Tame Impala, Flume Clean Up At The ARIAs

Tame Impala accept the award for 'Best Rock Album' during the 27th Annual ARIA Awards 2013 at the Star on December 1, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

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Tame Impala and Flume were the big winners at the 27th ARIA Awards, taking out the bulk of the night’s biggest categories between them.

Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala was named best group, and its critically-lauded “Lonerism” (Modular Recordings) won for best album and best rock album. The hattrick of awards caps a meteoric rise for the psychedelic outfit which has already earned heaps of praise – and trophies – from around the world. Parker was in a relaxed mood at the ceremony at Sydney’s Star Event Centre, where he arrived at the podium in rubber flip flops. Later, he abandoned his footwear and collected the best album award barefoot.

International Stars Get Shirty With Aussies in ARIA Awards Campaign

It’s no secret Flume -- the 22-year-old otherwise known as Harley Streten -- is the whiz kid of Australia’s current electronic music scene. His triple-win at the ARIAs was reward for a breakthrough year. Flume’s self-titled album is one of 12 homegrown works to claim the top spot on the ARIA Albums chart this year, a feat not seen since 2004, and his profile in the U.K. and Europe is on the rise.

On Sunday night he managed an historic achievement when he won for best male artist. "Do you know what the really coolest thing about winning this is? I'm a producer, I don't even sing," he told the audience. "I actually did a bit of research and found out that never in the history of the ARIAs has someone who doesn't sing won this award. I'm not a frontman. I prefer to spend my time sitting in a dark room, in front of a laptop. So hopefully it opens the floodgates for producers around Oz and people with bad voices in general."

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Flume had won the ARIA producer of the year category in a pre-Awards ceremony, and on Sunday night he continued his good form, taking out the night’s first prize, the breakthrough category.

On winning the dance release award, Flume gave a tip to his fellow community of Aussie producers. “Right now, Australian electronic music is killing it. I keep getting asked in interviews. Australian music is killing it right now, especially in the electronic music department.”

The other multiple winners on the night were Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, whose "Push The Sky Away" (Bad Seed Ltd/Kobalt Label Services) took out best independent release and best adult contemporary. And pop-soul singer Guy Sebastian, who took out best Australian live act and best pop release for his recording "Armageddon" (Sony Music Entertainment Australia).

Sebastian was still working the "black carpet" when his name was called out for having won the best pop release category. Sony Music Australasia chairman and CEO Denis Handlin gave the speech on his artist’s behalf. Organizers later re-staged the award presentation with Sebastian taking the spotlight.

Air Supply to be Entered Into ARIA Hall of Fame

As expected, '70s-80s soft-rock hitmakers Air Supply were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. After the band’s sizzle-reel finished, frontman Russell Hitchcock quipped, “Watching those videos, I keep thinking ‘what was I thinking wearing those clothes'?”

Another veteran performer enjoying a career resurgence is Russell Morris, whose latest album “Sharkmouth” (Fanfare Records/EMI) gave him an unexpected hit Down Under, some four decades after he first broke through with “The Real Thing.” “Good God,” Morris said as he collected the award for best blues and roots album. “Now I know how Moses felt coming out if the wilderness after 40 years."

Alicia Keys was on hand to award pop singer Jess Mauboy with the trophy for best female artist. "This is so incredible being an indigenous Australian woman,” Mauboy said. “This award is about creating pathways. And we just did that. The Australian industry...we've got so much talent. We are so deadly in this country, man, and we forget that.”

Western Australian act Karnivool won best hard rock/heavy metal album with their chart-topper “Asymmetry” (Cymatic Records/Sony Music Entertainment Australia). Guitarist and founding member Andrew Goddard thanked ARIA for acknowledging "the bogan award” (slang for a particular brand of uncouth Australian). Boy band One Direction won best international artist.

Keys and Mauboy were also among the performers at the show, as were the likes of Birds of Tokyo, Bliss N Eso, Flume, Vance Joy, Tame Impala and Lorde, who in her first Australian TV appearance performed “Team.” “It’s nice to play here. It feels kinda like home,” the New Zealander told Billboard.com earlier in the night.

The 2013 ARIA Awards list of winners:

Album of the Year
Tame Impala - "Lonerism" (Modular Recordings)

Breakthrough Artist - Release
Flume - "Flume" (Future Classic)

Best Male Artist
Flume - "Flume" (Future Classic)

Best Female Artist
Jessica Mauboy - "To The End Of The Earth" (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Best Group
Tame Impala - "Lonerism" (Modular Recordings)

Best Independent Release
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "Push The Sky Away" (Bad Seed Ltd/Kobalt Label Services)

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "Push The Sky Away" (Bad Seed Ltd/Kobalt Label Services)

Best Blues and Roots Album
Russell Morris - "Sharkmouth" (Fanfare Records/EMI)

Best Children's Album
Justine Clarke - "A Little Day Out with Justine Clarke" (ABC Music)

Best Comedy Release
Tom & Alex - "The Bits We're Least Ashamed Of" (triple j) (ABC Music)

Best Country Album
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson - "Wreck and Ruin" (Liberation Music)

Best Dance Release
Flume - "Flume" (Future Classic)

Best Pop Release
Guy Sebastian - "Armageddon" (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Best Rock Album
Tame Impala - "Lonerism" (Modular Recordings)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Karnivool - "Asymmetry" (Cymatic Records/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Best Urban Album
Illy - "Bring it Back" (Obese Records)

Song Of The Year (*publicly voted)
Matt Corby - "Resolution" (Mercury Australia)

Best Video (*publicly voted)
Samantha Jade - "Firestarter" (Sony Music Entertainment Australia). Directed by Christopher Frey.

Best Australian Live Act (*publicly voted)
Guy Sebastian (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Best International Artist (*publicly voted)
One Direction (Syco/Sony Music Entertainment Australia)