Aria Music awards 2020: Billie Eilish, Sia and Sam Smith gear up for Australian music's biggest night

Aria Music awards 2020: Billie Eilish, Sia and Sam Smith gear up for Australian music's biggest night

The Australian music industry's night of nights has kicked off!

The ARIA Music Awards of 2020 is the 34th Australian Recording Industry Association Awards, and there are 29 categories set to be won tonight.

Lime Cordiale are up for an impressive eight nominations including Breakthrough Artist and Album of the Year.

Stay with us as we keep you updated on all the wins throughout the ceremony.

This far into the global pandemic we’re pretty used to televised award ceremonies looking a little different.

But for the Australian music industry’s biggest night, this evening’s Aria awards, there’s one silver lining: the ceremony has attracted perhaps its biggest lineup ever, with superstars Billie Eilish, Sia and Sam Smith all performing – pre-recorded – from across closed borders around the world.

Broadcast from 7.30pm on Nine on Wednesday, there will be no industry cocktail event or red carpet welcome with screaming fans jostling for signatures. The ceremony will still take place at the Arias’ regular venues, Sydney Star Casino, but the awards will be presented to an empty room, with most artists accepting their trophies via Zoom.

Only technical crew, a small contingent of performers and host Delta Goodrem will be at The Star.

It will be a strange experience for Lime Cordiale, the Sydney pop-rock duo who are gearing up for their first Arias. The band, made up of brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach, picked up eight nominations this year, the most of any act. The nominations cap off a hugely successful year for the pair, whose second album, 14 Steps To A Better You, hit #1 on the Aria album charts, and saw them play 27 Covid Safe sit-down concerts around the country.The record competes with The Glow by DMAs, Hilda by Jessica Mauboy, The Return by Sampa The Great, and The Slow Rush by Tame Impala for the night’s biggest award, album of the year.

Other artists leading the tally of nominations include Tame Impala (seven for new album The Slow Rush) and Sampa The Great, who was nominated for six.

It’s the second year the Botswana-raised, Melbourne-based rapper has had a big presence at the Arias: last year Sampa became the first woman of colour to win in the hip hop category with her track Final Form. “It’s really bittersweet,” she said in her acceptance speech, which didn’t make it to air. “I really hope I’m not the last … I hope the Australian music industry starts to reflect what our community looks like.”

Angu / Torres Strait Islander women Miisha has received five nominations for her debut album, Narang. She competes with Amy Shark, Sampa the Great, Sia and Tone and I for Best Female Artist. Sydney rock group DMA also filed five nominations, while Queensland group Violent Soho and pop act Ruel collected four each. Ruel competed for Best Male Artist with Archie Roach, Guy Sebastian, The Kid LaRoi and Troye Sivan.

A star-studded broadcast Billie Eilish to headline Aria awards ceremony Read more The ARIA awards usually host performances from one or two international acts, but are restricted to the artists who can make it to – or are already touring – Australia. This year, with geography no issue, we have ourselves a show.

Ten of the performers – including Christine Anu, Tones And I, Jessica Mauboy and Kate Ceberano – will be on stage at The Star; 17 others will join a chorus via Zoom. Along with headline performances from Sia, Eilish and Smith, an ensemble of 27 Australian musicians will perform I Am Woman in a tribute to Helen Reddy who died earlier this year.

Amy Shark and Lime Cordiale will also perform at The Star; Tame Impala, aka multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, will share a pre-recorded performance shot from his home in Perth. Sampa The Great’s set was filmed in Botswana, where she’s living.

Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac will present awards via live stream.