With a whopping seven nominations each, Gotye, Boy & Bear, and Drapht are the frontrunners heading up to the Nov. 27 ARIA Awards in Sydney.
Despite his smash hit album "Making Mirrors" (Eleven) missing the eligibility timeframe this year, Gotye (otherwise known as Wally De Backer) is in seventh heaven on the back of his single "Somebody That I Used to Know (feat Kimbra)" (Eleven/Universal).
For some months now, the track has dominated the airwaves and sales charts in these parts.
Gotye was on hand at a launch function today in Sydney, where he collected three of five Fine Arts awards presented by ARIA.
Few would argue that Gotye is Australia's hottest current music property.
Western Australian MC Drapht makes a big splash in the ARIA nominations, following the chart-topping performance of his album "The Life of Riley" and it's lead single "Rupunzel."
Another newcomer, Boy & Bear, have confirmed their arrival in the record industry's big league with today's showering on nominations. The local quintet enjoyed a top 5 bow for their self-produced album "Moonfire" (Island).
Each of the "big three" will perform on awards night.
As previously reported, today's big reveal coincided with the independent music community's annual awards night in Melbourne. It was an unfortunate overlap, which has infuriated execs in the indie sector.
There was, however, an element of cross-pollination as the likes of Drapht, Jezabels, Adalita and Illy enjoyed nominations across both events, a bonus both trade bodies acknowledged. According to AIR, 43 independent artists were nominated for ARIAs.
Staying with the Australian industry's flagship gala, there were six nominations for indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, and rockers Eskimo Joe. Yunupingu also received a Fine Arts gong.
Birds of Tokyo are chasing five ARIAs, while pop singer Guy Sebastian and the late rocker Billy Thorpe are each up for four.
Six artists grabbed a hattrick of nominations.
Also on the night will be the presentation of three "most popular" awards, which will be decided by public vote.
The 25th ARIA Awards will take place on familiar turf after last year's "experiment" on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House. It proved to be a disastrous show, reflected by tumbling ratings. The 20,000-capacity Allphones Arena (formerly Acera Arena) has hosted numerous ARIAs through the noughties, and it's hire will be seen as a sensible move.