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Is this the death of the ARIAs? This year’s music awards ceremony suffers some of the lowest ratings

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Is this the death of the ARIAs? This year’s music awards ceremony suffers some of the lowest ratings

Is this the death of the ARIAs? This year’s music awards ceremony hosted by Delta Goodrem suffers some of the lowest ratings ever seen in the history of the show – drawing in a lousy 287,000 viewers

The ARIA Music Awards on Wednesday suffered some of the worst ratings ever seen in the history of the show.  

Hosted by singer Delta Goodrem, this year’s ceremony drew in just a measly 287,000 viewers across the five-city metro, TV Tonight reports. 

The annual event is considered the Australian music industry’s night of nights, but now concerns have been raised for the future of the awards. 

Is this the death of the ARIAs? This year’s music awards ceremony hosted by Delta Goodrem suffered some of the lowest ratings ever seen in the history of the show – drawing in a lousy 287,000 viewers

Last year in comparison, 417,000 viewers watched the ARIAs, which were hosted by Guy Sebastian. 

But over the past decade, the awards show has had a sharp decline in numbers. 

Back in 2008, 1.09million viewers tuned in, and ratings have dwindled ever since.

Comparison: Last year in comparison, 417,000 viewers watched the ARIAs, which was hosted by Guy Sebastian

Comparison: Last year in comparison, 417,000 viewers watched the ARIAs, which was hosted by Guy Sebastian

Decline: But over the past decade, the awards show has had a sharp decline in numbers. Back in 2008, 1.09million viewers tuned in, and ratings have dwindled ever since. Richard is pictured at the ARIAs on Wednesday

Decline: But over the past decade, the awards show has had a sharp decline in numbers. Back in 2008, 1.09million viewers tuned in, and ratings have dwindled ever since. Richard is pictured at the ARIAs on Wednesday

THE RATINGS (five-city metro)

2020: 287,000

2019: 417,000

2018: 500,000

2017: 515,000

2016: 586,000

2015: 461,000

2014: 574,000

2013: 337,000*

2012: 304,000*

2011: 369,000*

2010: 634,000

2009: 708,000

2008: 1.09M   

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The show in 2009 drew in 708,000 viewers, but 2020’s show was one of the lowest rating shows yet. 

Viewers however missed out, with the likes of Sam Smith, Sia and Billie Eilish performing via video link.

Sam’s stunning performance of their song Diamonds impressed viewers at home, with some going as far as to say they were the ‘best part’ of the award ceremony this year. 

One Twitter user commented: ‘@samsmith bringing some soulful & funky grooves to the @ARIA_Official so good!!!! Love ya Sam #Diamonds #ARIAs.’ 

Meanwhile, some of Australia’s most famous females in music paid tribute to the late Helen Reddy at the ARIA Awards.  

Jessica Mauboy lead the group performance of Reddy’s feminist anthem, I Am Woman, which included Amy Shark, Marcia Hines and Tones and I.

They were joined on stage by Kate Ceberano, country music trio The McClymonts and Montaigne.

Completing the onstage group was Christina Anu, The Wiggles’ Emma Watkins and award show host Delta Goodrem. 

Behind the singers was a giant wall that featured a video link featuring other famous Australian female musicians.

Star-studded: Viewers however missed out, with the likes of Sam Smith, Sia and Billie Eilish performing via video link

Star-studded: Viewers however missed out, with the likes of Sam Smith, Sia and Billie Eilish performing via video link

Tribute: Meanwhile, some of Australia's most famous females in music paid tribute to the late Helen Reddy at the ARIA Awards

Tribute: Meanwhile, some of Australia’s most famous females in music paid tribute to the late Helen Reddy at the ARIA Awards

Among those who joined in were Katie Noonan, Dami Im and Missy Higgins.

The ceremony at Sydney’s Star Casino was without a physical audience due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. 

‘I am beyond honoured to be hosting the 2020 ARIA Awards, bringing to people’s homes the music that has meant so much to them this year,’ Delta said.

'I am beyond honoured to be hosting the 2020 ARIA Awards, bringing to people's homes the music that has meant so much to them this year,' Delta said

‘I am beyond honoured to be hosting the 2020 ARIA Awards, bringing to people’s homes the music that has meant so much to them this year,’ Delta said

‘The Australian music industry has had a year unlike any other we have ever faced before, and I am so looking forward to celebrating with you all – albeit remotely, as we come together to recognise and celebrate how talented this industry is to a global audience,’ she added.

Delta is no stranger to the ARIAs, having been nominated 12 times in the past, including for Single of the Year for her 2003 hit Born to Try. 

The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (commonly known as the ARIA Music Awards or ARIA Awards) is an annual awards nights celebrating the Australian music industry, hosted by the Australian Recording Industry Association. 

ARIA Awards 2020 winners  

Best Pop Release

Amy Shark – Everybody Rise

Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You 

Sia – Together

Tame Impala – Lost In Yesterday

Troye Sivan – In A Dream

Best Dance Release

Alice Ivy – Don’t Sleep

Dom Dolla – San Frandisco

Flume Feat. Vera Blue – Rushing Back

Northeast Party House – Shelf Life

Stace Cadet & KLP – Energy

Best Rock Album

Cold Chisel – Blood Moon

DMA’s – The Glow

Ocean Alley – Lonely Diamond 

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush 

Violent Soho – Everything is A-OK 

Best Video**

Baker Boy – Meditjin Feat. Jessb

Guy Sebastian – Standing With You

Lime Cordiale – Robbery

PNAU Feat. Vlossom – Lucky

Sampa The Great – Tim’es Up (Feat. Krown)

Tame Impala – Is It True

The Chats – The Clap

Tones And I – Ur So F**king Cool

Troye Sivan – Easy

Violent Soho – Pick It Up Again

Best Group

5 Second Of Summer – Calm

DMA’s – The Glow

Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush

The Teskey Brothers – Live At The Forum

Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Album

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Chunky Shrapnel

Parkway Drive – Viva The Underdogs

Polaris – The Death Of Me

The Amity Affliction – Everyone Loved You… Once You Leave Them

The Chats – High Risk Behaviour 

Best Jazz Album

Katie Noonan – The Sweetest Taboo

Luke Howard – All That Is Not Solid (Live)

Mike Nock; Hamish Stuart; Julien Wilson; Jonathan Zwartz – This World 

Nat Bartsch – Forever More

Paul Kelly & Paul Grabowsky – Please Leave Your Light On

Best Australian Live Act**

Amy Shark – Amy Shark Regional Tour

Baker Boy – Falls Festival

Cold Chisel – Blood Moon Tour

DMA’s – Unplugged & Intimate | Laneway Festival

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizzard – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 

Paul Kelly – Paul Kelly: Making Gravy 2019

PNAU – All Of Us Australian Tour

Rufus Du Sol – 2019 Summer Festival Tour

Sampa The Great – The Return Australian Tour 2019

The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow

Best Hip Hop Release 

Baker Boy – Meditjin Feat. Jessbr Boy 

Briggs – Always Was EP

Illy – Last laugh

Sampa The Great – The Return

The Kid Laroi – F**K Love

Best Independent Release 

Archie Roach – Tell Me Why

DMA’s – The Glow

Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You 

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen 

Sampa The Great – The Return 

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Archie Roach – Tell Me Why

Donny Benet – Mr Experience

Gordi – Our Two Skins

Josh Pyke – Rome

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen

Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album

Chelsea Cullen – I Am Woman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Dan Golding – Untitled Goose Game (Original Soundtrack)  

Grigoryan Brothers – A Boy Called Sailboat 

Matteo Zingales & Antony Partos – Mystery Road (Original Score: Seasons 1-2)

Sally Seltmann & Darren Seltmann – The Letdown (Music from Seasons 1+2) 

Best Classical Album

Alicia Crossley – Muse

David Greco & Erin Helyard – Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin

Jayson Gillham, Adelaide Symphony orchestra, Nicholas Carter – Beethoven Piano Concertos

Richard Tognetti & Erin Helyard – Beethoven & Mozart Violin Sonatas

Slava & Sharon Grigoryan – Our Place: Duets For Cello And Guitar 

Best World Music Album

Grace Barbe – Fanm: Woman

Joseph Tawadros – Live At The Sydney Opera House

Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Live At The Triffid 

The Crooked Fiddle Band – Another Subtle Atom Bomb

Xylouris White – The Sisypheans

Telstra ARIA Music Teacher of the Year**

CJ Shaw – Palmerston District Primary School, ACT

Kathryn McLennan – Virginia State School, QLD

Sarah Donnelley – Wilcannia Central School, NSW 

Thomas Fienberg – Evans High School, NSW 

Best Country Album

Casey Barnes – Town Of A Million Dreams

Fanny Lumsden – Fallow

Jasmine Rae – Lion Side

The McClymonts – Mayhem To Madness

Travis Collins – Wreck Me 

Best Blues & Roots Album

Busby Marou – The Great Divide

Frank Yamma – Tjukurpa: The Story

Lucky Oceans – Purple Sky (Songs Originally By Hank Williams) 

The Teskey Brothers – Live At The Forum

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife – You Be The Lightning

Best International Artist**

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia & Dua Lipa

Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By 

Halsey – Manic

Harry Styles – Fine Line

Juice World – Legends Never Die

Justin Bieber – Changes

Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You 

Taylor Swift – Folklore

The Weeknd – After Hours

Best Children’s Album

Diver City – Welcome To Diver City

Teeny Tiny Stevies – Thoughtful Songs For Little People 

The Vegetable Plot – Season Two

The Wiggles – Choo Choo Trains, Propeller Planes & Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car!

Tiptoe Giants – Colour The World

Best Comedy Release 

Anne Edmonds – What’s Wrong With You?

Bev Killick – Crummy Mummy

Celia Pacquola – All Talk

Megan Washington – Just Jesus (Feat. Chris Ryan)

Tom Gleeson – Joy

Best Soul / R&B Release 

Genesis Owusu – Don’t Need You

Kian – Every Hour

Miiesha – Nyaaringu

Tash Sultana – Pretty Lady

Tkay Maidza – Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2

Break Through Artist 

Alex The Astronaut – The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing

Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You

Mallrat – Driving Music

Miiesha – Nyaaringu

The Kid Laroi – F**k Love

Engineer Of The Year

Alice Ivy – Alice Ivy: Don’t Sleep

IAMMXO ( AKA Mohamed Komba) –  Miiesha: Nyaaringu

Eric J Dubowsky – Ruel: Free Time

Kevin Parker – Tame Impala: The Slow Rush

Greg Wales – Violent Soho: Everything Is A-OK 

Producer of the Year

Kevin Shirley -Cold Chisel: Blood Moon

DNA & Louis Schoorl – Jessica Mauboy: Hilda

IAMMXO ( AKA Mohamed Komba) – Miiesha: Nyaaringu 

M-Phazes – Ruel: Free Time 

Kevin Parker – Tame Impala: The Slow Rush 

Best Cover Art

Tim Rodgers – Donny Benet: Mr Experience

Made In Katana – Jessica Mauboy: Hilda

Louis Leimbach – Lime Cordiale: 14 Steps To A Better You

Luke Henery – Violent Soho: Everything Is A-OK

Adam Dal Pozzo, Megan Washington and Michelle Pitiris – Washington: Batflowers

Best Female Artist

Amy Shark – Everybody Rise

Miiesha – Nyaaringu 

Sampa The Great – The Return

Sia – Together

Tones And I – Bad Child / Can’t Be Happy All The Time 

Best Male Artist

Archie Roach – Tell Me Why

Guy Sebastian – Standing With You

Ruel – Free Time

The Kid Laroi – F**k Love

Troye Sivan – In A Dream  

Album of the Year    

DMA’s – The Glow

Jessica Mauboy – Hilda 

Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You  

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush

Sampa The Great – The Return

Song of the Year**

5 Seconds Of Summer – Teeth

Flume Feat. Vera Blue – Rushing Back

Hilltop Hoods Feat. Illy & Ecca Vandal – Exit Sign 

Lime Cordiale – Robbery

Mallrat – Charlie

Ruel – Painkiller

Sam Fischer – This City

The Jungle Giants – Heavy Hearted

The Rubens – Live In Life 

Tones And I – Never Seen The Rain 

 ** Public voting available via Google or Aria.com.au

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