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Music News: 2006 ARIA AWARD Nominations Announced

By Sean Lynch
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Aria Awards 2006
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If the strength of Australian music lies in its diversity, then the domestic music community is in very strong shape indeed.

In a wide open year where the big winners could come from left of field, the ARIA Awards voting academy has delivered one of the most eclectic set of nominees to date.

Announced today in Sydney, this year’s ARIA Awards nominees includes artists as diverse as AUGIE MARCH, HILLTOP HOODS, WOLFMOTHER, BOB EVANS, CLARE BOWDITCH, HUMAN NATURE, TROY CASSAR-DALEY, THE GRATES, THE LIVING END, YOUTH GROUP and THE VERONICAS. There are plenty of new faces making their ARIA Awards nominations debut and an exciting collection of artists, both new and established, who have received multiple nominations.

A number of artists have each received 5 ARIA Award nominations. BERNARD FANNING, an artist who is already a multi ARIA Award winner courtesy of Powderfinger, Hip-hop super heroes HILLTOP HOODS, globetrotting trio WOLFMOTHER and ESKIMO JOE have all stormed in with 5 nominations a piece.

The technical awards were also given out today with The ENGINEER OF THE YEAR for the 2nd year in a row going to MATT LOVELL for his work on the ESKIMO JOE album Black Fingernails, Red Wine. Production company HEAD PICTURES have taken out the ARIA Award for BEST VIDEO for BERNARD FANNING’S whimsical Wish You Well film clip. And DEBASER has won the ARIA Award for BEST COVER ART for BERNARD FANNING’S Tea And Sympathy.

The 2006 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEES

Best Children's Album        
Hi-5 - Wish Upon A Star    (SonyBMG)    
Justine Clarke - I Like To Sing!    (ABC For Kids)    
The Fairies - Fairy Magic (ABC For Kids)    
The Hooley Dooleys – Smile (ABC For Kids) 
The Wiggles - Racing To The Rainbow (ABC For Kids)  

Best Comedy Release             
Carl Barron - Carl Barron Whatever Comes Next (Acmec)
Lano and Woodley - Sing Songs (Liberation Music)
The Shambles - The Shambles: Best Of Series One & Two (Shock DVD)
Matt Tilley - Cereal Pest: The “Gotcha Calls” (Liberation Music)

Best Dance Release                
Dirty South - Dirty South EP (Vicious)    
Paul Mac - Panic Room    (Eleven/Virgin)    
Sneaky Sound System - I Love It (Whack Records)
The Presets – Beams (Modular/UMA)    
TV Rock feat. Seany B - Flaunt It (SonyBMG)    

Best Urban Release               
Bliss N Eso - Up Jumped The Boogie  (Illusive Sounds)  
Hilltop Hoods - The Hard Road    (Obese Records)  
Jade MacRae - Jade MacRae (Roadshow Music)   
Phrase - Talk With Force (Marlin/UMA)   
Weapon X And Ken Hell - Sneakerpimpin' Ain't Easy (Illusive Sounds)   

Highest Selling Single               
Kate DeAraugo - Maybe Tonight (SonyBMG)  
Lee Harding – Wasabi (SonyBMG)   
Shannon Noll – Shine (SonyBMG)   
TV Rock featuring Seany B - Flaunt It (SonyBMG)   
Youth Group - Forever Young (Ivy League Records)   

Highest Selling Album            
Bernard Fanning - Tea and Sympathy (Dew Process/UMA)   
Human Nature - Reach Out: The Motown Album     (Columbia)
Pete Murray - See The Sun (Columbia)   
Rogue Traders    - Here Come the Drums    (Columbia)   
The Veronicas - The Secret Life Of … (Engine Room Music/Sire Records)   

Best Music DVD               
Hilltop Hoods - The Calling Live    (Obese Records) 
Eskimo Joe - Eskimo Joe - The DVD (Mushroom Records) 
Kylie Minogue - Showgirl - The Greatest Hits Tour (Warner Vision Australia)
Missy Higgins -    If You Tell Me Yours, I'll Tell You Mine (Eleven/Virgin)   
The Go-Betweens - That Striped Sunlight Sound    (Capitol/EMI)

Best Rock Album      
Augie March - Moo, You Bloody Choir (Ra)   
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine (Mushroom Records/WMA)   
The Living End - State of Emergency (Capitol/EMI)   
Wolfmother  -  Wolfmother (Modular/UMA)   
You Am I – Convicts (Virgin/EMI)   

Best Adult Contemporary Artist               
Bob Evans - Suburban Songbook (Capitol/EMI)   
Human Nature - Reach Out: The Motown Record (Columbia)   
Tex, Don & Charlie - All Is Forgiven (UMA)   
The Whitlams - Little Cloud (Black Yak Records/WMA) 
Various Artists - She Will Have Her Way: The Songs of Tim & Neil Finn (Capitol/EMI)   

Best Pop Release               
Ben Lee - Into The Dark (Inertia Recordings) 
Josh Pyke - Feeding The Wolves (Ivy League Records)   
Rogue Traders - Here Come The Drums    (Columbia)
Shannon Noll – Lift (SonyBMG)   
The Veronicas - The Secret Life Of...(Engine Room Music/Sire Records)   

Best Independent Release             
Ben Lee – We’re All In This Together (Inertia Recordings)   
Gotye - Like Drawing Blood (Independent/Creative Vibes)  
Hilltop Hoods - The Hard Road    (Obese Records)
John Butler Trio - Live At St Gallen (Jarrah Records)  
Lior - Doorways Of My Mind (Senso Unico)

Best Country Album               
Adam Brand - What A Life  (Compass Bros Records)   
Anne Kirkpatrick - Showman’s Daughter    (Compass Bros Records)
Catherine Britt    - Too Far Gone (ABC Music)   
Lee Kernaghan    - The New Bush (ABC Music)   
Troy Cassar-Daley - Brighter Day (Capitol/EMI)

Best Blues and Roots Album                
Bernard Fanning - Tea and Sympathy (Dew Process/UMA)    
Lior - Doorways Of My Mind (Senso Unico)    
The Audreys - Between Last Night and Us (ABC Music)    
The Flood - The Late Late Show    (Rajon Music)    
Xavier Rudd - Food In The Belly    (Salt X/UMA)

Breakthrough Artist - Single               
Gyroscope - Fast Girl (Mushroom Records/WMA)   
Hilltop Hoods - Clown Prince (Obese Records)   
Sneaky Sound System - I Love It (Whack Records)   
TV Rock feat. Seany B - Flaunt It (SonyBMG)   
Starky -    Hey Bang Bang    (UMA)   
Youth Group - Forever Young (Ivy League Records)

Breakthrough Artist - Album               
Hilltop Hoods - The Hard Road    (Obese Records)
Rogue Traders - Here Come The Drums    (Columbia)
The Grates - Gravity Won't Get You High (Dew Process/UMA)   
The Veronicas  - The Secret Life Of ... (Engine Room Music/Sire Records)
Wolfmother – Wolfmother (Modular/UMA)

Best Group               
Augie March - Moo, You Bloody Choir (Ra)   
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine (Mushroom Records/WMA)
Rogue Traders    - Here Come The Drums    (Columbia)
The Living End - State of Emergency (Capitol/EMI)   
Wolfmother – Wolfmother  (Modular/UMA)

Best Male Artist               
Bernard Fanning - Tea and Sympathy (Dew Process/UMA)
Ben Lee – We’re All In This Together (Inertia Recordings)   
Bob Evans - Suburban Songbook (Capitol/EMI)   
Dan Kelly - Pirate Radio (Shock/Infidelity Records)
Pete Murray - See The Sun  (Columbia)

Best Female Artist               
Clare Bowditch - What Was Left    (Capitol/EMI)   
Holly Throsby - Under the Town    (Virgin/Spunk/EMI)   
Jade MacRae - Jade MacRae (Roadshow Music)   
Jen Cloher - Dead Wood Falls (Shiny Records)   
Kasey Chambers - Nothing At All (Capitol/EMI)

Single of the year               
Augie March - One Crowded Hour  (Ra)
Bernard Fanning - Watch Over Me (Dew Process/UMA)
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine (Mushroom Records/WMA)
Wolfmother - Minds Eye    (Modular/UMA)   
Youth Group - Forever Young (Ivy League Records)

Album of the Year               
Augie March - Moo, You Bloody Choir (Ra)   
Bernard Fanning - Tea and Sympathy (Dew Process/UMA)
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine (Mushroom Records/WMA)
The Sleepy Jackson - Personality, One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird (Capitol/EMI)
Wolfmother – Wolfmother (Modular/UMA)   

The 2006 ARIA Awards will be held on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, at ACER ARENA and will be broadcast on Network Ten from 7.30pm. General public tickets are on sale next Monday, September 19, from Ticketek. Don’t miss the sparkling 20th anniversary of the ARIA Awards!

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