The Newsroom attended the ARIA red carpet to give you the inside scoop.
The most popular stars on last night’s ARIA Awards guest list ran down the red carpet without a glance back; One Direction and Katy Perry included along with Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer, Chet Faker, Deltra Goodrem and Jessica Mauboy, while some of Australia’s other biggest stars didn’t even attend the awards despite a welcoming of thousands of screaming fans.
Taking out the award for Best Breakthrough Artist, Iggy Azalea did not turn up looking fancy. Actually she didn’t turn up at all, but had her British collaborator Charli XCX accept the award.
“I’m going to drop it off to her and she’s going to enjoy it,” Charli XCX said.
Proving they’re still the same small town Sydney boys they started off as, 5 Seconds of Summer opened the awards with their hit song She Looks So Perfect, the same song which got them the ARIA for Song Of The Year during their first ARIA Awards.
Sydney pop-punk band Forever Ends Here were happy to be on the ARIAs red carpet for the first time, telling us they’ve been busy writing a lot after their tour with Hands Like Houses but they’ll be back soon. The band agreed they were most excited to try and catch a selfie with Katy Perry on the night.
“I think after a few drinks hopefully the confidence levels rise and we’ll get a bit of a conversation going with her,” drummer of the band, Kane McChesney said.
Winner of The X Factor 2013, Dami Im explained how little time she gets to spend with her husband, Noah, because of her hectic schedule but was very impressed with his good looks on the red carpet.
“He looks nice in his suit and I love showing him off,” the singer said.
Adelaide singer Sia dominated, collecting awards in the categories for Best Pop Release, Best Video, Best Female Artist and Album of the Year. Although the singer didn’t swing from any chandeliers during the night, Matt Okine from the Triple J breakfast show took her place visually along with his partner Alex Dyson dressed as Chet Faker for their red carpet appearance.
Sia has since responded to her no show criticism by announcing a give away of the ARIAs she won last night. “I made four thank you/acceptance videos for the ARIAs. They chose to show one. I’m saddened to be getting shit for being a no-show,” Sia told her fans via Twitter.
Most nominated artist of the night, Chet Faker (with nine nominations) kept clear of all media interviews during his red carpet appearance, and his speeches throughout the night weren’t any better:
“I don’t know what I’m doing man,” and, “What award is this?… Oh best male artist, okay,” were the artist’s famous last words on the stage as he collected awards.
An odd trio of almost-naked promotional models had their bodies painted for advertising purposes by award winning body painter Julie Tattam. However when they were asked what it was all about the only answer we received was: “Just 808. Hashtag it.” This one comment the models repeated over and over left the media wondering what they were there for.
DJ Havana Brown, dressed in a stunning red dress by Australian designers Bec & Bridge, said it was good to be home and nothing beats being nominated for an award in your own country.
“Australia is where my family, my friends are,” the Song of the Year nominee said.
Rock legends Andrew and Tim Farriss from INXS presented the ARIA for Best Album during the night and spoke about a year of huge success for them. The old school, very cool guys were very popular on the red carpet for interviews but gave everyone their time and patience.
“That’s why we’re here, it’s great to be back,” Andrew Farriss said.
And finally the favourites, for the girls anyway. One Direction performed their new single Steal My Girl for the first time before The Veronicas presented the boys with their very own ARIA for Best International Artist. They seemed happy with themselves for winning however it seemed the teenage girls in the audience were happier.
– Brooke McNeil
All photos taken by Brooke McNeil.