Our picks for the awards
MELBOURNE rapper 360 has blitzed the 2012 ARIA award nominations. Sixty has six nominations emanating from his second album Falling & Flying. Homegrown international chart hog Gotye has five nominations, as do Sydney’s The Jezabels. Hilltop Hoods and Lanie Lane both got four ARIA nominations; Missy Higgins scored three. Here’s our form guide:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
360 Falling & Flying Gotye Making Mirrors Missy Higgins The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle The Jezabels Prisoner The Temper Trap The Temper Trap
Prediction: It’s a great nod for young guns The Jezabels on their debut album, and The Temper Trap and 360 both on their second. This is likely to be a race between Missy and Gotye. Making Mirrors cruelly missed being eligible for last year’s ARIA awards by just 24 hours. It has continued to sell strongly globally since then, so this award would be a nice reminder that there’s more to Wally de Backer ( Gotye) than that one song. The Missy album is a critic’s favourite though.
BEST MALE ARTIST
360 Angus Stone Gotye Guy Sebastian Keith Urban Matt Corby Prediction: Would love Guy to win this ( for overdue industry vindication reasons), but Battle Scars ( which he’s nominated on in this category) was only freshly released when voting took place. It’s been a big year for Keith Urban, Matt Corby has shaken the Idol albatross and Angus Stone has stepped out of his sister’s shadow. Unless the Gotye backlash has kicked in when we weren’t watching you’d surely back him. He’s certainly been our busiest male artist this year.
BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Jessica Mauboy Kimbra Lanie Lane Missy Higgins Washington
Prediction: Jessica Mauboy falls in the ‘‘ happy to be nominated’’ category this is just for soundtrack single Gotcha. Kiwi Kimbra falls in the ‘‘ honorary Aussie’’ category. Washington’s Insomnia album was more a brain purge than an ARIA- winning album, so if Kimbra doesn’t pinch it, it should come down to Lanie or Missy. Either would be worthy, but Missy has the ARIA form and it’d be a feel- good, full- circle story after quitting music three years ago.
Boy & Bear Cold Chisel Hilltop Hoods The Jezabels The Temper Trap
Prediction: CHISELLLLLLLLLLL! Boy & Bear had their fun last year, and The Temper Trap haven’t done a lot of touring. You get the feeling the romantic notion of Cold Chisel winning an ARIA award for best group in 2012 could push them over the line.
360 Falling & Flying Alpine A Is For Alpine Lanie Lane To the Horses Matt Corby Brother San Cisco Awkward
Prediction: Always odd when a category mixes albums and singles. Anyone is a worthy winner here, but this might be the one where Sixty gets green- lighted for belated breakthrough artist.
BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE
Dappled Cities Lake Air Katie Noonan & Karin Schaupp Songs Of The Southern Skies San Cisco Awkward The Bamboos Medicine Man The Jezabels Prisoner
Prediction: Some of these releases were very close to the voting period – never sure if that’s a good or bad thing. So let’s go with the biggest seller of the bunch, The Jezabels’ debut. They also proudly fly the independent flag, politely declining offers from major labels they didn’t need.
BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY RELEASE
Darren Hayes Secret Codes & Battleships Husky Forever So Josh Pyke Only Sparrows Katie Noonan & Karin Schaupp Songs Of The Southern Skies Missy Higgins The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle
Prediction: The backhanded compliment category. The name automatically suggests you’re rubbing shoulders with Andre Rieu and getting heavy rotation on light radio. But there’s no arguing that Australian bands are in an easy- listening phase at the moment. Would love to see Darren Hayes win his first ARIA since Savage Garden, but have a feeling the harmonious Husky might pick up this one.
BEST POP RELEASE
Gotye Making Mirrors Guy Sebastian Battle Scars Jessica Mauboy Gotcha Kimbra Vows San Cisco Awkward
Prediction: The now public- voted Song of the Year is very Twitter demographic-friendly ( Justice Crew, Reece Mastin etc). Making Mirrors doesn’t exactly scream pop; Battle Scars should win, but again the voting was potentially a little too early to suit him. This could be Kimbra’s category. Vows boasts some clever pop that has been internationally validated. We Aussies tend to like that.
BEST ROCK ALBUM
Children Collide Monument Cold Chisel No Plans Oh Mercy Deep Heat The Jezabels Prisoner
The Temper Trap The Temper Trap
Prediction: Another strong field. Would like to see The Temper Trap pick this up, but it’s not the year’s most rockin’ release. The Jezabels at a push. Children Collide as a roughy. 2012 ARIA AWARDS, November 29, Sydney Entertainment Centre. $ 49.95, tickets from Ticketmaster
TALENT: Ricki- Lee Coulter and rapper 360 at this year’s ARIAs; Missy Higgins ( inset).
NOMINEES: Lanie Lee and Gotye ( inset).