Wolfmother smashed its equipment, Silverchair played a Midnight Oil song as the veteran act was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame after a video message from U2's Bono, Powderfinger's Bernard Fanning

Wolfmother smashed its equipment, Silverchair played a Midnight Oil song as the veteran act was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame after a video message from U2's Bono, Powderfinger's Bernard Fanning sang a ballad with Kasey Chambers and Clare Bowditch and hip-hop posse Hilltop Hoods performed with a string quartet.

These were just some of highlight of last night's (Oct. 29) ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) awards, held at Sydney's Accor Stadium.

Fanning won male artist and best album for his solo debut "Tea And Sympathy" (Dew Process/Universal). The record earlier took two artisan awards, held Sept. 13 as part of the final nominations announcement, for cover art and video for the lead single "Wish You Well".

Eskimo Joe's "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" (Mushroom/Warner Music Australia) won trophies for best single ("Black Fingernails, Red Wine") and music DVD ("Eskimo Joe"). The band had earlier taken producer and engineer at the September event.

But the night belonged to Wolfmother, whose self-titled debut album for Modular/Universal helped the band to wins in the best group, rock album and breakthrough artist/album categories.

First-time winners had an impressive showing on the night. TV Rock's debut "Flaunt It" (Sony BMG) took best dance and highest-selling single, while Hilltop Hoods fourth album "The Hard Road" (Obese), which in March debuted atop the ARIA chart, took independent and urban release awards.

Pop twin sisters the Veronicas, who recalled watching the awards as children and "rehearsing" their acceptance speeches, got to deliver one at the gala proper. The duo's debut album "The Veronicas -- The Secret Life Of... " (Engine Room Music/ Sire Records) won in the pop category.

As part of Midnight Oil's induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame, Bono in a taped message observed, "theirs was a shrill voice" and commended their "red earth rhythms under urban rhymes."

Silverchair, who performed the Oil's "I Don't Wanna Be the One" with a brass section, ended the performance with Daniel Johns throwing his guitar on the stage while he spray-painted "PG For PM" (Peter Garrett For Prime Minister) on the backdrop. Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett is now a politician.