Paul Kelly & Gang of Youths lead 2017 ARIA Award nominations

Aaaand the countdown to the 2017 ARIA Awards is officially on, with not only the full list of nominees announced in Sydney today, but also the winners of the Fine Arts, Artisan and Comedy categories revealed too.

Statistically speaking, 2017 is Paul Kelly and Gang of Youths‘ year, with both artists striking out against the pack with Kelly receiving seven nominations for his new album Life is Fine, and Sydney’s Gang of Youths dominating with eight nods for their sophomore release Go Farther in Lightness.

The ARIAs, to be held at Sydney’s Star Event Centre on November 28th this year (broadcast at their new home on the Nine Network), have also seen the likes of Tkay MaidzaClient LiaisonA.B. Original and Amy Shark emerge as recognised nominees, while ARIA favourites IllyJessica Mauboy and Sia have also lodged spots in today’s list as well.

Check out the full list of nominations below and tune in next month!

ARIA FINE ARTS, ARTISAN & COMEDY RELEASE – WINNERS

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Gang of Youths & Adrian Breakspear
Gang of Youths’ Go Farther in Lightness

ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Steven Schram
Paul Kelly’s Life Is Fine

BEST COVER ART
Peter Salmon-Lomas
Paul Kelly’s Life Is Fine

BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM
Slava Grigoriyan
Bach: Cello Suites Volume I 

BEST JAZZ ALBUM
James Morrison, BBC Concert Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, Harry Morrison & William Morrison
The Great American Songbook

BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK or MUSICAL THEATRE CAST ALBUM
Nigel Westlake & Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Joseph Tawadros, Slava Grigoriyan & Lior
Ali’s Wedding

BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM
Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Songs of the Latin Skies

BEST COMEDY RELEASE
John Clarke
Clarke’s Classics

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINATIONS

APPLE MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A.B OriginalReclaim Australia
Amy SharkNight Thinker
Gang of Youths Go Farther in Lightness
Illy Two Degrees
Paul Kelly 
Life is Fine

BEST MALE ARTIST

D.D Dumbo Utopia Defeated
Dan Sultan | Killer
Illy | Two Degrees
Paul Kelly | Life is Fine
Vance Joy | Lay It On Me

BEST FEMALE ARTIST

Amy Shark | Night Thinker
Jessica Mauboy | The Secret Daughter (Songs from the Original TV Series
Julia Jacklin | Don’t Let the Kids Win
Meg Mac | Low Blows
Sia | The Greatest ft. Kendrick Lamar

BEST DANCE RELEASE

Dom Dolla & Torren Foot | Be Randy
Jagwar Ma | Every Now & Then
Peking Duk | Stranger ft. Elliphant
Pnau | Chameleon
The Kite String Tangle | The Kite String Tangle

BEST GROUP

A.B Original | Reclaim Australia
Gang Of Youths | Go Farther In Lightness
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard | Flying Micotonal Banana
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Skeleton Tree
Peking Duk | Stranger ft. Elliphant

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

A.B Original | Reclaim Australia
Amy Shark | Night Thinker
Dean Lewis | Waves
Tash Sultana | Notion
Tkay Maidza | TKAY

BEST POP RELEASE

Amy Shark | Night Thinker
Dean Lewis | Waves
Jessica Mauboy | Fallin
Sia The Greatest ft. Kendrick Lamar
Vera Blue Perennial

BEST URBAN RELEASE

A.B Original | Reclaim Australia
Illy | Two Degrees
REMI | Divas & Demons
Thundamentals | Everyone We Know
Tkay Maidza | TKAY

BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE

A.B Original | Reclaim Australia
Dan Sultan | Killer
Sia | The Greatest ft. Kendrick Lamar
Tash Sultana Notion
Vance Joy | Lay It On Me

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Dan Sultan | Killer
Dune Rats | The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit
Gang Of Youths | Go Farther In Lightness
Polish Club | Alrighty Alrighty
The Preatures | Girlhood

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Bernard Fanning | Brutal Dawn
D.D Dumbo | Utopia Defeated
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Skeleton Tree
Paul Kelly Life Is Fine
Pete Murray | Camacho

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

Kasey Chambers | Dragonfly
Lee Kernaghan | The 25th Anniversary Album
O’Shea | 61-615
Shane Nicholson | Love And Blood
The McClymonts | Endless

BEST HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL ALBUM

Airbourne Breaking Outta Hell
Frenzal Rhomb | Hi-Vis High Tea
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard | Murder Of The Universe
Northlane | Mesmer
Sleepmakeswaves | Made of Breath Only

BEST BLUES & ROOTS ALBUM

All Our Exes Live In Texas | When We Fall
Archie Roach | Let Love Rule
Busby Marou | Postcards From The Shell House
Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen | Death’s Dateless Night
Tash Sultana | Notion

BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM

Jimmy Barnes | Och Aye the G’Nu!
Lah-Lah | Having Fun!
Peter Combe | Live It Up
The Idea of North, Lior & Elena Kats-Chernin |  A Piece of Quiet [The Hush Collection, Vol 16]
The Wiggles | The Wiggles Duets

PUBLIC VOTED AWARDS

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BEST VIDEO

Amy Shark | Drive You Mad
Bliss N Eso | Moments ft. Gavin James
Client Liaison | A Foreign Affair
Client Liaison | Off White Limousine
Dean Lewis | Waves 
Gang Of Youths | The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows
Illy | You Say When ft. Marko Penn
Jessica Mauboy Fallin’
Kirin J Callinan | S.A.D
Sia | The Greatest ft. Kendrick Lamar

BEST AUSTRALIAN LIVE ACT

Client Liaison
Flume
Gang Of Youths
Illy
Jessica Mauboy
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Peking Duk
Tash Sultana
Violent Soho

APPLE MUSIC SONG OF THE YEAR

Amy Shark Adore
Bliss N Eso | Moments ft. Gavin James
Dean Lewis | Waves
Guy Sebastian | Set In Stone
Illy | Catch 22 ft. Anne-Marie
Jessica Mauboy | Fallin’ 
Peking Duk | Stranger ft. Elliphant
Pnau | Chameleon
Sia | The Greatest ft. Kendrick Lamar
Starley | Call on Me (Ryan Riback Remix)

BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST

Adele 25
Bruno Mars | 24K Magic
Ed Sheeran |  ÷ and Loose Change
Harry Styles | Harry Styles
Kendrick Lamar DAMN and Untitled Unmastered
Lorde | Melodrama
Metallica | Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Shawn Mendes | Illuminate
The Rolling Stones | Blue & Lonesome
The Weeknd | Starboy

MUSIC TEACHER OF THE YEAR
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Julie Layt (Cresent Lagoon State School, Rockhampton QLD 4700)
Stephen Mcewan (Bellarine Secondary College, Drysdale VIC 3200)
Renee McCarthy (Woodcroft College, Morphett Vale SA 5162)
Alex Manton (Asquith Girls High School, Asquith NSW 2077)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL SERVICE

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