely (I OH YOU)
  • King Parrot - Ugly Produce (EVP Recordings/Rocket)
  • Parkway Drive - Reverence (Resist Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia)
  • Polaris - The Mortal Coil (Resist Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia)
  • West Thebarton - Different Beings Being Different (Domestic La La/Sony Music Entertainment)

Best Blues & Roots Album

  • Angus & Julia Stone - Snow (Angus & Julia Stone Pty Ltd/EMI)
  • Emily Wurramara - Milyakburra (Wantok Musik/MGM)
  • Mama Kin Spender - Golden Magnetic (ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)
  • Ruby Boots - Don’t Talk About It (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
  • Tash Sultana - Flow State (Lonely Lands Records/Sony Music)

Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album

  • Evelyn Ida Morris - Acute Misfortune (Original Soundtrack) (ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)
  • Jessica Mauboy - The Secret Daughter Season Two (Songs for the Original 7 Series) (Sony Music)
  • Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Boy: The Soundtracks (BLOODLINES)
  • LIARS - 1/1 (Original Soundtrack) (Mute/Inertia)
  • Various Artists - Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical (The Original Cast Recording) (Global Creatures/Sony Music)

Best Children's Album

  • Justine Clarke - The Justine Clarke Show! (ABC KIDS/Universal Music Australia)
  • Lah-Lah - 10th Birthday Party (Stella Projects/Sony Music)
  • Sam Moran - Santa’s Coming! (Sony Music)
  • Teeny Tiny Stevies - Helpful Songs For Little People (ABC KIDS/Universal Music Australia)
  • The Wiggles - Wiggle Pop! (ABC KIDS/Universal Music Australia)

Apple Music Song Of The Year

  • 5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood (Capitol UK/EMI)
  • Amy Shark - I Said Hi (Wonderlick Recording Company)
  • Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau (Angus & Julia Stone Pty Ltd/EMI)
  • Conrad Sewell - Healing Hands (Sony Music)
  • Dean Lewis - Be Alright (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
  • Peking Duk - Fire/Reprisal (Sony Music)
  • Pnau - Go Bang (etcetc Music)
  • Sheppard - Coming Home (Chugg Music/MGM)
  • Troye Sivan - My My My! (EMI)
  • Vance Joy - Lay It On Me (Liberation Records)

Best Video

  • Amy Shark - I Said Hi (Wonderlick Recording Company)
  • Client Liaison - Survival In The City (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
  • Courtney Barnett - Need A Little Time (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)
  • Dean Lewis - Be Alright (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
  • Gang Of Youths - The Heart Is A Muscle (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music)
  • Mojo Juju - Native Tongue (ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)
  • Peking Duk - Fire (Sony Music)
  • Pnau - Go Bang (etcetc Music)
  • Tash Sultana - Salvation (Lonely Lands Records/Sony Music)
  • The Presets - Do What You Want (Modular/EMI)

Best Australian Live Act

  • 5 Seconds Of Summer - Meet You There Tour (Capitol UK/EMI)
  • Amy Shark - Love Monster Tour (Wonderlick Recording Company)
  • Client Liaison - Expo Liaison (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
  • Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel National Tour (Milk! Records/Remote Control Records)
  • Dean Lewis - 2017 National Tour (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
  • Gang Of Youths - 2017 National Tour (Mosy Recordings/Sony Music)
  • Paul Kelly - Life Is Fine Tour 2017 (EMI)
  • Peking Duk - The Wasted Tour (Sony Music)
  • Pnau - Pnau Changa Australian Tour (etcetc Music)
  • Tash Sultana - Homecoming Tour (Lonely Lands Records/Sony Music)

Best International Artist

  • Camila Cabello - Camila (Syco/Epic/Sony Music)
  • Drake - Scorpion & More Life (Republic/Universal Music)
  • Ed Sheeran - ÷ (Warner Music)
  • Eminem - Revival & Kamikaze (Interscope/Universal Music)
  • Imagine Dragons - Evolve (Interscope/Universal Music)
  • Khalid - American Teen (RCA/Sony Music)
  • P!nk - Beautiful Trauma (RCA/Sony Music)
  • Post Malone - Beerbongs & Bentleys & Stoney (Universal Music)
  • Sam Smith - The Thrill Of It All (Capitol/EMI)
  • Taylor Swift - Reputation (Big Machine/Universal Music)

Music Teacher of the Year

  • Becky Hall (Education Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne VIC 3052)
  • Scott Maxwell (Grant High School, Mount Gambier SA 5209)
  • Dean Harawira (Nerang State High School, Gold Coast QLD 4211)
  • Deborah Skelton (Caladenia Primary School, Canning Vale WA 6155)

2018 ARTISAN AWARDS

Best Cover Art - Caiti Baker for Gurrumul - Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)

Engineer Of The Year - Burke Reid for Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Producer Of The Year - Dann Hume and M Phazes for Amy Shark - I Said Hi

2018 FINE ARTS AWARDS

Best Classical Album - Slava Grigoryan - Bach Cello Suites Volume II

Best Jazz Album - Jonathan Zwartz - Animarum

Best World Music Album - Gurrumul - Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)

Best Comedy Release - Bridie and Wyatt, Tonightly with Tom Ballard - Sex Pest