Aria Awards: Community News crashes Australian music’s night of nights

Perth's Samantha Jade at the Aria Awards.
Perth's Samantha Jade at the Aria Awards.

TWO of the biggest names in the music world shunned the red carpet and opted for a quiet entrance at this year’s Aria Awards at the Star City Casino in Sydney.

Lorde and Harry Styles, who are up for the Best International Artist Award and this year’s headline acts, chose to skip the media throng and fans and instead snuck inside.

Favourites Gang of Youths, who are nominated for several awards including Music Album of the Year, delighted fans and the media with lead singer David Le’aupepe using the platform to discuss the recent date change to Triple J’s Hottest 100.

The hot topic of discussion was on the mind of most walking the carpet along with the recent ‘yes’ campaign.

Anthony Callea said he was looking forward to having his marriage to husband Tim Campbell recognised in his country of birth.

Perth’s own Samantha Jade, who wore a Pallas Couture sheer beaded gown, said she was working a lot and had recently become involved with The Salvation Army.

“I used to always be a fan of (The Salvos) work and see what they did,” she said.

“To actually get in the trenches with them and do the work is so rewarding and I’ve been focusing on that.”

Jade, attending her fifth Aria Awards, said she was looking forward to coming home for Christmas to spend time with her family.

Pete Murray, who is nominated for the Best Adult Contemporary Album, said he had no doubt his mate Paul Kelly would take out the category.

Pete Murray.

The 16-time nominee joked he must have held the record for the most nominations.

“This is my 16th nomination, with zero wins,” he said.

“I may be the biggest loser the Aria’s have ever seen – it’s all about holding records.”

Newcomer Amy Shark, nominated for six awards including Best Female Artist, said she was excited to perform at the awards she had followed for years.

Amy Shark.

“I never thought I’d ever be here,” she said.

“When I got that call from my manager saying I had six nominations, that was it for me.

“I’m playing at this award ceremony that I have watched my whole life and I’m so happy to be doing that; it’s going to be such a big moment for me.”

The Preatures, who just announced they would be the opening act for Harry Styles’ Australian tour, said they were surprised at their nomination for Best Rock Album.

The Preatures.

“We weren’t expecting to be nominated,” vocalist Isabella Manfredi said.

Manfredi along with bandmate Jack Moffitt recently performed at Perth Fashion Festival’s Wheels and Dollbaby final show with Australian rock and roll band Divinyls, a moment Manfredi said was an absolute honour.

“It meant a lot to us to play those songs that night,” she said.

The Aria Awards kick off at 4.30pm on the Nine Network.

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