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ARIA Award nominees revealed

Australian singer Jessica Mauboy has multiple ARIA Award nominations.
Australian singer Jessica Mauboy has multiple ARIA Award nominations. Brett Costello

FOR seven years running, pop princess Jessica Mauboy has bravely shown up for the crazy industry circus that is the ARIA Awards nominations.

Out of the leading contenders for the 2017 awards, she was the only major nominee in town to celebrate her six nominations, including Best Female Artist and three to be determined by public vote Song Of The Year, Best Live Act and Video.

Everyone else was either touring or decided not to set their alarm for the nominations event which is held at the brutally un-rock'n'roll hour of 9.30am at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Top of the nominations leaderboard for this year are London-based indie rockers Gang Of Youths, whose acclaimed second album Go Farther Into Lightness has scored nods in eight categories.

They already have one of the dangerously pointed trophies going straight to the pool room, having being named Producer of the Year for their Springsteen-channelling record at the annual ARIA Awards nominations event in Sydney on Tuesday.

London-based Gang Of Youths lead the 2017 nominations.
London-based Gang Of Youths lead the 2017 nominations.

Paul Kelly, who is currently touring Europe, also added two awards - Engineer of the Year and Best Cover Art for his first-ever No. 1 album Life Is Fine.

Ir received seven nominations in total, including Album of the Year and Best Male Artist.

And Kelly also has two albums contending different categories this year with Life Is Fine up for Best Adult Contemporary record while his Death's Dateless Night collaboration with Charlie Owen will battle it out for the Best Blues & Roots Album.

Life is indeed fine for Paul Kelly who has seven nods in the honour roll.
Life is indeed fine for Paul Kelly who has seven nods in the honour roll.

The incendiary indigenous hip hop duo A.B. Original, whose breakthrough single January 26 provoked a national debate about switching the date of Australia Day, were also celebrated by their industry peers in the nominations voting.

The revered pair of rapper Briggs and producer Trials scored six nominations for their debut album reclaim Australia including Album of the Year and Best Group.

Illy, who shifted his hip hop into the pop arena with the chart-topping single Papercuts, featuring Vera Blue, has also been nominated in six categories including Album of The Year and Best Male Artist.

One of the most exciting new talents to emerge on the Australian airwaves this year was Amy Shark and she tours America with Vance Joy, her peers rewarded her with six ARIA nods including Album of the Year and Best Female Artist.

Mauboy isn't the only artist to be nominated for a seventh year running.

Guy Sebastian is also on the honour roll for 2017 with his single Set In Stone to be considered by fans in their votes for the Apple Song Of The Year.

Guy Sebastian is up for Apple Song of the Year.
Guy Sebastian is up for Apple Song of the Year.

The Wiggles have been nominated every single year in this millennium, winning Best Children's Award a phenomenal 10 times just in that period alone.

But they face some friendly competition from one of the best mates for the 2017 gong. Not only does Jimmy Barnes feature on their Duets album which is nominated this year but his collaboration with the king of the kids on the Och Aye the G'Nu! is also up for the award.

After wide debate within the Australian music industry about gender equality at festivals and on the airwaves this year, there is a strong contingent of female artists represented in the 2017 honour roll.

And not just in Female Artist of the Year, of course.

While only one female artist, the indie pop singer songwriter Amy Shark made the Album of the Year cut, women outnumber their male peers in Breakthrough Artist and Best Pop Release.

The awesome singer songwriter Amy Shark is also up for six gongs.
The awesome singer songwriter Amy Shark is also up for six gongs. Contributed

The late John Clarke was posthumously recognised for his unique and enduring contribution to Australia's cultural landscape at the nominations event with the Best Comedy Release for his Clarke's Classics collection.

The most prolific recording artists in Australia, the defiantly independent psychedelic rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard not only scored a nomination in Best Hard Rock Album (Murder of the Universe) but Best Jazz Album (Sketches Of Brunswick East).

The 2017 ARIA Awards will be held at The Star on November 28 with organisers now courting international acts including Harry Styles to walk the red carpet and present a couple of awards.

You can vote for the public awards via ariaawards.com.au

And the nominees are....

Apple Album Of The Year

A.B. Original, Reclaim Australia

Amy Shark, Night Thinker

Gang Of Youths, Go Farther In Lightness

Illy, Two Degrees

Paul Kelly, Life Is Fine

Best Male Artist

D.D Dumbo, Utopia Defeated

Dan Sultan, Killer

Illy, Two Degrees

Paul Kelly, Life Is Fine

Vance Joy, Lay It On Me

Best Female Artist

Amy Shark, Night Thinker

Jessica Mauboy, The Secret Daughter

Julia Jacklin, Don't Let The Kids Win

Meg Mac, Low Blows

Sia, The Greatest feat. Kendrick Lamar

Best Dance Release

Dom Dolla & Torren Foot, Be Randy

Jagwar Ma, Every Now & Then

Peking Duk, Stranger (feat. Elliphant)

Pnau, Chameleon

The Kite String Tangle, The Kite String Tangle

Best Group

A.B. Original, Reclaim Australia

Gang Of Youths, Go Farther In Lightness

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree

Peking Duk, Stranger (feat. Elliphant)

Breakthrough Artist

A.B. Original, Reclaim Australia

Amy Shark, Night Thinker

Dean Lewis, Waves

Tash Sultana, Notion

Tkay Maidza, TKAY

Best Pop Release

Amy Shark, Night Thinker

Dean Lewis, Waves

Jessica Mauboy, Fallin

Sia, The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Vera Blue, Perennial

Best Urban Album

A.B. Original, Reclaim Australia

Illy, Two Degrees

REMI, Divas & Demons

Thundamentals, Everyone We Know

Tkay Maidza, TKAY

Best Independent Release

A.B. Original, Reclaim Australia

Dan Sultan, Killer

Sia, The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Tash Sultana, Notion

Vance Joy, Lay It On Me

Best Rock Album

Dan Sultan, Killer

Dune Rats, The Kids Will Know It's Bullshit

Gang Of Youths, Go Farther In Lightness

Polish Club, Alrighty Alrighty

The Preatures, Girlhood

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Bernard Fanning, Brutal Dawn

D.D Dumbo, Utopia Defeated

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree

Paul Kelly, Life Is Fine

Pete Murray, Camacho

Best Country Album

Kasey Chambers, Dragonfly

Lee Kernaghan, The 25th Anniversary Album

O'Shea, 61-615

Shane Nicholson, Love And Blood

The McClymonts, Endless

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

Airbourne, Breaking Outta Hell

Frenzal Rhomb, Hi-Vis High Tea

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Murder Of The Universe

Northlane, Mesmer

Sleepmakeswaves, Made of Breath Only

Best Blues & Roots Album

All Our Exes Live In Texas, When We Fall

Archie Roach, Let Love Rule

Busby Marou, Postcards From The Shell House

Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, Death's Dateless Night

Tash Sultana, Notion

Best Children's Album

Jimmy Barnes, Och Aye the G'Nu!

Lah-Lah, Having Fun!

Peter Combe, Live It Up

The Idea of North, Lior & Elena Kats-Chernin, A Piece of Quiet [The Hush Collection, Vol 16]

The Wiggles, The Wiggles Duets

PUBLIC VOTED AWARDS

Best Video

Amy Shark, Drive You Mad

Bliss N Eso, Moments (feat. Gavin James)

Client Liaison, A Foreign Affair

Client Liaison, Off White Limousine

Dean Lewis for Waves

Gang Of Youths, The Deepest Signs, the Frankest Shadows

Illy, You Say When (feat. Marko Penn)

Jessica Mauboy, Fallin

Kirin J Callinan, S.A. D

Sia, The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Best Australian Live Act

Client Liaison

Flume

Gang Of Youths

Illy

Jessica Mauboy

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Peking Duk

Tash Sultana

Violent Soho

Apple Music Song Of The Year

Amy Shark, Adore

Bliss N Eso, Moments (feat. Gavin James)

Dean Lewis, Waves

Guy Sebastian, Set In Stone

Illy, Catch 22 (feat. Anne-Marie)

Jessica Mauboy, Fallin

Peking Duk, Stranger (feat. Elliphant)

Pnau, Chameleon

Sia, The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Starley, Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)

Best International Artist

Adele, 25

Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

Ed Sheeran, ÷ and Loose Change

Harry Styles, Harry Styles

Kendrick Lamar, DAMN and Untitled Unmastered

Lorde, Melodrama

Metallica, Hardwired ... To Self-Destruct

Shawn Mendes, Illuminate

The Rolling Stones, Blue & Lonesome

The Weeknd, Starboy

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