ARIAS

Our picks for the awards

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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.

BEST GROUP

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.

BREAK­THROUGH ARTIST

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).

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