Partygoers down under soon forget about the late withdrawal of snake-hipped Latino Ricky Martin...

Kylie Minogue, Madison Avenue and SISTER2SISTER were among the winners at last night’s (October 24) ARIA AWARDS in SYDNEY, after RICKY MARTIN sensationally pulled out of the AUSTRALIAN BRITS just 24 hours before he was due to appear.

The Latin superstar – due to debut in the UK Top 5 this weekend with ‘She Bangs’ – withdrew from the ceremony after being told he would not be allowed to perform at the Awards, but his non-appearance was hardly noticed as the great and the good of Australian congregated to celebrate a bumper year for Australian music – not only domestically but internationally.

Madison Avenue‘s ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’ was voted Record Of The Year, as well as being Highest Selling Australian Single. Madison Avenue were themselves awarded Best New Artist, and Mark Hartley – director of The Avenue’s ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’ and ‘Who The Hell Are You?’ – picked up Best Video.

Meanwhile Kylie Minogue‘s ‘Spinning Around’ was voted best pop release and Sister2Sister‘s single ‘Sister’ picked up Best Independent Release at the lavish ceremony, held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Outstanding Contribution Awards were awarded to Slim Dusty and Tina Arena, while Savage Garden‘s ‘Affirmation’ was recognised as the Highest Selling Australian Album.