Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett among winners at Australia’s ARIA Awards

Both collected three awards at the ceremony held in Sydney

Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett were among the winners at the ARIA Awards on Thursday (November 26) night. The award ceremony celebrating the Australian recording industry was held in Sydney.

Tame Impala went home with three awards, including Best Group, Album of The Year and Best Rock Album for their third album ‘Currents.’

As reported by The Guardian, when front man Kevin Parker collected the award for Best Rock album, he commented, “Really, what really? That was looking like it was setting up for Courtney Barnett.”


Courtney Barnett later appeared via video link from London, wearing a ‘Choose Love’ T-shirt.

Barnett was the most nominated artist of the night. She went on to win three out of seven nominated awards, picking up Best Female, Best Breakthrough and Best Independent Release for her debut album ‘Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit.’

Elsewhere, Australian singer-songwriter Tina Arena was inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame by Kylie Minogue and Tour de France winner Cadel Evans.

Arena used her acceptance speech to highlight ageism. “I want to still acknowledge that ladies over 40 are still in the game,” she said.

Name-checking Kylie, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Annie Lennox, she added, “Keep doing what you’re doing, ladies, because we will decide when it’s time for us to stop.”

One Direction collected the award for Best International Artist, while Ed Sheeran collected the first ever Diamond Award for album sales of more than half a million.

See the full winners list below:

Album of the year: Tame Impala – Currents
Best adult contemporary album: Oh Mercy – When We Talk About Love
Best blues and roots album: CW Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo
Best children’s album: Sam Moran – Play Along With Sam: BOO!
Best comedy release: Matt Okine – Live at the Enmore Theatre
Best country album: Kernaghan – Spirit Of The Anzacs
Best dance release: Rüfüs – You Were Right
Best female artist: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Best group: Tame Impala – Currents
Best hard rock/heavy metal album: Northlane – Node
Best independent release: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Best male artist: Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away
Best pop release: Jarryd James – Do You Remember
Best rock album: Tame Impala – Currents
Best urban album: Seth Sentry – Strange New Past
Breakthrough artist: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Best Australian live act: 5 Seconds Of Summer – Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour
Best international artist: One Direction – Four
Best video: Matt Sharp & Daniel James for The Veronicas – You Ruin Me
Song of the year: Conrad Sewell – Start Again