ARIA awards 2012
Best Australian Live Act - Gotye. Photo: Edwina Pickles
NOW we know why Taylor Swift was invited to the ARIA Awards; and it wasn't just for the glamour.
Bernard Zuel reports that earlier this week we found out the carefully controlled American singer's management ''don't like surprises''. It turns out that neither does the Australian music industry.
There was nary a bolt from the blue or even mild shock when the major awards, which had moved from the arena at Homebush to the Sydney Entertainment Centre in the city, were presented on Thursday night.
A global phenomenon, our most loved Belgian since Aussie Kim Clijsters, and the only person called Wally to be taken seriously, Gotye (real name Wally de Backer), won pretty much everything for which he was nominated.
For the second year in a row he was named the best male artist and owner of the best pop release (this year for his album, Making Mirrors; last year for the album's worldwide No.1 single, Somebody That I Used To Know). His album was named album of the year and to complete the set, the public voted Gotye the best Australian live act.
Helped in no small part by her co-vocalist role in Somebody That I Used To Know, New Zealander Kimbra (real name Kimbra Johnson) repeated her mildly surprising 2011 win for best female artist, this time for her debut album, Vows.
That win overshadowed a successful return by former two-time best female artist Missy Higgins (real name Melissa Higgins), who was nominated for her album, The Ol' Razzle Dazzle.
Another repeat trip to the dais was made by the Temper Trap, who won best rock album for their self-titled second album. The Temper Trap's win cemented Melbourne as the home of Australian music.
Other winners included the Melbourne rapper 360 (breakthrough artist), the McClymonts (their second best country album), the Wiggles (best children's album), and the Jezabels (best independent release).