With eight nominations, electronic producer and artist Harley Streten -- aka Flume -- is the runaway favorite to sweep the 27th ARIA Awards in Sydney. Tame Impala is close behind with seven nominations, while Birds of Tokyo and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds grab six nods.
The Australian record industry’s flagship awards ceremony will be held for the first time at the Star Event Centre, on Dec. 1.
The 21-year-old Flume's eponymous debut is out-front with chances for album of the year, breakthrough artist - release, best male artist, best dance release, and best Australian live act. He’s also in the running for the publicly-voted song of the year category with “Holdin' On” (Future Classic), for which director Joe Nappa collects a nomination for the best video category.
Flume’s raft of ARIA nominations, announced at a ceremony in Sydney today, comes less than a week after he cleaned-up at the Independent Music Awards in Melbourne with four trophies. His chances to win at the ARIAs got off to a great start, with Streten today winning the 2013 ARIA producer of the year category, one of a handful of "Fine Arts" and "Artisan" award categories revealed ahead of the ceremony.
Regardless of his success on the night of the ARIAs, Flume has enjoyed a stellar 12 months. “Flume” opened at No. 2 last November, held-off the top spot by One Direction. The set later climbed to No. 1 on the ARIA albums chart and is now platinum certified Down Under. The LP spawned the gold-certified singles "Sleepless" and "On Top" (ft T-Shirt), and the double-platinum certified "Holdin On,” all of which cracked the Triple J radio network’s "Hottest 100" poll of 2012.
Also up for a string of ARIAs is Tame Impala, whose critically lauded “Lonerism” (Modular) is mentioned for the big categories of best album, best group and best rock album. Kevin Parker’s Perth-originated outfit is also in the hunt for the publicly-voted best Australian live act, one of four awards decided by fans. And there’s multiple nominations for the likes of Empire Of The Sun, Guy Sebastian, Matt Corby, Vance Joy, Paul Kelly, Boy & Bear, San Cisco and the Drones.
Trade body ARIA is in celebratory mood ahead of its awards. The ARIA Charts this year hit its 30th anniversary, and home-grown artists have landed 11 No. 1 albums in 2013 -- a feat not achieved since 2004.
The parties kick off earlier with the “ARIA Week” of gigs and masterclasses, all of which serve as entrees for the main course that is the main awards show on the Sunday night.
Click here for the full list of ARIA Awards nominees.