With less than a week until the Australian music industry gathers to rock Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, on Sunday, 27 November for the 2011 ARIA Awards, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) have announced more performers and presenters.
Music fans can expect a magical night with the induction of pop royalty Kylie Minogue and children favourites The Wiggles into the ARIA Hall of Fame, with performances by Gotye and Kimbra (the first time they’ll perform their #1 hit Somebody That I Used to Know on live television) alongside Drapht, Boy & Bear, Gurrumul and Cut Copy.
Event producers have since announced three more additions to the performance stage with The Living End, who have two 2011 ARIA Awards nominations for their album, The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating, and X-Factor judge Guy Sebastian, who has four nominations this year in the categories of Highest Selling Single, Best Pop Release, Single of The Year and Most Popular Australian Artist.
ARIA is also pleased to announce that seven time ARIA Award winner, Missy Higgins, will be returning from America, where she has been mixing her new album, to perform with Gurrumul. Missy will also present the coveted Single of The Year and Album of The Year awards.
Also confirmed to present on the night are ten time ARIA Award winner, Delta Goodrem; the hosts of triple j’s breakfast program, Tom Ballard and Alex Dyson; ARIA Hall of Fame inductee and Icehouse frontman, Iva Davies; 2011 Best Jazz Album award winner, KATIE Katie Noonan; Spicks & Specks host, Adam Hills; former ARIA Awards and television host, James Mathison; singer and TV presenter, Ricki-Lee Coulter; MTV’s Erin McNaught and everyone’s favourite man in a hat, Molly Meldrum.
They’re set to join Hamish & Andy, Joel and Benji Madden and Noah Taylor for the Australian music community’s night of nights.
ARIA will be keeping fans updated right up until and including the big night, with ARIA Facebook, Twitter and the newly-launched ARIA YouTube Channel providing a hub for Awards enthusiasts, with all the latest news, trivia, competitions and exclusives available around the clock.
As part of ARIA’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, Australian music fans have now been given the chance to have their say in Australian music’s night of nights by casting a vote in three Public Voted categories – Most Popular Australian Artist, Most Popular International Artist and Most Popular Australian Live Artist, brought to you by HP and Intel.
Fans can now go to www.ariaawards.com.au/hpmostpopular and cast their vote to determine the Most Popular Voted ARIA Awards across all three categories. Fans can also vote from www.facebook.com/aria.official or www.facebook.com/Hpaustralia
For the first time ever, music fans will be able to watch the drama unfolding backstage with Optus providing a dedicated mobile video stream direct from the Awards night ceremony which will be hosted by Jabba. As well as exclusive interviews and footage, the Optus mobile video stream will complement the free-to-air GO! broadcast of the event which will also be available to watch on any 3G mobile.
I’ll be joining the festivities on the red carpet and also the winner’s room and press conference after the award ceremony (and hopefully an after party or two!), so keep up to date with the live stream of ARIA news and updates as it happens by following me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gianniborrelli) as well as Glam Adelaide (www.twitter.com/glamadelaide)
For the latest ARIA Awards news and list of all this year’s ARIA Awards nominees, check the official website – www.ariaawards.com.au