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The 26th Annual Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (generally known as ARIA Music Awards or simply The ARIAs) were a series of award ceremonies which included the 2012 ARIA Artisan Awards, ARIA Hall of Fame Awards, ARIA Fine Arts Awards and ARIA Awards. The latter ceremony took place on 29 November at the Sydney Entertainment Centre,[1][2] and was telecast on channel Go! at 7:30pm.[3] The final nominees for ARIA Award categories were announced on 3 October as well as nominees and winners for Fine Arts Awards and Artisan Awards.[1] There was no peer judged "Single of the Year" category this year, although the "Album of the Year" category returned. The Highest Selling Single and Album categories were removed as they were in 2010.[1]

2012 ARIA Music Awards
Date29 November 2012 (2012-11-29)
VenueSydney Entertainment Centre,
Sydney, New South Wales
Television/radio coverage

For the third time in ARIA Awards history, public votes were being used for the categories, "Song of the Year", "Best Australian Live Act" and "Best International Artist"; and for the first time for the category "Best Video", which was moved from the Artisan Awards.[2] The nominees for "Song of the Year" are the ten highest selling Australian single releases during the eligibility period. Sales from different releases by the same artist cannot be aggregated, and artists are only allowed to be nominated once, even if they have more than one song in the top ten. Songs must also have been released as singles during the eligibility period. The nominees for "Best Australian Live Act" were selected by a Judging School specifically formed for the purpose. The nominees for "Best Video" were selected by the ARIA Voting Academy. The nominee pool for the "Best International Artist" was drawn from the artists whose recordings make up the top ten highest selling international releases, based on album and related single sales during the eligibility period.[4]

The ARIA Hall of Fame inducted Yothu Yindi on 29 November at the same ceremony as the ARIA Awards.[5]

Nominees and winnersEdit

ARIA AwardsEdit

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.

Album of the Year Best Group
Best Male Artist Best Female Artist
Breakthrough Artist – Release Best Independent Release
  • 360 – Falling & Flying
    • Alpine – A is for Alpine
    • Lanie Lane – To the Horses
    • Matt Corby – "Brother"
    • San CiscoAwkward
Best Adult Contemporary Album Best Blues & Roots Album
Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album Best Rock Album
Best Urban Album Best Country Album
  • Hilltop Hoods – Drinking from the Sun
    • 360 – Falling & Flying
    • KatalystDeep Impressions
    • The Bamboos – Medicine Man
    • The HerdFuture Shade
Best Children's Album Best Comedy Release
  • Buddy Goode – Unappropriate
    • Anthony Salame – Is This thing On?
    • Arj BarkerJoy Harvest
    • Sammy JSkinny Man, Modern World
    • The BeardsHaving a Beard is the New Not Having a Beard
Best Pop Release Best Dance Release
  • Gotye – Making Mirrors
    • Guy Sebastian featuring Lupe Fiasco – "Battle Scars"
    • Jessica Mauboy – "Gotcha"
    • Kimbra – Vows
    • San Cisco – Awkward
Song of the Year[note 1] Best Video[note 2]
  • Missy Higgins – "Everyone's Waiting" (Director: Natasha Pincus)
    • 360 featuring Gossling – "Boys like You" (Director: Alex Weltlinger)
    • Alpine – "Hands" (Director: Luci Schroder)
    • Hilltop Hoods featuring Sia – "I Love It" (Director: Animal Logic)
    • Jackson Firebird – "Cock Rockin'" (Director: Brent "Quincy" Buchanan and The Grindhouse)
    • Hermitude – "Speak of the Devil" (Director: Emma Tomelty)
    • Kate Miller-Heidke – "I'll Change Your Mind" (Director: Darcy Prendergast and Kate Miller-Heidke)
    • Lanie Lane – "(Oh Well) That's What You Get (Falling in Love with a Cowboy)" (Director: Josh Logue)
    • Bluejuice – "Act Yr Age" (Director: Sam Bennetts)
    • The Rubens – "My Gun" (Director: Josh Logue)
Best Australian Live Act[note 3] Best International Artist[note 4]
Gotye (aka Wally de Backer) was nominated for and won all six awards.
360 was nominated for ten awards and won two.
Missy Higgins was nominated for four awards and won two.
The Temper Trap was nominated for three awards and won two.
Lanie Lane was nominated for five awards.

Fine Arts AwardsEdit

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[2][6][note 5]

Best Classical Album
Best Jazz Album
Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album
Best World Music Album

Artisan AwardsEdit

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[2][6][note 6]

Best Cover Artist
  • Frank de Backer and Wally de BackerGotyeMaking Mirrors
    • Carlo Santone – Gurrumul featuring Sarah BlaskoBayini
    • Christopher Doyle – The Jezabels – Prisoner
    • Debaser – 360 – Falling & Flying
    • Rennie Ellis – Oh Mercy – Deep Heat
Engineer of the Year
Producer of the Year
  • Styalz Fuego360Falling & Flying
    • Chong Lim – Sarah McKenzie – Close Your Eyes
    • Lachlan Mitchell – The Jezabels – Prisoner
    • Lanie Lane – Lanie Lane – To the Horses
    • Virginia Read – Sally Whitwell – The Good, the Bad and the Awkward

ARIA Hall of Fame InducteeEdit



Main showEdit

House DJsEdit

  • Havana Brown (first half of ceremony)[7]
  • Ruby Rose (second half of ceremony)[7]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Public voted category "Most Popular Australian Single" returned and was renamed "Song of the Year".
  2. ^ "Best Video" category was moved to ARIA Awards from Artisan Awards section and was made a public voted category.
  3. ^ Public voted category "Most Popular Australian Live Act" returned and was renamed "Best Australian Live Act".
  4. ^ Public voted category "Most Popular International Artist" returned and was renamed "Best International Artist".
  5. ^ The winners of the Fine Arts Awards were announced on 3 October 2012.
  6. ^ The winners of the Artisan Awards were announced on 3 October 2012.


  1. ^ a b c "Winners & Nominees Announced". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 3 October 2012. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "2012 ARIA Awards Winners By Year". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  3. ^ "2012 ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 7 August 2012. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Public Voting – 26th ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b McCabe, Kathy (26 October 2012). "Yothu Yindi to be inducted into ARIA Hall of Fame". News Limited (News Corporation). Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  6. ^ a b White, Niki; McEwan, Danielle (24 September 2012). "ARIA Announces the Fine Arts and Artisan Nominees for 2012" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  7. ^ a b Slight, Lucy (26 November 2012). "More stars added to the 2012 ARIA line-up!". MTV Australia. Viacom. Retrieved 26 November 2012.

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