As the sleeps countdown to this year’s ARIA Awards reaches single figures, tension is mounting at the prospect of so many performers jostling for position at the ceremony in Sydney next Wednesday. It’s an impressive list put together by the organisers to mark the 30th anniversary of the event, led by Hall of Fame inductees Crowded House and featuring this year’s leading nominee Flume alongside an allAussie cast including Missy Higgins, the Veronicas, Troye Sivan, Bernard Fanning, Vera Blue, Violent Soho, Jessica Mauboy, Illy and Jimmy Barnes — with more still to be announced and Robbie Williams among the presenters. Given the occasion of looking back over the event’s 30 years it’s probably easy to guess which songs some of them will be performing — I’m looking at you, Farnsy — but one wonders if there will be an opportunity for them to join forces at the end of the show for a spirited ensemble reading of an Aussie classic. And what classic could they turn to? Looking back through the history of single of the year/song of the year, it’s a tough call picking a song that would suit Barnsey and Illy and Missy. 5SOS’s She Looks So Perfect maybe? Or Powderfinger’s The Day You Come? Yothu Yindi’s Treaty, song of the year in 1992, would be an obvious good choice but that was done at another awards ceremony a few years back. Maybe everyone will be in too much of a rush to get to the afterparties to worry about a grand singalong at the end. We’ll see.
Jessica Mauboy will be at the ARIA Awards