All the Best Moments of the 2023 ARIA Awards
The 2023 ARIA Awards are done and dusted. The shining stars of the Australian music industry gathered at Sydney’s iconic Hordern Pavilion for the 37th annual ARIA Awards, and as expected, it was a night to remember. If you happened to miss the show, though, never fear! We’re here to give you a round up of all the ARIA Awards biggest moments.
Hosting the show was “Today” presenter Brooke Boney and comedian Tommy Little, and performers like Troye Sivan, Baker Boy and the one and only Dolly Parton were just some of the stars who graced the stage as presenters.
Meanwhile, iconic Aussie band Jet were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, just in time for the 20th anniversary of their 2003 album “Get Born”. The group closed out the show with a medley of their best hits, including their very first single, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”.
But Jet weren’t the only artists to wow the crowd (and the audience at home). Artists like G Flip, Budjerah, Peach PRC and Jessica Mauboy all delivered show-stopping performances of their hit songs.
Here are just some of the best moments from the 2023 ARIA Awards.
G Flip Opening the Show
G Flip opened the show with a banging medley of their hit songs “Good Enough” and “The Worst Person Alive”. The artist’s wife, “Selling Sunset” star Chrishell Stause, grinned and cheered them on from the audience, and anyone watching could feel the love.
Even better, G then took home the first award of the evening, Best Video for their song “Good Enough”, and later in the night, nabbed an award for Best Australian Live Act.
Forest Claudette Wins Best Soul / R&B Release
Forest Claudette, AKA Australia’s answer to Frank Ocean, took home the ARIA for Best Soul / R&B Release for “Mess Around (ft. EARTHGANG)”.
The artist delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech, in which they discussed the importance of soul and R&B music, noting that this is the first time the category has been included in the ARIA Award broadcast. Even better, it’s Forest Claudette’s first ARIA win, making the moment even more special. They dedicated the award to their late grandmother, who passed away earlier this year.
Later in the show, Forest also picked up an award for Best Cover Art.
Kylie Minogue Wins Best Pop Release
Was there ever any doubt? “Padam Padam” has taken the world by storm this year, and the ARIAs have shown Australia’s pop princess some love for the effort.
Notably, this is Kylie’s first ARIA win in over 21 years. Back in 2002, she picked up five awards including Single of the Year for “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and Album of the Year for “Fever”.
While Kylie wasn’t in attendance, she did send a heartfelt video acceptance speech, which began with, “Padam to you”. And to you, Kylie!
Dolly Parton Presents Best Country Album
Dolly Parton is an icon and a living legend, so she’s going in the round up of ARIA Awards biggest moments of 2023. Was she there in attendance? No. Does it matter? Also no! Again, she’s an ICON!!!
Genesis Owusu Wins Big
With a whopping seven nominations for his latest album “STRUGGLER”, it was always going to be a big night for Genesis Owusu. The hip-hop sensation picked up awards for Best Independent Release, Best Hip-Hop / Rap Release, and at the end of the evening, Album of the Year.
While Genesis wasn’t in attendance, he did deliver his heartfelt acceptance speeches live via video. Visibly overwhelmed, the artist began his Album of the Year acceptance speech with a simple, “Um, yeah, damn”.
Describing his winning album as “very weird, very strange”, Genesis said that he wanted to make an album about humanity and the “strength of community”.
In the final moments of his speech, Genesis turned his attention to the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza.
“Ceasefire now, ceasefire now, ceasefire now, free Palestine,” he finished.
Troye Sivan Wins Song of the Year
One thing about us, we know that Troye Sivan loves his fans (and we love that for them, and for us, as fans!). Unsurprisingly, his fans love him back! In fact, they love him so much that they voted him the winner of Song of the Year for his hit single, “Rush”.
In his speech, Troye thanked his team, loved ones, and family. He even promised to make his newly-born nephew a “nepo nephew” if he grows up to have an interest in pursuing music.
“Shout out to the fans, I f**kin’ love you!” he finished. We love you too!
The wins weren’t over for Troye, though! Shortly thereafter, he also picked up a win for Artist of the Year.
Jet Performs a Medley of Their Iconic Hits
There are few Aussie songs that will get a crowd hyped up as fast as the opening bars of Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”, and for good reason. It’s an unimpeachable banger!
2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the iconic rock band’s debut album, “Get Born”. Tonight, Jet was welcomed with open arms into the ARIA Awards Hall of Fame.
In a sincere acceptance speech, thanked their family, loved ones, and fans for all the support over the years. At the end of the night, they closed out the show with a medley of their biggest hits, including “Cold Hard B**ch”, “Look What You’ve Done”, and of course, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”.
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