Gabriella Cilmi wins big at AIRA Awards

Singer takes home six gongs at Sydney ceremony

Pop songstress Gabriella Cilmi swept the board at this year’s Australian Recording Industry Association Awards in Sydney, taking home six gongs last night (October 19).

The 17 year-old won Single Of The Year, Highest Selling Single and Breakthrough Artist: Single for her UK Top Ten single ‘Sweet About Me’ and Breakthrough Artist: Album and Best Pop Release for her debut record ‘Lessons To Be Learned’.

She also beat Kylie Minogue to the title of Best Female Artist.

Electro-duo The Presets were also big winners on the night, taking the ARIA for Album Of The Year and Best Dance Release – which also included Cut Copy in the nominations – for their album ‘Apocalypso’, as well as Best Group.

It was a disappointing night for singer Sam Sparro, however, with not a single win from his five nominations – including the title of Best Male Artist, which instead went to Nick Cave.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Album of the Year – The Presets, ‘Apocalypso’

Single of the Year – Gabriella Cilmi, ‘Sweet About Me’

Best Group – The Presets, ‘Apocalypso’

Best Male Artist – Nick Cave

Best Female Artist – Gabriella Cilmi

Breakthrough Artist: Single – Gabriella Cilmi, ‘Sweet About Me’

Breakthrough Artist: Album – Gabriella Cilmi, ‘Lessons To Be Learned’

Highest Selling Single – Gabriella Cilmi, ‘Sweet About Me’

Highest Selling Album – Delta Goodrem, ‘Delta’

Best Pop Release – Gabriella Cilmi, ‘Lessons To Be Learned’

Best Rock Album – The Living End, ‘White Noise’

Best Dance Release – The Presets, ‘Apocalypso’

Best Adult Contemporary Album – The Panics, ‘Cruel Guards’

Best Urban Album – Bliss ‘n Eso, ‘Flying Colours’

Best Blues and Roots Album – The Audreys, ‘When The Flood Comes’

Best Country Album – Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, ‘Rattlin’ Bones’

Best Children’s Album – The Wiggles, ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’

Best Independent Release – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, ‘Gurrumul’

Best Music DVD – Powderfinger/Silverchair, ‘Across the Great Divide’

Best Comedy Release – Shaun Micallef, ‘The Expurgated Micallef Tonight’

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