The Avalanches are in the running for five awards, including Album Of The Year, Best Group and Best Pop Release with their latest album, We Will Always Love You. Urban is in contention for Best Artist and for Album of The Year with The Speed Of Now (Part 1). Crowded House, meanwhile, have been nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Album with their latest release, Dreamers Are Waiting.
Elsewhere, the singer/songwriter Amy Shark and the hip-hop artist Genesis Owusu have dominated the list of nominees for the 2021 ARIA awards, with both attracting six nominations across as many categories.
Revealed on Wednesday, the eight-time ARIA-award winner Shark is up for album of the year for Cry Forever, featuring the single “Love Songs Ain’t For Us” (featuring Keith Urban), which is nominated in the publicly voted categories of song of the year and best video. She is also nominated for best artist, best pop release and best Australian live act for her Cry Forever Tour 2021.
Owusu is also nominated for best artist and best album of the year for his debut album Smiling With No Teeth, which is also up for best cover art. He is also in the running for the best independent release, best hip-hop release and best Australian live act for his Smiling With No Teeth album tour.
The emerging 19-year-old Indigenous artist Budjerah has attracted five nominations, including the Michael Gudinski breakthrough artist award. He is also nominated for best artist, best soul/R&B release for his self-titled EP, best video for Higher and best Australian live act for his 2021 Budjerah tour. Other up and coming artists nominated are Gretta Ray in the Breakthrough Artist category and Middle Kids, whose Today We’re The Greatest has been nominated in the Best Rock Album category.
The rock veterans AC/DC and Midnight Oil have also been nominated in five categories, along with Masked Wolf, Tones And I, Vance Joy and the Avalanches.
The international hip-hop sensation the Kid Laroi is nominated in four categories including best pop release for his collaboration with Justin Bieber, Stay. Bieber is also among the nominees for most popular international artist, a field that includes Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and Taylor Swift.
The winner in this category will be decided via social media. Voters can go to the following Twitter hashtags to cast their ballot: #ARIAsArianaGrande #ARIAsDojaCat #ARIAsJustinBieber #ARIAsKanyeWest #ARIAsLukeCombs #ARIAsMachineGunKelly #ARIAsMileyCyrus #ARIAsOliviaRodrigo #ARIAsPopSmoke #ARIAsTaylorSwift.
All 2021 ARIA Award winners will be announced in Sydney on 24 November 2021, and broadcast internationally on YouTube.