With 11 nominations in total, Flume is poised to make a big splash at next month’s 30th annual ARIA Awards.
The Sydney-raised electronic music producer (real name Harley Streten) is again up for best male artist, the category he won at the 2013 ceremony, and his ARIA chart-topping sophomore album Skin is in the running for album of the year. The EDM star's "Never Be Like You" (feat. Kai) (Future Classic) -- the most popular single in Australia in the first half -- is in the hunt for Apple Music song of the year, a new category voted on by the digital music service's subscribers.
The Australian recording industry’s flagship awards ceremony will take place Nov. 23 at The Star in Sydney.
Not far behind the EDM star are the likes of Troye Sivan (seven ARIA Award nominations); Illy, Sia, and the Avalanches (all with six nominations), while King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Rüfüs, Violent Soho (five each) and Bernard Fanning (four) are well-placed. The Veronicas, Hilltop Hoods, Delta Goodrem and Courtney Barnett are also among the multi-nominated acts.
The best international artist category will be contested this time by Adele, Beyonce, Coldplay, Drake, Meghan Trainor, Justin Bieber, One Direction,Taylor Swift, twenty one pilots and The Weeknd.
Flume’s 2016 awards season is already off to cracking start. The 24-year-old cleaned up with a hattrick of prizes -- producer and engineer of the year, and best cover art -- as the ARIA “Artisan” and “Fine Arts” award winners were announced Wednesday (Oct. 5) at a ceremony in Sydney where nominations for the main awards were also revealed (his sweep means Flume will chase a further eight trophies on the big night). In a taped message, Flume revealed he would perform live at the 2016 gala.
This year’s ARIAs will celebrate a "record breaking year" for Australian artists, according to the trade body’s CEO Dan Rosen, with 16 homegrown acts topping the ARIA Charts and a cadre of acts blowing up overseas. And in a welcome bonus, the market's record biz returned to growth in 2015. One of the country's most cherished acts in recent memory, Crowded House, will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame at the ceremony.