Missy Higgins Wins Five ARIAs

With five wins, Missy Higgins dominated the 19th Australian Record Industry Asociation awards, held last night (Oct. 23) at the Sydney SuperDome.

With five wins, Missy Higgins dominated the 19th Australian Record Industry Asociation awards, held last night (Oct. 23) at the Sydney SuperDome. Higgins' debut set, "The Sound of White," won album of the year, highest selling album, best pop and breakthrough artist honors; she was also named best new artist.

"The Sound of White" has shifted 560,000 units (eight times platinum) in Australia, according to EMI.

"The wins have been the pinnacle to what's been an amazing year," said the 22-year old, who has spent much of this year touring the United States opening for Jason Mraz and Ray Lamontagne. "The Sound Of White" is released in the United States and the United Kingdom by Warner Bros.

End Of Fashion's single "O Yeah" won in the breakthrough artist, single category. Keith Urban's "Be Here" won the country award, the Go-Betweens' "Oceans Apart" took the adult contemporary category and Jet's "Right Right Right" claimed the music DVD accolade.

This year's ARIAs were dominated by breakthrough acts, as major artists including Powderfinger, Delta Goodrem, Kylie Minogue, Pete Murray, Kasey Chambers and Alex Lloyd were out of the spotlight.

The night also proved a triumph for Ben Lee, a music industry veteran at 27 (he fronted his band Noise Addict at 16). Lee won best male performer, while his album "Awake Is the New Sleep" (Inertia) won the independent album category and "Catch My Disease" won single of the year. Until this year, Lee had not won an ARIA Award.

Jimmy Barnes, who has notched up six consecutive chart-topping solo albums, was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.

Among the live performances was a rendition by Neil Finn of the Crowded House hit "Better Be Home Soon" after organizers aired a video tribute to the act's drummer Paul Hester, who committed suicide in March.