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29 November 2017

The 2017 ARIA Awards capped off an extraordinary year for Victorian music with six local artists, acts taking home awards on the night.

Paul Kelly was awarded an ARIA for Best Male Artist and Best Adult Contemporary Album, adding to wins earlier this year at the 2017 ARIA Artisan Awards where he picked up the Engineer Of The Year Award alongside Melburnian Steven Schram, and Best Cover Art for Peter Salmon-Lomas’ work for “Life Is Fine”, taking Kelly’s overall 2017 ARIA Awards tally to four.

A.B.Original picked up awards for Best Independent Release and Best Urban Release for their debut album “Reclaim Australia” – adding to the multiple awards they’ve won at The Age Victoria Music and the J Awards, just in the past week.

Melbourne’s Illy took the title for Best Australian Live Act, a publicly voted award, Slava Grigoryan won for Best Classical Album and the late John Clarke took out Best Comedy Release while and our very own Daryl Braithwaite entered the ARIA Hall Of Fame.

While there were many nominees from our great state, the Victorian ARIA winners for 2017 were.

Best Male Artist - Paul Kelly for “Life Is Fine” (EMI)

Best Urban Album -  A.B. Original for “Reclaim Australia” (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)

Best Independent Release - A.B. Original for “Reclaim Australia” (Golden Era Records/Universal Music Australia)

Best Adult Contemporary Album - Paul Kelly for “Life Is Fine” (EMI)

Best Australian Live Act - Illy (ONETWO/Warner Music Australia)

2017 ARTISAN AWARDS

Engineer Of The Year -  Steven Schram for Paul Kelly ”Life Is Fine” (EMI)

Best Cover Art - Peter Salmon-Lomas for Paul Kelly “Life Is Fine” (EMI)

2017 ARIA FINE ARTS AWARDS

Best Classical Album - Slava Grigoryan “Bach: Cello Suites Volume I” (ABC Classics/Universal Music)

Best Comedy Release -  John Clarke “Clarke’s Classics” (ABC Classics/Universal Music)