Kasey Chambers, Alex Lloyd, and Silverchair lead the nominations for the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards, with seven each. New acts George and the Vines received six nominations a

Kasey Chambers, Alex Lloyd, and Silverchair lead the nominations for the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards, with seven each. New acts George and the Vines received six nominations apiece; hip-hop/dance act 1200 Techniques earned five. The awards will be presented Oct. 15 at the Sydney Superdome.

Vying for album of the year are Chambers' "Barricades & Brickwalls" (EMI), George's "Polyserena" (FMR), Lloyd's "Watching Angels Mend" (EMI), Kylie Minogue's "Fever" (FMR), and Silverchair's "Diorama" (Eleven/EMI). Up for best group are George, Grinspoon, Powderfinger, Silverchair, and the Vines.

Single of the year is between Chambers' "Not Pretty Enough," Grinspoon's "Chemical Heart" (Universal Music Australia), Lloyd's "Amazing," Minogue's "Can't Get You out of My Head," and the Vines' "Get Free" (Engine Room/EMI). Chambers and George will be among the performers at the awards, which are voted on by a panel of 700 industry members.

Four award winners were announced yesterday (Sept. 16) in Sydney. Silverchair won for best cover art, engineer, and producer; 1200 Techniques took best video for "Karma" (Rubber/Sony).

Powderfinger dominated last year's awards, taking home best group, while its Universal set "Odyssey Number Five" won prizes for album, rock album, highest selling album, and cover art. Its chart-topping single "My Happiness" scored record of the year.

For a full list of nominees, visit the ARIA's official Web site.

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