2012 ARIA Awards: What Music is Hot in Australia Now?

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2012 ARIA AwardsTonight, the top players in Australia’s current music scene will be recognized for their achievements. The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards – 2012 ARIA Awards – similar to the MTV Music Awards, the American Music Awards, or BRIT Awards—will honor those in the Australian music industry that are making an impact on popular culture. Awards will be announced Thursday, November 29th.

Here’s a rundown of some of the nominees that you may want to get to know a little better:

360

Melbourne rapper 360 has six nominations all together. He’s in the running for Album of the Year, Best Urban Album, Best Australian Live Act, Breakthrough Artist, Best Male Artist, and Song of the Year (for a collaboration he did with Gossling.

Gotye

2012 ARIA AwardsThis is no surprise to any of us here in the U.S. The Belgium-born artist, Gotye (real name is Wouter “Wally” De Backer), has been EVERYWHERE… ad nauseam. His major hit, Somebody That I Used To Know (featuring Kimbra, a New Zealand artist), is a super catchy tune, but dang! Gotye is nominated for Album of the Year, Best Pop Release, Best Male Artist, and Best Australian Live Act.

Side note: Wally’s brother, Frank De Backer, is receiving props too, and is nominated for Best Cover Art in regard to Gotye’s Making Mirrors album cover (to which I say, really?).

The Jezabels

This four-piece musical group from Sydney is nominated for Best Australian Live Act, Best Group, Best Independent Release, Best Rock Album, and Album of the Year. Wowie! The designer responsible for the cover of their album, Prisoner, will be competing against Making Mirrors, as it too is up for Best Cover Art.

Hilltop Hoods

Australian hip hop group, Hilltop Hoods, is already an ARIA Award winner. This year, they’re at it again up for Best Australian Live Act, Best Group, Best Urban Album, and Song of the Year (I Love It featuring Sia, yet another Aussie singer-songwriter).

2012 ARIA AwardsLanie Lane

Being recognized for her blues-jazz-rockabilly style is Lanie Lane, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter hailing from Sydney, Australia. The video for her hipster/nostalgic sounding track, Oh Well, That’s What You Get Falling in Love with a Cowboy, along with its director, Josh Logue, is nominated for Best Video.

The artists mentioned above are merely a fraction of talented folks that will shine tonight. To see the full list of nominees and some already announced winners, visit the 26th Annual ARIA Awards website.

Curious about the artists, albums, and tracks mentioned above? Find AAG Work Experience Australia on Last.fm to see what we’ve been listening to.

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