Alicia Keys. Lorde. Flume. It was the 2013 ARIA Awards that gathered these music greats (and many more) in the same room last night. Before the official proceedings kicked off at the Events Centre at The Star, the biggest names in Australian music showed off their style on the black carpet, and then Birds of Tokyo got the show started with a performance of their hit “Lanterns.” 22-year-old Harley Streten aka Flume took home his first award of the night for Best Breakthrough Release; he would go on to also win Best Dance Release and Best Male Artist, and the humble producer noted that he was the first non-singing musician to win the latter award. Shortly after, a surprised Guy Sebastian was awarded his first ever ARIA for Best Pop Release, which he said he had waited a long time for.
Throughout the night, DJs such as Alison Wonderland, The Stafford Brothers and The Faders kept guests entertained with sets in between presenters and performers. The most hyped performers of the night were international guest Alicia Keys and 17-year-old Kiwi sensation Ella Yellich O’Connor aka Lorde, who treated the crowd to “Team” in her first televised Australian performance, but the stage also lit up with performances by Bliss n Eso, Vance Joy, Flume, and two of the night’s other big winners, Tame Impala and Jessica Mauboy.
Alicia Keys returned to the stage towards the end of the night to present the Best Female Artist ARIA to Jessica Mauboy, who was thrilled to receive her award from the Grammy winner, and even sang a bit of a tribute to her. Jessica said her win was about “creating pathways,” not only for other indigenous Australian musicians but for everyone. The show wrapped up with the announcement that Tame Impala’s Lonerism had won Album of the Year, and the boys thanked their friends and girlfriends for loving them and sticking around, even though they were away for most of the year.
Click through to see more shots from the ARIAs show and press room. You can listen to all the performances from the night on Rdio.