This year the ARIA Awards needed to lift their game after poor TV ratings and ticket sales. So they moved the show to Sunday night, held the event at the Sydney Opera House and basically threw a big party—with mixed results. Let’s take a look at the hits and misses from last night:
Hit: Powderfinger opened the show rocking out on the Opera House forecourt. There is no doubt the setting was awesome and was much better than Acer Arena.
Miss: The Opera House forecourt. Yes, the setting is divine, but the whole thing seemed like a big, disjointed party. Not having a formal stage for acceptance speeches made the ceremony feel informal and not very important.
Hit: Sia. Australia’s answer to Bjork. She’s quirky, irreverent and fabulous. And when she accepted her pointy, phallic-shaped ARIA Award, she told her manager David Russell that he could “put it up his bum later.” For more hits and misses, just keep reading. Read more . . .
Miss: The presenters were stuck doing their bit in the crowd, which was distracting. Random punters in the background staring like a deer caught in the headlights, slurping white wine or screaming like idiots isn’t a good look.
Miss: The stilted, forced banter between presenters. Yes, it’s hard to write small talk but the exchanges between Carmen Electra and Darren McMullan and Ricki-Lee Coulter and Eric Stonestreet were just painful to watch. Cringe.
Miss: Rebel Wilson. Why?
Hit: Top Model Kelsey Martinovich. Sure Amanda Ware might be modelling in New York, but Kelsey is carving out a nice little career for herself right here. She did red carpet coverage for MTV and also presented with Ruby Rose and looked adorable doing it.
Hit: Angus Stone and Isabel Lucas making their first public debut as a couple. Angus wore a Kookaburra feather in his hair from a dead bird that he and Isabel had given a proper burial after finding it by the side of the road. As you do.
Miss: Angus and Julia Stoner’s Stone’s acceptance speeches. We want some of what they’re smoking.
Hit: Angus and Julia Stone’s stagemother who is an Olivia Newton-John lookalike. Their mum was managing the hippy trippy duo from the sidelines and insisted that they weren’t nervous performing and was also spotted furiously snapping photos. Bless.
Miss: Jessica Mauboy mis-pronouncing debut as “de-butt.” Seriously?
Hit: The two-hour show was compact with good performances and only 11 awards were given out. Overall, a decent effort but definitely some room for improvement next year.