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ARIA Awards

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Some of Australia's biggest female artists have spoken out about the lack of women at this year's ARIA Awards.

Apart from the best female artist category, women appeared under-represented in the nominations and awards.

In comparison to male artists and mostly-male bands, the number of Australian individual female nominees could be counted on two hands.

Jessica Mauboy poses with the ARIA for Best Female at the 27th Annual ARIA Awards 2013 at the Star on December 1, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

"It is what it is and what can you do": Jessica Mauboy. Photo: Getty Images

Jessica Mauboy, Justine Clarke, Samantha Jade and Kasey Chambers were the only female winners of the night.

Best female artist Mauboy said she felt disappointed about the lack of women nominees at this year's awards.

"It was a little bit interesting because we have so (many) strong women in this industry and it would be been good to see more of them nominated," she said on the red carpet, ahead of the ceremony.

Mauboy named a number of women she believed should have received more recognition, including Best Video winner Jade and her former Australian Idol colleague - and an absentee at this year's award - Ricki Lee.

"I think that's what I feel (disappointed) inside, but you know I'm not one to talk about it. I'm quiet about it, it is what it is and what can you do."

Singer Clare Bowditch, who missed out on the best adult contemporary album award to Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, said the lack of women at the awards could have an impact on what is written in the history books.

"I think what we know for sure is when we look thirty years, or ten years or twenty years ahead, there's this gap - there are these women who have been making music and for some reason they aren't part of the legacy of Australian music yet, the way I think there will be," she said.

"But I can say because of changes in technology there are a lot more independent thinkers and independent women making music in this day and age."

Bowditch acknowledged that the mix of nominees varied from year to year.

"I think some years there are more male ... but overall there's a very positive trend about women with ideas and great music, making it."

However singer Missy Higgins wasn't concerned about a lack of female representation this year.

"I don't think there is anything to worry about; I think there are incredible female artists out there. I'm not worried. There plenty of talent in this category."

Singer Megan Washington agreed.

"I don't know. Maybe lots of boys just put out records this year and maybe next year more girls will put out records.

"I don't think there's any real sway or leaning one way or the other from within the industry."

A starstruck Mauboy accepted her award from Alicia Keys, stopping to chat to her before heading to the podium.

''Shut the gate, I'm just going to say it. This is so deadly,'' she said onstage.''You're so incredible I can't stop looking at you. Oh man, oh my goodness, Alicia Keys.''

Backstage, Mauboy admitted ''we had a bit of a moment together''. When prompted about what Keys said, Mauboy said, ''her words were 'I love your vibe, I love your energy'''.

''I just knew what she was saying about that. That was magic and I'll never forget that.''

The win marked Mauboy's second ARIA after taking home the award for highest selling single in 2009 with Running Back.

The major difference this time around was she won in a category voted by her peers. ''Certainly peer voted is above and beyond,'' she said.

For the singer, she feels she's in a great place and is just being honest and herself. ''I think if you're more like that these things connect more.''

AAP