The 2022 ARIA Awards passed off at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Thursday evening, with Aussie music legend Natalie Imbruglia taking up internet hosting duties this yr.
But it surely was a surprisingly shambolic ceremony – even by ARIAs requirements – with presenters lacking their cues and wandering off stage earlier than their duties are completed, because the present’s two backstage hosts floundered.
Two of the evening’s largest awards had been allotted with proper off the bat, with Tones And I taking house Tune of the 12 months for her hit Cloudy Day, whereas Baker Boy gained Album of the 12 months for his 2021 debut Gela.
Later within the evening, he additionally gained the ultimate award: Solo artist of the yr, a brand new gender-neutral class changing the Greatest Male and Greatest Feminine artist classes.
Amyl and the Sniffers took out the Greatest Group award – they’d beforehand gained the award for Greatest Rock Album within the pre-televised awards.
However the evening appeared poorly produced at instances, with presenters trying like deer within the headlights as they struggled to current awards and fill useless air.
The worst offenders had been backstage hosts Christian Wilkins and Lucinda Froomes, who appeared regularly all through the evening however appeared to do not know what had been occurring on-stage. The pair additionally recurrently flubbed the names of the albums that had been being awarded.
“The very best onerous rock award went to The Chats for F**ok You,” Froomes introduced, letting an uncensored F-bomb slip on channel 9 at round 8:15pm. (Actually, The Chats’ album is named Get F**ed.)
“I’m very excited for the subsequent section, as a result of it’s the one and solely…” she mentioned, earlier than showing to overlook who she was introducing.
“…we are going to see you after the break.”
Throughout the break, these watching puzzled what on earth was happening:
Nonetheless, shout-out to the very animated girl behind them – possibly she will host subsequent yr?
The clangers continued because the duo returned all through the evening to run viewers by means of the awards given within the pre-televised ceremony.
“The Greatest Grownup Modern Grownup album went to Julia Jacklin for Pre-Launch,” Froomes introduced. Not fairly – it’s truly known as Pre-Pleasure.
“Greatest Nation Album went to Casey Barnes for Gentle Up,” mentioned Wilkins. He was at the least a bit nearer – that one’s truly known as Gentle It Up.
Elsewhere, forward of an… interesting musical tribute to the late Aussie icon Olivia Newton-John, ONJ’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi appeared with a specifically recorded message for the ARIAs viewers.
Lattanzi choked again tears as she thanked these in Australia for his or her help since her mom’s demise from most cancers again in August.
“Thanks a lot for doing this stunning tribute to my mum. She was so grateful and so moved by the entire help that she obtained from Australia throughout her most cancers battle… Excuse me,’ Lattanzi mentioned, as she momentarily misplaced her composure.
“I ask that you just proceed to recollect my mum and honouring her by supporting the Olivia Newton John Most cancers Wellness and Analysis Centre in order that my mum’s dream can come true: A world with out most cancers. Please benefit from the evening, stay it up, have enjoyable, benefit from the tribute and revel in life like my mum did.”
The latter a part of the ceremony was then given over to tributes to the Australian musical icons we’ve misplaced over the previous 12 months.
First up was Indigenous singer-songwriter Archie Roach, who died in August aged 66. Budjerah, Jessica Mauboy and Thelma Plum united for a transferring efficiency in tribute to considered one of Australia’s greats.
Then it was time to pay tribute to The Seekers singer Judith Durham, who died in August aged 79, with Casey Donovan and Dami Im each in wonderful voice for 2 of the group’s largest hits.
Then it was time for the much-anticipated ONJ tribute. Natalie Imbruglia began with Hopelessly Devoted To You, earlier than singer Kye delivered only a few bars of Livvie’s disco hit Xanadu.
Then it was on to Tones and I and Peking Duk, who carried out a yodel-heavy, karaoke-style cowl of the Grease traditional You’re The One That I Need to shut the present.
Like nearly every thing tonight, it was greater than a bit chaotic and shambolic. As one viewer tweeted: Olivia deserved higher.
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