24 November 2016
Congratulations to the Victorian winners at the 2016 ARIA Awards, the irrepressible King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, the rambunctious Melbourne Ska Orchestra, legends Russell Morris and Paul Grabowsky, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard were nominated for Best Independent Release, Best Video and Best Australian Live Act. They ultimately won an ARIA for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album, for their "endless loop" album Nonagon Infinity.
Melbourne Ska Orchestra won Best World Music Album forSierra Kilo Alpha while Russell Morris took out the Best Blues & Roots Album for Red Dirt Red Heart.
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra won the Best Classical Album category for their acclaimed live recording with dance act Flight Facilities. Paul Grabowsky took the ARIA for Best Jazz Album for his work with Vince Jones on Provenance.
Many other Victorians were nominated for ARIAs this year, including an Album of the Year nomination for The Avalanches for their long-awaited Wildflower LP. The Avalanches were also nominated for Best Group, while their team members earned nominations for Engineer of the Year and Producer of the Year.
Victorian-born artis Illy received four nominations including Best Male Artist, Best Pop Release, Best Video and an Apple Music Song of the Year nomination for Papercuts.
Melbourne's Olympia received a nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year while Victorian music industry stalwarts Paul Kelly and Tina Arena were nominated in the Adult Contemporary category. The Living End was nominated for Best Rock Album for their Shift LP.
Congratulations to these and other Victorian artists that were nominated, including Courtney Barnett, Twelve Foot Ninja, The Temper Trap, Cookin' On 3 Burners, Joe Chindamo & Zoe Black, Nicole Car and graphic artist Jack Vanzet, for RÜFÜS cover artwork.